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Dudley CCG Prescriptions and Medicines Consultation – New policy from 1st August 2017.

Dudley CCG held a public consultation proposing to stop prescribing medicines for short-term, minor conditions or where there is no clear health benefit for patients.

They wanted to hear from local people as to whether they agreed with the proposals and to understand the impact of these proposals.


In Dudley we spend around £2 million per year on widely available, over the counter medicines, and GPs spend an average of £5,000 every single day seeing patients who have minor ailments that could be treated with remedies bought from a pharmacy, supermarket or shop.

The consultation ran from Wednesday 1st February 2017 to 26th April 2017.

The CCG received 332 public responses to the consultation survey, summary of results are as follows:

  • 7% of people who completed the survey live in Dudley Borough
  • 5% of people agreed with the proposal to stop prescribing the ‘over the counter’ treatments and medicines listed for short-term, minor ailments or where there is insufficient evidence of clinical benefit or cost effectiveness
  • The overall majority agreed with the individual items and remedies listed within the consultation list (see attached )

They also received 52 GP member responses to the consultation survey, summary of results are as follows:

  • 92% of GP members agreed with the proposal to stop prescribing the ‘over the counter’ treatments and medicines listed for short-term, minor ailments or where there is insufficient evidence of clinical benefit or cost effectiveness
  • The overall majority agreed with the individual items and remedies listed within the consultation list (see attached )

Since the consultation they have been considering the feedback. It has been to a number of CCG committees, including our Prescribing Committee. The feedback from the public and professionals has led to a number of insights, which have changed the proposed policy.

The staff at the CCG are grateful for everyone taking the time to give them feedback and are pleased that they now have a policy has local support, which will help them to use NHS resources effectively.

Changes to Medicine Prescribing

Changes to Medicine Prescribing Survey

Read more about these changes

View the full list of products no longer prescribed by your GP


AW Surgeries is over 100 years old and has always has a reputation for good quality patient care.

We have 9 partners and 2 salaried GP, 6 nurses, 5 HCAs, a pharmacist, a CPN, a Physiotherapist, midwives and voluntary sector input. Despite all that, the average age of our GPs is mid-thirties, so we are a young and energetic team, with a vision to change how medicine will be delivered in the surgery of the future.


Currently we have several vacancies within the AW Surgeries team. We are currently are seeking applications for the following positions:

 

  • Book-Keeper
  • Salaried GP
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Medical Receptionist/Administrator
  • Medical Secretary

 

Please visit our Current Vacancies page here for full details on each position and for full details of how to apply.

All positions are now filled.


All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working in AWS Surgeries in the last financial year 2015/16 was £62,067 before tax and National Insurance.

This is for 5 full-time GPs, 8 part-time GPs and 1 locum GP who worked in the practice for more than 6 months.


We have been advised by AISMA that the following text should also be included in conjunction with the publication of earnings figure paragraph:

NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised, and the required disclosure is shown below. However it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.


From 1st November 2016, telephone ordering is again available via 01384 323222.

This service, from the local Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group, is available from 10am to 2pm. The service is managed by pharmacists and is intended to improve safety and cut costs within the NHS. Outside these hours, why not use the electronic ordering service.

Full details of all of our Prescription services are available here.