Medicine Safety


Aims of the group:

The group aims to share best practice with respect  the supply, prescription, preparation and administration of medication between the critical care units in Greater Manchester. The group aims to work with Medical and Nursing staff as well as pharmacists and other health professionals.

The main objectives of the group are:                  

  • To improve medication safety in critical care units in Manchester
  • Share best practice with respect to medication safety in Critical Care units in Manchester
  • Share problems about medication safety to help find solutions to those problem
  • Bench mark rates of problems with prescription and administration of medications compare how different units are 
  • Produce audit and teaching resources that can be shared with other units
  • To explore using the purchasing power of several critical care units to control costs of medication
  • To carry out pilot projects and disseminate their results

The group is chaired by Emma Boxall, Senior Pharmacist at Salford Royal Foundation Trust

Her contact email address is:

To access the Google group and Drop Box associated with the group please email


Dates for the RiCON Medication Group in 2017:-

All meetings are from 1-4pm at WestPoint

Thursday 21st September

Thursday 30th November

The drug library has information on many drugs used in critical care.

To access click HERE

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Bite sized learning - information below on some of the topics covered in May. 

Bite size - low phosphate
Bite size - Low potassium
Bite size - high Potassium
Bite size - epidural case study
Bite size - second administrator
Single Competency Framework for Prescribing
Reducing Prescribing Errors
GM Snatch Box Survey
KCL/ Hypokalaemia Guideline



Allergy Awareness E-Learning Package

Please click on the link below to access the e-learning package developed to increase knowledge and awareness of drug allergy in critical care:


Emma Boxall - Chair

Karen Berry - Network Lead Nurse

Dr Tina Duff - General ICU CMFT

Dr Greg Cook - General ICU CMFT

Geraldine Maclean - General ICU CMFT

Tony Dunne - General ICU CMFT

James Burrow - Cardiac ICU CMFT

Sarah Carroll - Cardiac ICU CMFT

Atia Rifat - Tameside

Dr Emily Shardlow - UHSM

Martin Catlow -  UHSM

Akhila Muthuswamy - UHSM

John McGuiness - UHSM

Janet Jeary - Bolton

Janet Calder - Wigan

Kate Brown -  Wigan

Helen March - Rochdale

Kay Miller - Oldham

Fiona Angus - Christie

Dr  Jonathan Rigg - Stockport

Kate Timlin - Stockport

Jane Sheldon - Stockport

Richard Protheroe -  SRFT

Susan Sumner - SRFT

Jill Bentley - SRFT

Janice Murphy - Tameside


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ICS Standards for Drug Concentrations
RiCON Medication Presentation

Drug Library

Papers of Interest