Local Trust holding special medicines information event


Local people who use mental health and learning disability services provided by the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and their carers are invited to a special medicines information event to be held on Tuesday 9th March called working together to get the best of medicines.

The event is being organised by the Trust’s drug and therapeutics trust action group to help highlight what information is available in the Trust and elsewhere regarding medicines.

It is the action group’s responsibility to advise the Trust on policy related to appropriate use, availability and cost of medicines, related products and physical therapies to be used within the Trust. The group also monitors the entry of new medicines and therapies in the Trust with reference to the impact on patient care, safety and cost implications.

The special information day will run from 10am to 4pm in the conference room at the education centre, Fieldhead, Wakefield, WF1 3SP and will be an ideal opportunity for service users to have their say on the future of information provision surrounding medicines within the Trust.

There will be a number of guest speakers including the Trust’s medical director Dr Nisreen Booya and the chief pharmacist Lynn Haygarth, who will discuss the drug and therapeutic TAG group in more detail.

Sessions will also include what factors influence the decisions to take medicines or not and medicines choice from the prescribers perspective.

In the afternoon workshops will be held to give service users and their carers the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions relating to the Trust’s policy on prescribing medicines.

Kate Dewhirst, medicines management pharmacist, said, "This is an ideal opportunity for people who use the Trust’s services and their carers to hear in depth information about medicines and suggest what questions they could ask if their treatment plan includes prescribed medicine. This will help to tackle any worries they might have surrounding medicines."

Places at the event are limited so people interested in attending are advised to book in advance. Bookings can be made through Dr Booya’s secretary Jenny Spencer on 01924 327138.

Local Trust holding special medicines information event

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