Jo (not verified)

I have been unable to play the film.

Hi Jo

Sorry to hear you can't view the film - apologies for that inconvenience.

The film is also hosted on our YouTube channel, so hopefully you can view it via this link:

Kindest regards,


Digital Communications Manager

The Health Foundation


Linda Duggan (not verified)

Medicines do not get reviewed "Enough" in hospitals, GP's or any other medical profession, some should be reviewed within 3months or 6 months after starting and they "Very rarely are" my father has blood pressure and cholesterol issues but never have his "STATINS" been reviewed. Mixing medicines cause major issues, and should be addressed as a "First Point Of Call"

Dan Beale-Cocks (not verified)

This looks like an amazing project. Really exciting, and with powerful inspirational messages.

How easy would it be to expand it into the wider community?

I think it has a role to play in suicide prevention. We know that "stock piles" of medication create risk.

And that risk isn't limited to suicide; some children die each year when visiting grandparents.

And the message - putting patients back in the centre of care - is so important.

Michelle Anderson (not verified)

I am a Pharmacist in a care centre for 150 older persons in Ireland and we carried two programmes, one to discontinue hypnotic medication snd assess need for PRN psychotropic medication.Both programmes are ongoing and have been most successful.

Great to hear your positive feedback, Michelle.

Thank you. 

Clara, Communictaions team

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Pills is part of the Power of people, our award-winning series of short films about life-changing health care innovation.

Our film tells the story of how the wellbeing of older care home residents is enhanced by making sure they are only prescribed the medicine they really need, and the positive impact this has had on the people who work on the project too.

Northumbria NHS Trust’s medication review brings together care home residents, their families and health professionals to ensure residents are getting the right mix of medicines. This increases the quality of life for residents, reduces unwanted side effects as well as cutting down on the time and money wasted from unnecessary prescribing. The multi-disciplinary teams include pharmacists and GPs, and achieve deprescribing by reviewing patients' multiple medications and reducing polypharmacy effectively.

  • Care homes taking part in the medication review project have reduced the amount of medicine prescribed to residents by 17%.
  • For every pound invested in the review process, £2.38 has been saved in medication costs.
  • It now takes nurses less time to administer medications, giving them an extra hour a day to focus on caring for residents.
  • In the summer of 2015 the service was offered to an additional 3,000 care home residents across Northumberland.

In this section we look in more detail at what the medication review project achieved and how the approach is now being used more widely to improve the lives of care home residents. 

You can contact the project lead, Dr Wasim Baqir, via email or through Twitter@nhctpharmacy or @wazzedagain