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Medicines management team win 4 awards for improving patient safety

An innovative electronic system successfully used by GP practices and managed by the Medicines Management team at NHS East Lancashire CCG has scooped 4 top awards for improving patient safety.

Out of over 55 CCGs across the country East Lancashire Medicines Management Team, working in conjunction with 56 GP practices, won the awards for:

- Antipsychotic monitoring
- Anticoagulation monitoring
- Ischaemic heart disease prevention
- Ischaemic heart disease monitoring

In addition, Burnley-based Kiddrow Lane Medical Practice reached the last 5 out of 800 practices for excellence in diabetes monitoring.

NHS East Lancashire CCG invested in the system, called ECLIPSE to help GPs to improve patient safety for particular conditions. ECLIPSE stands for: Electronic Care Leading to Improved Prescribing Safety & Empowerment. The system which is a secure, and confidential system allows GPs to ensure that patients receive the right dose of their medication, and are being regularly monitored to avoid any complications. The system identifies patients who are at risk of unnecessary medical emergencies from medicines related harm. The system radically improves patient safety and saves lives system in a unique way of helping GPs keep on top of the medication for their patients.

Dr Lisa Rogan, Associate Director of Medicines, Research and Clinical Effectiveness at NHS East Lancashire said:

“The recognition this system has achieved and the positive impact it has had on the lives of so many NHS patients across the country is incredible. I’m so pleased that working in partnership with our GPs we are ensuring East Lancashire patients benefit from this innovative system. It helps our local NHS to protect and care for those at risk of unnecessary emergency admissions to hospital.”

Dr Rogan added:

“I am delighted that we have won these awards because they show that the system works and that in the areas of antipsychotic, anticoagulation and heart disease prescribing GPs are doing the very best they can for their patients.”

Each year thousands of patients die from medication-related incidents. In 2010 alone, there were 4.9 million emergency admissions and, of these, 6-7% of these were medicine related. Nationally, this has cost the NHS £8.8billion.

With each medication-induced emergency admission costing around £5,000, there is a potential saving of £1billion if a reliable system could be implemented to identify and support at-risk patients.

ECLIPSE was developed by a Norfolk GP and was piloted in East Lancashire during 2015 in selected GP practices then rolled out across all 56 GP practices in the area. It is now utilised by more than 4000 surgeries in England (and that number is growing).

The ECLIPSE Live system is a revolutionary prescribing and screening computer system that identifies those at risk of emergency admissions. It brings together data confidentially and securely to create safety reports automatically. This empowers GPs locally to identify patients at risk of a medicine related emergency admission and helps both patient and the NHS to avoid unnecessary admission where possible.

This ability to prevent emergency admissions from medicine related events is saving lives and protecting more than 3 million patients across England.