The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) provides advice to the NHS about what treatments and medicines should be available to patients.
The service providers that Islington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) buys health services from such as University College Hospital London, Whittington Health, Moorfields Eye Hospital and Camden and Islington Foundation NHS Trust, must make sure that any NICE recommended treatments are available to patients in Islington within three months from the date of NICE’s recommendation. They also need to review any treatments that NICE recommends should not be used so that patients always receive the safest and most clinically effective treatments available. Under the NHS Constitution, patients have the right to receive NICE approved medicines and treatments if their doctor thinks that these treatments are right for them.
NHS organisations should operate a medicines “formulary”, which is a list of NICE-approved medicines that should be available to patients on the NHS. The formularies for local NHS trusts are available below:
Islington CCG does not currently operate a medicines formulary of its own. However, our Medicines Management team is working with University College London Partners and Barnet, Camden, Enfield and Haringey CCGs towards a joint formulary. The Formulary will cover primary (GP, dental, nurse practitioners) secondary (acute hospital) and tertiary (speciality) care prescribing across Islington, Barnet, Haringey, Enfield and Camden and will automatically include NICE recommended medicines. The developing joint formulary is available at the following link: http://ncl-jfc.org.uk/