NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group

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Medicines and Prescribing

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NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) responsibilities include paying for the medicines that patients in Sheffield receive on prescription. With demand for NHS services continuing to increase and with an ageing population, we are seeing increased levels of prescribing and rapidly rising medicines costs.

Our latest figures showed prescribing in the city is nearly 10% higher than it was at the same time last year and we are looking at a number of areas where a lesser expensive alternative is available, or where products are available over the counter but the NHS is paying premium prices for them.

We have reviewed prescribing in the city and are making some changes that we think are common sense measures to bring down the cost of prescribing without significantly impacting on patient care. Asking GPs to make changes to prescribing is one of the ways we think we can ensure that spending is prioritised to best effect.

Faced with ever increasing levels of demand, it is vital that we use the NHS resources as effectively as possible in order to provide the best quality of care for all patients.

Have your say

The CCG is committed to being open and honest and having conversations with patients and the public and medical professionals about whatever changes we have to consider with a view to spending Sheffield’s NHS monies on the best, highest quality health care for the city.

We are now actively seeking views, particularly from affected groups, about these changes and whether, if these are widely felt not to be the right measures, there are alternatives.

If you would like to feedback to us please don’t hesitate to contact us on sheccg.engagementactivity@nhs.net

Over the counter medicines on prescription

Last year the NHS spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines for minor conditions which could have been bought over the counter from a high street pharmacy or supermarket.

By reducing what we spend on treating conditions that are self-limiting or lend themselves to self-care, we will have more money to spend on high priority areas that have a greater impact for patients, to support improvements in services and to deliver transformation that will ensure the long-term sustainability of the NHS.

Help to support improvements in services by telling us about how you use medications. Any savings from implementing the proposals could be reinvested in improving patient care.

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NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group

722 Prince of Wales Road
S9 4EU