What does the Medicines Management team do?

The Medicines Management team is made up of Pharmacists, a Pharmacy Technician, a Dietitian and support and analytical staff who support health professionals in ensuring that patients get better, safer and more convenient care.

The team uses its wealth of knowledge and experience to provide unbiased information on medicines, supports practitioners to make the best use of medicines through advice and the development of local guides, and works with providers to ensure the right medicines are supplied at the right place.

The team provides support to health professionals directly and is unable to advise individual patients on their medicines. Your prescriber (e.g. GP) has access to your medical record and is in the best position to make prescribing decisions on your individual circumstances.

For more information, visit the “Who are the Medicines Management team?

Formulary and Prescribing Guidelines

Medicines Management


Please click on the heading to view formulary, shared care guidelines and pathways for each BNF chapter.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Patients

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Clinicians

Vitamin D in Care Homes

Guidance for Care Homes on the use of Vitamin D supplements obtained by the DHSC


Coronavirus Position Statement

Position statement for prescribing for patients abroad during Coronavirus outbreak

Prescription management during COVID-19


Useful Covid-19 Resources

Information around medicines use in Covid-19 is changing rapidly. Stay on top of the most recent information produced by the government and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, using the links below:





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Covid-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 primary care vaccine handling and management policy

Covid-19 Vaccine Pharmacy Communications Reference Guide

Letter from Chief Medical Officers re UK Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

Optimising the Covid-19 vaccination programme for maximum short term impact

Green Book – Covid-19

Patient Group Direction for COVID-19 Vaccines

Standard operating procedure: COVID-19 local vaccination services deployment in community settings



Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS) Covid-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine resources

Patient Group Direction for COVID 19 mRNA vaccine BNT162b2 (Pfizer BioNTech)

National protocol for COVID-19 mRNA vaccine BNT162b2 (Pfizer/BioNTech)

Referrals for cohort 6 16 and 17 year olds who require a Pfizer vaccination



Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS) - Resources for AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

Patient Group Direction for COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

National protocol for COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

Position Statement AstraZeneca Vaccine Movement

Transporting AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine from PCN Designated Sites to end user locations SOP



Moderna Covid 19 Vaccine Protocol


Covid-19 and professional advice

Security advice for pharmacies during COVID 19

COVID related professional advice

NHS Volunteer Responders information for health professionals


Covid-19 and services

Remote Outpatient Clinics - Medicines Supply

Responsibility for Prescribing - May 2020

Monitoring of shared care medicines during the COVID 19 pandemic

Access to Palliative Care Drugs for clinicans

Access to EOL Drugs in Primary Care during Covid-19

Essex arrangements for accessing End of Life Medicines and your role in the Re-Use of Medicines Scheme in Care Homes webinar

MSE Hospitals Group Anticoagulation Clinics


Covid-19 and medicines

Covid-19 - amber drugs

Ibuprofen and coronavirus (COVID 19)

Lithium and Covid-19 Guidance 

Rescue Pack Letter

Rescue packs for COPD and asthma for clinicians

Ramadan summary fasting recommendations - British Islamic Medical Association


Chapter 01 - Gastro-Intestinal System

Chapter 02 - Cardiovascular System

Chapter 03 - Respiratory System

Chapter 04 - Central Nervous System

Chapter 05 - Infection

Chapter 06 - Endocrine System

Chapter 07 - Genito-Urinary formulary

Chapter 08 - Malignant Disease

Chapter 09 - Nutrition and Blood

Oral Nutritional Supplements Guidelines 

Adult Oral Nutritional Supplements Prescribing Guidelines

Quick reference guide to ONS prescribing in adults

Supporting Leaflets for Cows' Milk Allergy

COLOUR Cows' Milk Allergy leaflet for families

BLACK + WHITE Cows' Milk Allergy leaflet for families

Dairy free diet information for breastfeeding mothers

Milk ladder

Home challenge

Primary Care Milk Allergy Pathway

Secondary Care Milk Allergy Pathway

Infant Formula Guidelines (IFG)

Infant formula prescribing guidelines

Quick reference guide to prescribing infant formula

Vitamin and Mineral Guidelines 

Ferric maltol (Feraccru®) for the treatment of iron deficiency in adults

Probiotics MSEMOC position statement

Vitamins and minerals MSEMOC position statement

Vitamin D deficiency prescribing guidance

Vitamin D for supplementation insufficiency and maintenance doses MSEMOC position statement

Vitamin D self care leaflet

Vitamin D - guidance for care homes on the use of Vitamin D supplements obtained by the DHSC

Stopping low dose vitamin D patient letter

Multivitamins post-bariatric surgery MSEMOC position statement

Multivitamins not supported unless for actual vitamin/mineral deficiency

Vitamin B compound MSEMOC Position statement

Gluten-free Prescription Guidelines

Gluten-free foods on prescription

Thickeners for Adults with Dysphagia

A guide to prescribing thickeners for adults

Position Statements

Andexanet alfa for reversing anticoagulation (NICE TA697) position statement

Fostamatinib for treating refractory chronic ITP (NICE TA759) position statement

Sodium zirconium for treating hyperkalaemia (NICE TA599) position statement

Chapter 10 - Musculoskeletal System

Chapter 11 - Eye

Chapter 12 - Ear, Nose and Oropharynx

Chapter 13 - Skin

Chapter 14 – Immunological Products and Vaccines

General Prescribing Guidance

End of Life Formulary

Woundcare Formulary

Traffic Light List for Prescribing

Shared Care Guidelines

Mid and South Essex Medicines Optimisation Committee (MSEMOC)

Prescribing Incentive Scheme

Prescribing Updates / Newsletters

Patient Information

Patient Letters

Practice Resources/Policies


National Medicine Shortages

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February 2022

Supply Shortages - February 2022