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Transition of Commissioning Policies

On 1st July 2022 NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board (ICB) became the new statutory body responsible for ensuring health care services are available to meet the reasonable needs of the people of Cheshire & Merseyside.

Until such time as a single suite of commissioning policies can be developed and adopted, NHS Cheshire and Merseyside will continue to adopt and operate the CCG policies it has inherited at Place/borough level, which means that there will be no immediate change in commissioning policy for local people resident in those Places/boroughs from what was in place prior to 1st July 2022.

NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Commissioning Policies


Who we are

The Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee (APC) is a professional group consisting of GPs, Pharmacists, and other key healthcare professionals. We seek to identify and champion the appropriate use of medicines across Merseyside taking into account cost effectiveness, quality, equity and above all, patient safety.

The Committee is responsible for making recommendations of medicines, especially high cost medicines, across the Merseyside and Warrington footprint.

The Pan Mersey APC believes in the following values:

Ensuring a safe and cost effective use of medicines across Merseyside to increase the health of our population.

To ensure there is a transparent and fair decision making process.

All medicines are assessed for clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness so we can ensure best value for money and full use of resources.

Most of the information on this website is intended for healthcare professionals. Members of the public seeking advice on medicine related issues are advised to contact their GP, pharmacist or nurse. Alternatively, they may call 111 for the NHS non-emergency service.

Current membership


The Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (MLCSU) works in collaboration with the Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee (APC) providing medicines commissioning support. The full range and scale of expert support and how MLCSU deliver success to its customers can be found on the MLCSU website: Medicines Management and Optimisation.

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