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The aim of the Medicines Partnership Programme
The aim of the Medicines Partnership Programme is to enable patients to get the most out of medicines, by involving them as partners in decisions about treatment and supporting them in medicine taking
The main benefits associated with this strategy are;
  • better health outcomes
  • improved patient satisfaction with delivery of healthcare
  • it may reduce medicines waste since patients are likely to be more motivatedto take medicines that they are prescribed
  • it may also result in fewer medicines being prescribed as healthprofessionals make more appropriate prescribing decisions, reflecting the fact that the decision whether to take medicines or not lies ultimately with patients
We are working towards these aims by supporting the implementation of concordance. In practice, this will mean that in the future:
  1. Health professionals view prescribing as something they do jointly with patients
  2. Patients expect to be involved in decisions about their medicines
  3. Resources are available to help patients with different needs to understand their medicines
  4. Different health professionals work in partnership with each other and with patients
  5. Services operate to support patients taking medicines
Medicines Partnership is working towards these objectives through five distinct areas of work:
  • Changing Professional Behaviour: Building the skills of pharmacists, doctors and nurses to involve patients as partners in treatment decisions and to support them in taking medicines. Click here to read more about our Professional Development programme
  • Shaping Policy: Working with the Department of Health and other NHS organisations to ensure that patient partnership is embedded in key policy initiatives. Click here to find out more.
  • Enabling Patients to be Partners: Ensuring that patients expect to be involved as partners in prescribing decisions and have the information and support to do so. Click here to find out more.
  • Services to Support Concordance: Showing how concordance can be put into practice by identifying and supporting practical concordance projects within the NHS, industry and patient organisations. Click here to find out more.
  • Knowledge Management: Supporting the programme by drawing together research evidence, translating this into practical knowledge and seeking to encourage further research especially on how to measure and audit concordance. Click here to find out more.
You can download a PowerPoint presentation below which summarises the evidence for concordance, explains what concordance is and introduces Medicines Partnership.

Related Documents
Presentation giving an overview of concordance and the role of the Medicines Partnership (in pdf format). December 2003.