Medicines Optimisation is defined by NICE as ‘a person centred approach to safe and effective medicines use to ensure the best possible outcomes from their medicines’. The overall aim of the MOIC is to work towards better patient outcomes by initiating, developing & sharing best practice with regards to medicines use. This is achieved by using a combination of 4 key areas of working: Research, Quality Improvement, Knowledge transfer and Innovation. As well as launching and establishing the Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre, the current key initiatives for MOIC include:
- Involvement in EU grants which aim to improve patient care across Europe
- Knowledge transfer in relation to pharmacy systems developed in NI to other parts of the UK and Europe
- Continued development of integrated technology solutions which includes working with the European Connected Health Alliance
- Training and development of other Health Care Professionals through welcoming visitors to NI from Europe and the middle East for training periods lasting up to 5 months.
In addition to our core aim of improving patient outcomes, such initiatives in Medicines Optimisation will develop Public-Private cross-sector working thereby helping the local economy.