PrescQIPP in brief

We are an NHS funded not-for-profit organisation that supports quality, optimised prescribing for patients. We produce evidence-based resources and tools for primary care commissioners, and provide a platform to share innovation across the NHS. Most of our materials are publicly available, however we also provide a range of data and intelligence toolswebinars and events for our subscribers. We also aim to engage with a broad range of stakeholders including patients and carer groups, the pharmaceutical industry and voluntary sector organisations.

You can read more about us and answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

Latest news stories

Polypharmacy and Medicines Optimisation Webinar - Dr Martin Duerden, Bangor University - 30th January, 1pm - 2pm

On 30th January 1-2pm we'll be welcoming Dr Martin Duerden, Honorary Senior Research Fellow from Bangor University to discuss the growing challenge of multimorbidity and associated polypharmacy in our ageing population. He will look at ways to tackle this and how the role of clinical pharmacists will be key to address this challenge. He will also look at some useful tools to aid medicines optimisation and support deprescribing. As usual this webinar will be followed by a Q&A session.

All NHS registered users can sign up here.

National Commissioning Pharmacists Network Webinar - Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust - 27th January, 1pm - 2pm

On 27th January 1-2pm we’ll be welcoming Judith Gregory, Assistant Head of Pharmacy from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust to discuss the National Commissioning Pharmacists Network. 

The network, which has been developed through a work stream of the Medicines-Optimisation CRG, aims to facilitate efficient and effective networking of Pharmacists working in Commissioning roles through sharing of resources, information and best practice in order to maximise patient outcomes from the commissioning of medicines, with a focus on Medicines used within Specialised Services. 

Current membership includes NHS England Specialised Commissioning Pharmacist Leads, NHS England Cancer Pharmacists, CRG Pharmacists, CCG Pharmacists and Provider Pharmacy Commissioning leads (including NHS England funded ‘embedded’ Pharmacists). The network is in its infancy and activity to date consists of sharing of NHS England documents and communication, and ad hoc queries relating to specific PbR excluded medicines issues. 

The webinar will provide more details about the network, as well as information on how you can get involved and discussion on how the network can link in with the work of PrescQIPP.

All NHS registered users can sign up here.

NEW Anticholinergic burden e-learning course for PrescQIPP subscribers

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a brand new e-learning course on anticholinergic burden for subscribers. The bespoke package has been designed to upskill medicines management teams, GPs, practice nurses, practice pharmacists and non-medical prescribers on the risks and management of anticholinergic drugs. 

Anticholinergic drugs are prescribed for a wide range of conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, overactive bladder, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, nausea and vomiting, depression and psychosis. An increasing number of systematic reviews and meta-analyses report that drugs with anticholinergic effects are associated with an increased risk of cognitive impairment and all cause mortality in older people. 

This e-learning course identifies how the anticholinergic burden can be assessed for individual patients and provides examples of medication reviews for those with a high burden. 

The course also offers subscribers a useful preview of the style of the new PrescQIPP e-learning packages that will be introduced next year including polypharmacy and deprescribing, care homes and Practice Medicines Co-ordinators. For more information on these courses and options for purchasing, please contact 

The course can be accessed under ‘e-learning’ in the top ‘Learn menu’ or by clicking on the link below:

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PrescQIPP welcomes NHS Leeds North CCG

We're really delighted to welcome Leeds North CCG to the ever burgeoning PrescQIPP community. 

View the full list of subscribers on an interactive map here

Transformation towards Optimisation leadership development course - applications open

Following positive feedback from our 2016 cohort, we are once again running our bespoke leadership course for aspiring heads of medicines management. 

Through a two day residential, six virtual sessions and final face to face to review learning, the course will bring together 15 aspiring leaders from the PrescQIPP community to form a peer support network, and help build the skills and competencies required to make medicines optimisation a reality. 

Applications are open to PrescQIPP subscribers.

Application deadline: Monday 19 December

Subscribers can find out more and apply below:

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"Great interaction with the other organisations and very useful platform for learning. 10/10" 

2016 T2O student

Bulletin 146 Launched - Nutrition - Infant feeds update

The infant feeds bulletin update is now available for subscribers. The bulletin discusses management and review for several conditions where baby milks may be prescribed and also the review of prescribed foods. An adaptable quick reference guide id available where local formulary choices can be inserted. An audit and support pack is also available. 

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Horizon scan

This table shows the most recent PrescQIPP publications and the resources currently passing through our quality assurance process. Items marked 'coming soon' or 'in QA'  are yet to go out to stakeholder consultation. To register your interest to feed in to the development of our resources, please visit our stakeholder page or email our Operations Manager, Michelle Harrison:

View our 2016/17 work plan

Please note the work plan is subject to change throughout the year due to subscriber input.

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