Medicines supply and shortage management

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) works closely with NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I), the wider NHS, pharmaceutical companies and others in the supply chain to ensure continuity of supply of medicines to patients.

In order to support pharmacists, clinicians and other NHS professionals with managing the supply of medicines to their patients, the DHSC and NHSE&I have worked closely together to produce A Guide to Managing Medicines Supply and Shortages.

This guide details the national, regional and local management and escalation processes and communication routes for medicines supply issues in order to consolidate existing practice across industry, government and the NHS.

It has been developed to support NHS teams and professionals who have responsibility for reporting a medicine supply issue, as well as those who need to take action when a shortage arises to ensure that patient care is protected.

NHS RightCare

Reducing unwarranted variation and increasing value through medicines optimisation is a crucial element of NHS RightCare’s innovation work. NHS RightCare and partner organisations, including NICE and CQC, have brought together key products and tools to help health professionals.