Since we started up as a Strategic Health Authority workstream back in 2010, we have been through many changes within the NHS. Most recently, we spun out of the NHS and registered as a community interest company limited by guarantee operating on a not-for-profit basis, for the benefit our commissioning community.
For the entire time we have been operating, we have always believed that releasing our materials for the wider NHS benefit is the right thing to do, and have committed to releasing as many as possible. Whilst we now support over 80% of UK primary care commissioning organisations, we know that our materials are frequently downloaded and used in the remaining unsubscribed areas.
Following our establishment as a CIC in April, there have been many factors we’ve had to consider, including how we provide NHS materials when we are no longer NHS identifiable. We’re still the same old PrescQIPP in terms of why we’re here, what we do and how we’re funded, but we rightly need to consider how we present ourselves now that we are on the periphery of the NHS. In recent weeks we have worked closely with the national NHS identity team to ensure that we can continue to effectively support our subscribed NHS community, in line with NHS identity policy. Following the conclusion of these discussions we have agreed an approach to provide materials that are NHS branded for NHS use, however there will be changes to how these can be accessed.
As we have grown, so has the breadth of materials we are able to produce. Where our resources were once one or two documents, we now produce a large array of materials from audits and system searches, to patient resources and videos, to pathways, posters and presentations. Many of these have been NHS branded, to be fit-for-use by the commissioners that we serve. We’re very pleased that with the agreement of the NHS identity team and a few adjustments, we can continue to produce materials ready for the NHS to use - which means our subscribers will see very little change in what we provide, including NHS branded implementation versions.
However, the change in our legal structure does unfortunately mean that we will need to limit the resources released for public use from 1st April with immediate effect, and no longer brand any public releases with any NHS losenge. For those organisations that do not subscribe to us, this will mean that there are fewer PrescQIPP materials available to use. However in line with our long held belief to spread the benefit of our work as widely as possible, we will continue to release key resources such as our bulletins, briefings and sharing / profiling of best practice within the resource packs, four months after they are published for our subscribers. We have also taken the decision to remove all system searches and audits from public access for quality assurance reasons.
If you have any questions or comments around the impact of this please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.