Medicines Partnership exists to enable people to get the most out of their medicines by involving them as partners in treatment decisions, to the extent that they want it, and supporting them in medicine taking. Its task is to work with others to integrate this model throughout the healthcare sector.
The Medicines Partnership vision for the future is that a partnership approach will be fully integrated into the healthcare sector and that, as a consequence:
Health professionals will view prescribing as something they do jointly with patients. This means professionals equipped with the necessary skills to engage patients, investing time in reaching informed agreement for major prescribing decisions.
Patients will expect to be involved in decisions about their medicines as far as they want to be. This means that they will feel confident to ask questions and discuss medicines and treatment options with their health professional.
Resources will be available to help patients with different needs to understand their medicines and participate in treatment decisions. This means that all patients will have access to information about their condition, the treatment options available and the risks and benefits of different options, relative to their own situation.
Different health professionals will work in partnership with each other and with patients. This means all professionals involved in a patient's care sharing information and making use of opportunities to engage patients, with extended roles to make the best use of skills, where appropriate.
Services will operate to support patients taking medicines. This means that patients can expect to have regular medicine reviews as well as access to information and support through a medium appropriate to their need, including making use of technology solutions.