The medicines listed below are designated within the Trust formulary as requiring Specialist initiation, and subsequent prescribing in accordance with an ICP – Integrated Care Protocol. These drugs are coded within the Formulary as amber.
Specialist initiation might be required because of complex assessment and diagnostic criteria for the disease being treated, or the medication used might be unfamiliar to GPs. As the prescriber of a medication legally assumes responsibility for the drug additional prescribing support might be required for continued prescribing.
An Integrated Care Protocol can assist in the seamless transfer of patient treatment from secondary care to general practice, as it provides information on the drug, together with guidance on the prescribing and monitoring responsibilities.
The timing of the transfer of prescribing responsibility for each medication is described in its specific ICP, but, as a principle, prescribing should be retained by the specialist until the dose is stable between hospital visits.
ICPs in place within the trust and agreed with our local ICBs are shown below. Additional ICPs may be found on Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin website Home – NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (shropshiretelfordandwrekin.nhs.uk) .
Copies of the agreement should be printed for each party – Specialist and GP – to agree, sign and retain.