The Medicines Optimisation Team supports healthcare professionals across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire West (BOB) to optimise medicines use and ensure the right treatment choices are made. The medicines optimisation teams work both across BOB and at place.
The aims of the Medicines Optimisation Team are:
- To promote safe, evidence based and cost-effective use of medicines
- To provide up-to-date information and guidance about medicines and treatments
- To support prescribers and patients to make the best use of medicines
- To reduce the risks of adverse effects and harm caused by medicines
- To develop local guidelines and care pathways to optimise the use of medicines and management of conditions
- To work collaboratively with local hospital trusts and other healthcare providers to support medicines optimisation
For any medicines or prescribing related queries and communications please email the team:
BOB Area Prescribing Committee
The Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire West Area Prescribing Committee (BOB APC) was established in July 2022. The committee consists of GPs, representatives from the BOB ICB Medicines Optimisation team and representatives from healthcare providers across BOB, particularly the hospitals, Local Medical Committee and Local Pharmaceutical Committee.
BOB APC considers new drugs, prescribing guidelines, shared care protocols and provides recommendations on prescribing and medicines optimisation across the BOB Health Economy. The group considers any new NICE guidance which includes drugs. BOB APC classifies drugs according to the local ‘Traffic Light’ system.
The Traffic Light Prescribing Classification provides information on restrictions on prescribing certain drugs across the whole health economy and all providers are contractually obliged to adhere to them.
If you wish to make an application for a new medicine, guideline or shared care protocol to be considered by BOB APC please contact email@example.com. Applications must be received at least 4 weeks prior to scheduled meetings to enable full support by the Medicines Optimisation team around review of evidence, clinical effectiveness and resource impact.
Work is underway to align the formularies across BOB.
The current formularies for the three areas can be found here: