Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Medicines management standards

The following guidance documents set out the procedures to be followed to ensure the legal, safe and secure handling of medicines, including prescribing, ordering, dispensing, storage and administration. They aim to ensure the highest standards of medicines management, and thus minimise the risk of medicines errors.

The guidance is presented as a series of 'Medicines Standards' covering all aspects of the medicines use process and applies to all medical, nursing, pharmacy and allied health professions involved in medicines management activities in Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.

The 'Medicines Standards' are arranged in 5 broad groups, as follows.

Group A: High risk medicines

A1: Reporting adverse drug reactions and drug errors

A2: Prescribing methotrexate

A3: Prescribing lithium

A4: Prescribing insulin

A5: Oral anticoagulant therapy

A6: Prescribing oral chemotherapy

A7: Prescribing and management of controlled drugs

A8: Prescribing and administration of injectable medicines

Group B: Medicines Optimisation

B1: Medicines reconciliation in primary care

B2: Repeat prescribing and medication review

B3: Working with the pharmaceutical industry

B4: Waste management

Group C: Prescribing

C1: Prescribing

C2: Management and storage of prescriptions (please also refer to the prescription security audit)

C3: Remote prescribing

C4: Prescribing unlicensed and off-label medicines

C5: Prescribing in cow's milk protein allergy

C6: Non-medical prescribing

Group D: CQC Standards

D1: Development and implementation of SOPs

Group E: DSQS

E1: Storage and safe custody of medicines