Suffolk & North East Essex Shadow Integrated Care System

Working together to improve medication advice

September 2018

Patients at Ipswich and Colchester hospitals are benefitting from high quality advice on their medication while receiving consistent standards of care across both sites after the pharmacies at the two trusts began working together as a single team.

The departments have been working closely together for over a year to share best practice and improve efficiency while also rolling out joint training for staff, such as the Structured Medicines Information Learning Exercise (SMiLE) programme. The programme aims to upskill clinical pharmacy staff so that they can access the medicines information they need to treat patients and optimise medication both for inpatients and on discharge home.