Medicines play an important part in promoting well-being, preventing ill-health and managing disease. Over 700 million prescription items are dispensed in England each year with a cost approaching £8billion.

Medicines Management can be defined in several ways:

  • The clinical, cost-effective, safe and secure handling of medicines
  • A system of processes and behaviours that determines how medicines are used by the NHS and patients
  • Enabling people to make the best possible use of medicines

Our goal is to achieve the best health outcomes for patients where medicines are involved.

If you have any medicines queries please contact NHS Blackpool CCG’s Medicines Management team on 01253 951306 or email medicines.management@blackpool.nhs.uk


Please see the links below for background information on the Red, Amber, Green (RAG) classification in relation to prescribing responsibility and also our RAG list of drugs.

RAG Classification of drugs – background information

Blackpool CCG RAG list October 2017


Prescribing Position Statements:


Prescribing Guidance:


SHARED CARE: Guidelines & Information Documents

Where shared care has been agreed between prescribers, this section includes documents to support clinicians in clarifying their responsibilities around prescribing and drug/patient monitoring, where relevant.

For drugs listed in the GP+ scheme below, please refer to the GP+ specification (Standard 10: Shared Care). Since drugs may be added to the list in-year, the list below will be the most up-to-date, rather than those listed in the current 2017/18 GP+ document.

  1. Drugs included in GP+ scheme:
    • currently being updated
  2. Drugs not included in GP+ scheme:

Patient Group Directions

A Patient Group Direction (PGD) is a written direction that allows the supply and/or administration of a specified medicine(s), by named authorised health professionals, to a well-defined group of patients requiring treatment for a specific condition. The patient must always fit the defined criteria and organisations must ensure that healthcare professionals supplying and/or administering medicines under a PGD are fully trained, competent individuals who are authorised to do so.

Organisations must be in possession of PGDs that are appropriately signed and fully authorised, unsigned copies are not the legal document and are for information purposes only.

Cumbria and Lancashire CCGs have a collaborative arrangement to produce the PGDs for the national vaccination programme.

Vaccine & Immunisation PGDs: The signed copies of these PGDs have been distributed to organisations and GP practices. Each organisation or practice is required to keep the signed copy and ensure all health professionals who will be working under it are authorised and have signed the second page under the managerial content section. The documents at the following link are for information only and are not the legal document: www.lancsmmg.nhs.uk/pgds


Patient Information Leaflets


Help Reduce Waste Medication

We have launched a campaign to reduce waste medication. Find out more about it here.