Reducing variation in healthcare is a priority for both the NHS nationally, as well as the Devon system as it transitions to an Integrated Care System (ICS). The Medicines Optimisation team at Devon CCG have launched the Devon Medicines Optimisation Scheme (DMOS), a Devon-wide scheme that has been developed to support delivery of local and national medicines optimisation priorities, and to address unwarranted variation in prescribing across Devon.
Practices have been encouraged to undertake activity in areas where their prescribing is an outlier compared to peers nationally. Areas identified in the scheme are designed to improve the safety, clinical appropriateness, and cost effectiveness of medicines, therefore producing the best outcomes for patients for the investment in their medicines.
As a result of this, you may see changes in prescribing habits and stock levels required in your pharmacies. The areas of prescribing on which some practices will be focused include: