West Leicester CCG Phase 2 - Survey on the prescribing of over the counter medicines for minor ailments
West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) would like to understand the impact on you, if you were asked to buy certain medicines for some minor ailments instead of requesting a prescription from your GP. This survey closes on the 9th September 2018 at 11:59PM. Once the survey closes, the results will be analysed and the resulting report will be made public on the CCG website.

The results of the survey and views of the public will be fully considered before any decisions are taken. All fields marked (*) are mandatory and must be answered in order to submit this survey. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

In December 2017 West Leicestershire CCG issued guidance which included a list of minor ailments suitable for self-care, also outlining the expectation that patients should purchase suitable treatments over the counter. During the development of the guidelines we undertook a 4 week public engagement exercise to understand the level of public support and the impact that it may have.  In total 269 people responded to the survey.

Recently in April 2018 following a 12 week public consultation, NHS England issued guidance for CCGs on “Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care”.  The expectation is that CCGs take the proposed guidance into account in formulating local policies, unless they can articulate a valid reason to do otherwise, and for prescribers to reflect local policies in their prescribing practice.

What is the issue we are trying to tackle?
By reducing spend on treating conditions that are self-limiting or which lend themselves to self-care, these resources can be used for other higher priority areas that have a greater impact for patients, support improvements in services and deliver transformation that will ensure the long-term sustainability of the NHS. The costs to the NHS for many of the items used to treat minor conditions are often higher than the prices for which they can be purchased over the counter as there are hidden costs.


Next steps
Our plan now is to implement the NHSE guidance, across Leicestershire and Rutland in liaison with our neighbouring CCGs. Our first step has been to identify the differences between local guidelines across the 3 CCGs and the NHSE national guidance. 

This work has shown that the national guidance includes ten further conditions that are not included in the current West Leicestershire guidance - these include cradle cap in infants, dry or sore tired eyes, excessive sweating, infrequent constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, mild contact dermatitis, minor burns and scalds, oral thrush, prevention of dental caries, ringworm and sleep problems.

We would like to hear how these further changes might impact you and aks that you please take a few minutes to feedback by either completing this short survey or sending your comments via email
communications@westleicestershireccg.nhs.uk or telephone 01509 567700.

The information you supply will be stored and processed by Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (MLCSU) on behalf of West Leicestershire CCG and in accordance with the GDPR regulations.  Please be aware that by completing the survey you are giving your consent to include your response in the analysis of the survey responses. Any reports published using this information will not contain any personally identifiable information. We will provide anonymised and aggregated responses to the survey to West Leicestershire CCG.

PLEASE NOTE:    There are different versions of the survey covering different areas of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Please complete the survey below if you live in West Leicestershire. If you live in Leicester City or East Leicestershire and Rutland please click on the appropriate link below:


East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG: www.surveymonkey.com/r/ELRprescribing18


Leicester City CCG: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LCPrescribing18

The information collected will be kept until July 2020 and will then be destroyed

All fields marked (*) are mandatory and must be answered in order to submit this survey.