One week to go to submit feedback on new prescribing proposals

The North West London Collaboration of CCGs has been considering two proposals to do with how they prescribe medicines. The first proposal is around reducing waste associated with repeat prescriptions by encouraging more patients to take control of their re-ordering. The second is if a patient requires a medicine from a list of products available over the counter, having the GP ask the patient if they would be willing to buy that medicine from their local pharmacy rather than receive a prescription.

As part of that work, an equality impact assessment (EQIA) was undertaken. This is important as it identifies which groups may be potentially disadvantaged by the proposals.

They want to do more here and really understand how and why some people may be disadvantaged, and what mitigations could be put in place to prevent any disadvantage. They would like your help to do that.

They would be most grateful if the completed templates could be returned either by email, to choosingwisely@nw.london.nhs.uk, or by hard copy in the mail to Freepost Healthier North West London, by the slightly extended deadline of 9.00 AM Monday 18 September.

There are two versions of the two proposal templates: Word versions and PDF versions. The PDF versions are the easy read, editable templates.

All four templates here on the CCG’s website: http://www.hammersmithfulhamccg.nhs.uk/your-voice/choosing-wisely/equality-impact-assessment.aspx

Once they have all the completed templates a final report will be compiled for the eight governing bodies which make up the North West Collaboration of CCGs, for them to assure themselves that all mitigations have been put in place.