South East London Area Prescribing Committee
At Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), we take recommendations on medicines issues from the South East London Area Prescribing Committee (APC).
It includes all the CCGs, local hospitals and NHS Trusts in south east London. The committee also has representation from local Healthwatch organisations, NHS England London area team, and support from Medicines Information Services and the South London Commissioning Support Unit.
The aims of the committee are:
- To provide a collective clinical leadership committee to ensure co-operation and consistency of approach to medicines optimisation across South East London.
- To enable all clinicians and commissioners to work together to ensure that patients have safe and consistent access to medicines with the best outcomes.
- To advise on implementation of best practice around medicines, including NICE guidelines and technology appraisals to encourage rapid and consistent implementation.
- To enable local NHS stakeholders and clinicians to exert a population approach to the prioritisation, improvement and quality of healthcare related to medicines.
A working group (South East London Area Prescribing Committee New Drugs Panel) meets monthly to assess new medicines for prescribing within south east London, where these are intended to be prescribed in primary care or commissioned by CCGs. Where primary care or commissioned medicines are subject to a new NICE technology appraisal, the committee will advise on best adoption and implementation in line with NICE guidelines.
The local hospitals have a joint formulary committee that considers new drugs within secondary care. Changes of use relating to to existing drugs used only within secondary care are not subject to any specific commissioning arrangements.
For more information about the committee including minutes, policies and guidance, visit the
Lambeth CCG website
If you wish to make an application for a new medicine to be considered by the APC please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or for further information please contact your local CCG medicines team.
Medicines recommended for use by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the National Commissioning Board are automatically included in the Medicines Formulary. Visit
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust website for more information of the formulary and the addition of drugs recommended by NICE. Their website also covers the recommendations of the NICE Good Practice Guidance on 'Developing and updating local formularies (GPG1).
To find out about local Lewisham CCG medicine guidelines go to the management of infection guidance document on the web site.
For any enquiries relating to the Formulary or medicines guidelines in Lewisham CCG please contact Eileen White on 0207 206 3200 or email