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About The School of Medicines Optimisation

We are responsible for ensuring the delivery of professional and vocational training. Supporting the workforce in understanding the safe handling of medicines and how we can ensure good medicines optimisation skills are spread across health and social care, is a key priority.

To support this, the School of Medicines Optimisation aims to to provide, leadership and advice, quality assurance of learning, support for workforce transformation and innovation in education.

Our School Strategic Plan 2016-19 sets out how we will facilitate the development of a competent, multi-skilled, multi-professional workforce delivering medicines optimisation across a range of healthcare settings, by

  • Developing a workforce for now and the future
  • Developing the existing pharmacy workforce
  • Developing medicines management knowledge and skills for health and social care staff

Each year our School Operational Plan is drawn up to enable action within defined work streams. We produce a School Annual Report to demonstrate the outcomes and activities of the school.


We will ensure that the people of Yorkshire and the Humber are supported in all aspects of medicines use by staff in health and social care who have the right skills, knowledge and behaviours achieved through the best possible provision of education and training in medicines optimisation.


Working together we will achieve a competent workforce that supports people in our community to get the best from their medicines.


  • Person centred
  • Collaborative
  • Innovative
  • Accountable
  • Accessible


April 2017

August 2017

December 2017

 Head of School - Professor Liz Kay


Professor Liz Kay is Head of the School of Medicines Optimisation, working across Yorkshire and the Humber. Liz is the Clinical Director for Medicines Management & Pharmacy Services at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and honorary Professor of Pharmaceutical Care at Leeds University. She is a registrant council member of the General Pharmaceutical Council, and the Chair of the Medicines Optimisation Clinical Reference Group for NHS England. Liz has a keen interest in medicines safety, innovation in provision of medicines optimisation services and in education and training.

Enquiries may be made via Contact Us or by telephone to 0113 887 1688

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