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Deprescribing: safely reducing problematic polypharmacy

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26 September 2023

Deprescribing: safely reducing problematic polypharmacy

Join us for a Medical Care - driving change webinar to discuss explore the complexities of deprescribing. Deprescribing is the process of systematically discontinuing medications or reducing their doses when they are no longer necessary, potentially harmful, or if safer alternatives are available.

Our speakers are Prof Tony Avery, GP and national clinical director for prescribing and Dr Lucy Pollock, consultant geriatrician and author of The Book About Getting Older. Lucy uses case studies and best practices examples to share and illustrate successful deprescribing strategies and their impact on patient outcomes. 

By embracing a patient-centred and evidence-based approach, you’ll leave with a clearer understanding of how to implement deprescribing practices into your healthcare routines. 11:30am-12:30pm.



Dr Lucy Pollock

Consultant Geriatrician, Somerset Foundation NHS Trust

Lucy Pollock trained in medicine at Cambridge and at Bart's Hospital and worked as a junior doctor in East London before moving to Somerset, where since 2001 she has been a consultant specialising in the care of those who are frail and elderly. She is the author of the celebrated title, The Book About Getting Older: Dementia, finances, care homes and everything in between.

Prof Tony Avery

GP and national clinical director for prescribing

Tony Avery is National Clinical Director for Prescribing, and a GP and Professor of Primary Health Care at the University of Nottingham. He is also a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator. He was awarded an OBE in the 2022 New Year Honours list. He is passionate about ensuring the safe, effective and appropriate use of medicines and has worked in partnership with healthcare professionals and patients over 30 years to drive forward research and policy development in prescribing and patient safety.