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NHS Lewisham CCG LIMOS shortlisted for four awards


NHS Lewisham CCG and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust are pleased to announce that an innovative partnership to improve medicine management has been shortlisted for four awards in the annual Patient Safety Awards organised by Health Service Journal (HSJ) and the Nursing Times.

The Lewisham Integrated Medicines Optimisation Service (LIMOS) model which has been developed and commissioned by NHS Lewisham CCG and delivered by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust has been shortlisted in four categories:

Managing Long Term Conditions category

Patient Safety in Care of Older People category

Improving Safety in Medicines Management category

Improving Safety and Quality in Primary Care category

The service helps patients to manage their own medicines and remain as independent as possible.  It works across both health and social care services to support patients who are at high risk of medicine related problems.    This innovative approach is helping some of our most vulnerable patients, including those who are housebound and who find it hard to use services.     

From the initial 469 patients reviewed in the past 12 months the services has prevented over 150 A&E attendances, 28 hospital admissions and stopped 238 unnecessary medicines.  

Martin Wilkinson, Chief Officer of NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group said:

"LIMOS has had such a positive impact on patients in Lewisham, particularly in preventing hospital admissions and the need for emergency care.   It is helping us to deliver better health and best care to some of our more vulnerable patients in Lewisham.  The team has worked incredibly hard to develop and deliver this service and it is fantastic to have been recognised by the Patient Safety Awards in four categories.  6 July is going to be a big night for Lewisham, we are all very excited."

Kit Lai, Deputy Director of Pharmacy, said

"Some people may need to take a range of medicines, and failure to do so can have a major impact on their health.  Through this initiative LIMOS develop and implement care plans for patients with regular follow-up by phone or home visit to ensure that interventions continue to meet their needs and support patients to remain independent."  

The awards ceremony is taking place on 6 July at The Patient Safety Congress in Birmingham.