NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines
Medicines Update

What’s the right treatment for you?

Medicines in Scotland: What’s the right treatment for you? Information for patients and the public

This recently published medicines factsheet focuses on the patient journey starting at consultation and explains how healthcare professionals decide whether to prescribe a medicine and if so, which to prescribe. 

The medicines factsheet has the potential to underpin the conversations required between patients and healthcare professionals to fulfil the quality ambitions of NHSScotland, educate the public about the benefits and risks of medicines and engage patients in shared decision-making, ultimately leading to higher quality care and better outcomes. It, therefore, supports NHSScotland ambitions of safety, effectiveness and person-centred care which were recently reinforced in The Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report 2014-2015 Realistic Medicine, The National Clinical Strategy for Scotland and Prescription for Excellence.  The medicines factsheet replaces the 2010 Health Rights Information Scotland (HRIS) leaflet, New Medicines in Scotland – who decides what the NHS can provide?

The medicines factsheet was developed by the Area Drug and Therapeutics (ADTC) Collaborative, hosted by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, in response to a recommendation of the Health and Sport Committee Inquiry 2013 seeking more open and transparent information for patients and the public on decision making on medicines.  The ADTC Collaborative team worked with healthcare professionals, public partners, public involvement groups and patient and carer support groups across NHSScotland to develop the medicines factsheet.

The medicines factsheet can be downloaded here. Healthcare Improvement Scotlandare currently exploring options for wider dissemination to NHSScotland. 

Published 20th June 2016