Providing information and resources to support the safe and effective use of medicines in any healthcare setting is a key part of what we do. So in this section you'll find resources that will help you adhere to regulatory guidance, set up a service, introduce a change in practice, or implement a particular Medicines Optimisation priority. Throughout, our aim is to provide “do once and share” resources that can be adopted or adapted for local use.

Guidance and Governance

Here you'll find regulatory advice and resources to support the development of local policies; and standards and guidance to reduce risks and improve medication safety and governance processes. This section also contains Patient Group Directions (PGDs) examples and related resources.


Despite good intentions, we know it can be difficult to implement national guidance and best practice locally. This section contains a range of resources that support the implementation of particular Medicines Optimisation priorities. For example, you’ll find guidance on how to introduce a change in practice and procedures you can use or adapt.


Supporting healthcare staff to deliver services that ensure the safe and effective use of medicines is paramount. Our resources here range from competency frameworks for users of PGDs, to an induction programme for staff new to community health services.

Research and Audits

Knowing about best practice and how to ensure it is vital to deliver Medicines Optimisation. To support this, we have a range of audit and benchmarking reports and tools. Many of these you can use directly or adapt for local use. In addition, you'll find practice research undertaken by network members, as well as guidance on how to undertake similar pieces of work.