09:30:00 - 16:30:00

Adherence: A bitter pill to swallow

The Dalton Room, The University of Manchester Innovation Centre (UMIC), 46 Grafton Street, Manchester, M13 9XX

This Symposium, from the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh, is focused on patients’ adherence to medicines; that is, the extent to which patients take their medications as prescribed.

In its report on Adherence to long-term therapies: evidence for action, the World Health Organization estimated that half of those for whom treatment regimens are prescribed do not follow them as directed. Medication non-adherence costs the NHS in excess of £500m per year, and represents a significant burden in terms of increased morbidity and mortality.

This symposium is aimed for health professionals to understand:

The Problems – including the magnitude of non-adherence, and associated challenges such as polypharmacy

The Determinants – which are the reasons why patients may be non-adherent, whether intentional or otherwise, and how these are influenced by their understanding, their contexts of care and available support

The Interventions – technological approaches and lessons from public health to enable behaviour change

The Solutions – implementing effective adherence interventions

The day will be of interest to a wide range of medical professionals – consultant physicians, GPs and trainees from many disciplines, pharmacists, nurses and health practitioners. It also provides a good opportunity to network with colleagues, and participate in a panel discussion.


Professor Matt Makin, Medical Director and Responsible Officer, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Professor Peter Trainer, Director, RCPE Manchester/ MAHSC Clinical Director

Adele Torkington, Deputy Clinical Pharmacy Services Manager, Manchester Foundation Trust​

Dr Tracey Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

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