Safe Discharge Prescriptions- June 2013

Listed below is the high level evidence on Safe Discharge Prescriptions [Safer Prescribing] produced by NICE, SIGN and NHS based organisations. Also included are the European Society guidelines where available. This list is produced and maintained by HEFT Library Services to support VITAL for Doctors core skills programme developed in the Trust.


Local (HEFT) Policies

Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) For Nurses Checking & Supplying Medications for Discharge v4.0

Corporate Nursing, September 2011. Next Review Date: 30th April 2013

Processing Prescriptions for Trust patients in the care of the Recovery at Home team (Virtual ward) V1.0

Christine Madden, Pharmacy Operations Manager GHH, November 2012. Next Review Date: 31st October 2014


Other National Guidelines (e.g. SIGN) & Non-UK Guidelines (includes Professional Bodies/Associations within the European Union)

Moving patients, Moving Medicines, Moving Safely: Guidance on Discharge and Transfer Planning

Prepared by The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain; The Guild of Hospital Pharmacists; The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee; The Primary Care Pharmacists’ Association, 2008

The SIGN Discharge Document (Guideline no. 128)

SIGN, June 2012

Guidelines on regional immediate discharge documentation for patiens being discharged from secondary into primary care

Guidelines Audit and Information Network, June 2011

Discharge planning: a guide

BMJ Learning Module, December 2010 Written by: Mark Thomas, Niall Ferguson, Natasha Jacques, Liz Lees, and Helen Morant

Ready to Go? Planning the Discharge and the Transfer of Patients from Hospital and Intermediate Care.

Department of Health, March 2010.

Discharge Planning: a summary of DoH guidance Ready to go? Planning the Discharge and the Transfer of patients from Hospital and Intermediate Care

RCN Publishing Essential Guide, Spring 2010.

Achieving timely ‘simple’ discharge from hospital : A toolkit for the multi-disciplinary team

Department of Health, August 2004.

Discharge from hospital: pathway, process and practice

Health and Social Care Joint Unit and Change Agent Team, January 2003.


Systematic Reviews – Cochrane Library

Discharge planning from hospital to home

Sasha Shepperd1,*,  Jacqueline McClaran2,  Christopher O Phillips3,  Natasha A Lannin4,  Lindy M Clemson5,  Annie McCluskey6,  Ian D Cameron7,  Sarah L Barras8

Editorial Group: Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group Published Online: 20 JAN 2010

Hospital at home early discharge

Sasha Shepperd1,*,  Helen Doll1,  Joanna Broad2,  John Gladman3,  Steve Iliffe4,  Peter Langhorne5,  Suzanne Richards6,  Finbarr Martin7,  Roger Harris8

Editorial Group: Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care Group Published Online: 17 MAR 2010 Assessed as up-to-date: 23 JUL 2008

Telephone follow-up, initiated by a hospital-based health professional, for postdischarge problems in patients discharged from hospital to home

Patriek Mistiaen1,*,  Else Poot2

Editorial Group: Cochrane Consumers and Communication Group Published Online: 16 JUL 2008


NHS Evidence

Pharmacy management and nurse-led medicines ordering: To improve efficiency and aid patient discharge

QIPP - NHS Evidence, 26 March 2013 - Publisher: Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust - Publication type: Quality and productivity collection examples

Moving Medicines Safely: Implementing and sustaining a ‘Green Bag’ Scheme – V2

UKMi, 24 January 2013 - Publisher: East and South East England Specialist Pharmacy Services.

Improving safe and accurate transfer of medicines-related written discharge information - Presn from MUSN event 26 February 2013

UKMi, 07 March 2013 - Publisher: East and South East England Specialist Pharmacy Services - Publication type: Community - Resources - Resource


Further information:

The following sources have been searched for evidence published in the previous 12 months: NICE –Medicines and Prescribing, SIGN, Cochrane Library, Department of Health and NHS Evidence.

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