The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) hosted the launch of the first national guidance on peri-operative medicines, developed by the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association’s (UKCPA) Surgery & Theatres Group, at its headquarters in London on 29 September 2016. The Handbook of Peri-operative Medicine, which is endorsed by the RPS, is aimed at all healthcare providers working in the surgical field who have an interest in peri-operative care.
“We are delighted to endorse this important document,” says Neal Patel, head of corporate communications at the RPS. “It will provide unified guidance to all health professionals on how medicines should be optimally managed in patients undergoing surgery.
“It is a great example of the pharmacy profession working collaboratively and demonstrating leadership to improve patient care.”
Sophie Blow, an advanced clinical pharmacist specialising in Surgery at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and project manager for the new guidance, says: “We hope that the Handbook of Peri-operative Medicines, developed collaboratively by clinical pharmacy experts working in the area of surgery, will remove the need for individual local guidelines and will ultimately reduce variations in patient care and improve outcomes for patients undergoing surgery.”
The handbook has been developed in a similar format to other medicines management resources developed by the UKCPA, such as the Renal Drug Handbook.