Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee Collaborative (ADTC
All NHS boards in Scotland have an Area Drug and Therapeutics
Committee (ADTC). ADTCs provide professional and clinical advice
and leadership to NHS boards to support safe, clinically effective,
cost effective and patient-centered use of medicines in all care
settings. ADTCs take account of national and, where applicable
local guidance when advising on such matters.
The Scottish Government response to the
Health and Sport Committee inquiry into the access of new medicines
in 2013 set out a number of recommendations for the introduction of
new medicines in NHSScotland and strengthening the work of ADTCs.
In the interest of a ‘Once for Scotland’ approach, the ADTC
Collaborative, hosted by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, was
created in September 2014 to support this agenda by:
- Strengthened clinical engagement with
- Shared learning between and with
- Collaboration between and with ADTCs.
A collaborative approach is encouraged in a
wide range of areas including the safer use of medicines, the
development of national consensus statements for specific
medicines, encouraging and supporting patient and public
involvement in ADTCs and promoting transparency and clarity in
decisions made by ADTCs across NHSScotland. We communicate with NHS
boards and ADTCs using various methods to ensure a rapid and
effective dissemination of information and advice.
You can find a list of resources and publications we have
produced for both NHS boards and the public below.
ADTC Collaborative resources
Resources for patients and the public
Resources for NHS boards and staff
For more information about our work please
Healthcare Improvement Scotland
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