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.

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Medicines use in care homes: Course 1 e-learning endorsed by NICE

We're very pleased to let you know that our e-learning course “Medicines Use in Care Homes: Course 1” has been formally endorsed by NICE.  The NICE Endorsement Programme recognises resources produced by external organisations that support the implementation of NICE guidance and the use of quality standards.

Our “Medicines Use in Care Homes: Course 1” e-learning course will now carry a NICE endorsement statement. It will also be signposted to from the NICE guidance SC1 (Managing Medicines in Care Homes) and quality standard webpages and listed on the NICE endorsement webpage. 

Users of the endorsed “Medicines Use in Care Homes: Course 1” e-learning will have the reassurance that it supports implementation of the NICE guidance SC1 recommendations.

Access the course here!


And the winners are.... (available on the innovation hub)

We’re delighted to announce that the PrescQIPP Innovation Award gold and silver (chosen by attendeesat the 2017 event) and category winners, are:

  • Gold, and winner of the Patient Safety and Best Interface categories – Hydration in care homes - Oxfordshire AHSN and East Berkshire CCGs
  • Silver, and the highest scoring highly commended – Self Care – Cambridge and Peterborough CCG
  • Polypharmacy and Deprescribing - Going for GOLD – South Devon and Torbay
  • Service Redesign - A Unique Collaborative Approach to Malnutrition in Herts Valleys CCG’s Care Homes for Older People - Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust (EPUT) and Herts Valleys CCG
  • Adherence and Waste – Reducing Avoidable Medication Waste in Care Homes across Mid-Notts CCGs - Mansfield and Ashfield CCG and Newark and Sherwood CCG
  • Utilising Technology – A SystmOne template to improve malnutrition care and appropriate prescribing of oral nutritional supplements in primary care - Bradford City CCG and Bradford Districts CCG

We would also like to provide a special mention for the projects that were awarded Highly Commended and provided hot competition for this year's categories.

  • Falls MOT tool (Medication Optimisation Trigger tool) – Hardwick  CCG - Polypharmacy
  • Safe prescribing of DOACs in primary care – Sheffield CCG - Patient Safety
  • Rotherham Wound Care Service – Rotherham CCG – Service Redesign
  • NO TEARS medication review questionnaire – Wakefield CCG – Utilising Technology

Full information on all the projects that were submitted this year can be found on the Innovation Hub

PrescQIPP Annual Event presentations are live

Following a jam packed day in terms of both content and attendees, we've now published the presentations from the event for subscribers to access:

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Practice Progress Reports Launched + Clusters

We're pleased to launch the second of our Practice and Cluster Visit suite of reports: the Practice Progress Report. This report is intended to follow up from the initial practice visits, highlighting key statistics and where progress has occurred in your focus projects. We'd be grateful for any feedback you have to provide to Rachel Seeley (email: rachel (at)

Finally, we have updated both the visit and progress report to now include the clusters that many of you map with us annually following your feedback.


Practice Progress Reports (link) 

Annual event presentation data on NOACs published

At our annual event today, Sue Smith's presentation focused on variation in anti-coagulation. We have published a special one-off report for subscribers to find their activity against the wider subscribers.

Subscribers - please ensure that you're logged in first and then click the following link:

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Vision GP clinical system training webinars - 7th & 14th December and 11th January, 1pm - 2pm

Basic functions - 7th December

In this first webinar the training will cover basic functions of using the clinical system these include: 

  • How the record is made up and where to find everything 
  • Finding and filtering information easily, searching in a record 
  • Looking for, adding, editing or stopping; repeat items, repeat dispensing items, acute items, therapy screen functionality, history, correspondence/scanned documents, test results, previous consultations and patient warnings/alerts 
  • Adding other clinical information to a record 
  • Included prescribing options, formulary and drug defaults

All PrescQIPP subscribers can sign up here.

Mail merge and SMS functions - 14th December

In the second webinar the training will cover mail merge and SMS functions within the clinical system these include: 

  • Creating mail merge letters using Microsoft Word 
  • Sending individual letters or SMS messages on a per patient basis 
  • Sending letters to a group of patients 
  • Read coding to go with letters 

All PrescQIPP subscribers can sign up here.

Search functions - 11th January

In the third and final webinar the training will cover search functions within the clinical system these include: 

  • Building basic searches 
  • Adding complexity to searches, other entities (drugs, tests, observations) 
  • Using the predefined audits (clinical audit) to produce patient groups 
  • Exporting search results to Excel and basic pivot table use 

As usual all the presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

All PrescQIPP subscribers can sign up here.

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 2017/18 work plan

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

What's on the PrescQIPP Twitterista

RT @katielean2: Thrilled to have been awarded the overall gold award 2017 for hydration in care homes project @PrescQIPP @PS_Oxford https:/…
The SILVER 2017 innovation award winner is @CambsPboroCCG for their Self Care Campaign project - well done! #pqevent17
@WAM_CCG #pqevent17
Drum roll... we're pleased to announce the 2017 best innovation GOLD award WINNER is @WAM_CCG for their Hydration in Care Homes project!🥇
@elizbeech has joined us at the #pqevent17 for her excellent presentation on antimicrobial stewardship: 'winter is…
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