The RMOCs function as a single national system, with their meetings scheduled so that there is one meeting somewhere in the country each month. This enables a nimble approach to issuing recommendations. The recommendations of one committee are valid across England. For some areas, where the RMOC role relates more to co-ordinating actions against national priorities, each committee may consider the same topic and develop plans mindful of the individual regional context.
The RMOC work-programme is developed with reference to priorities such as those determined by the Medicines Value Programme and through horizon scanning for new medicines. In addition, the RMOCs consider Medicines Optimisation topics suggested from patients, practitioners, and teams from across the NHS.
For topics suggested from patients, practitioners, and teams, we know that across England there are examples of good practice in Medicines Optimisation in the NHS; however, we also know that there are situations that are causing difficulties. Therefore through this website, you can submit your ideas for the RMOCs to consider. You need to register with the site and login, and then click “Raise a topic” on the RMOC home page to start the process of letting us know your idea. We welcome suggestions from anyone, including from patients and the public.
Following submission, your topic will be assessed by a team of expert pharmacists prior to being passed to a senior panel, and then potentially onwards to the RMOCs. You’ll learn more about the process once you’ve submitted a topic, and we’ll keep you informed throughout as your idea progresses.
The types of topics and ideas that have been submitted to-date include:
- Production of national guidance for the administration of flu vaccinations by Care Home staff to reduce variation
- Rationalisation of the many insulin products which are now available, as this can potentially lead to prescribing and dispensing errors
- Unmanaged antidepressant prescribing in primary and secondary care, especially in the longer-term
Assistant Head (Medicines Optimisation), Specialist Pharmacy Service