Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes (MOCH)

The Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes (MOCH) Team has been created as part of NHS England’s Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes programme in line with the Framework for Enhanced Health in Care Homes.

Pharmacists & pharmacy technicians can play a significant role in reducing the use of unnecessary and sometimes harmful medicines, through regular reviews of medicines taken by residents. Our role is to support prescribers, general practice staff and care home staff in improving the health of their care home patients through the rational and safe use of medicines, and the development and implementation of safe medicines optimisation systems.

As a team, our objectives include:

  • achieving medicines optimisation for care home residents through access to a clinical pharmacy team with the supporting infrastructure
  • ensuring that residents and/or the families or carers are given the opportunity to be fully involved in decisions about their medicines
  • improving health outcomes for care home residents

** The MOCH team do not process care home prescription requests. If your query relates to a POD matter, for example, medication requests or missing cycle items, please contact the POD on **

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Last updated on 24 August 2021 at 11:02 by Samantha Russell