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

Concise polypharmacy and deprescribing e-learning course published

This concise course has been specifically developed from our longer polypharmacy and deprescribing e-learning course, for use by GPs and experienced healthcare practitioners. The longer course may be more suitable for less experienced pharmacists and pharmacy technicians; nurses; non-medical prescribers and trainee GPs. 

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The concise course is split into six modules of less than ten minutes each, four case studies and a final assessment. The course is non-linear so the modules can be taken in any order.  A CPD certified certificate is available when the final assessment is passed with a mark of at least 70%, and which can be taken up to three times.  

The e-learning package is free to access by subscriber medicines management teams only using a special promo code. If you are a member of a medicines management team, please contact your subscriber lead for details.

If you have already commissioned the longer course for use by healthcare professionals in your commissioning area you will automatically get access to the concise course, without further cost.

Likewise, if you commission the polypharmacy and deprescribing e-learning in the future, the cost (£375 plus VAT) covers access to both courses, or directly via PayPal by individual users for £12.50. NB: The cost covers the life of the course; it is not an annual fee.

The flyers for both courses are available via the E-learning hub here. 

You can access the course after you have logged in from the link under the top 'Learn' menu, or from the link below:

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Bulletin 179 Launched - Care homes - Refused or omitted doses

This bulletin looks at the issues around refused and missed doses when administering medicines in care homes and provides guidance for healthcare professionals in dealing with these issues. An educational slideset is available to support implementation. 

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Bulletin 174 Launched - Care homes - Use of monitored dosage systems

The use of compliance aids to support medicines administration is a difficult to resolve problem in care homes and also for domicilliary care. This bulletin supports the review of the use of compliance aids/ monitored dose systems particularly in care homes. The supporting resources provide advice and guidance on changing over to a system where medicines are administered/ dispensed in original packs. 

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Bulletin 172 Launched - Care homes - Safeguarding and medicines

This bulletin discusses the issues around safeguarding in relation to medicines which could include: the deliberate withholding of medicine without a valid reason, incorrect use of medicines, deliberate attempts to harm through use of  medicine, or accidental harm caused by incorrect administration or a medication error. Processes around reporting incidents and rear misses are also discussed. An educational slide set and template flow chart are available as supporting implementation tools.

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Commissioner & practice level AMR indicators & Quality Premium targets analytic available

We're pleased to announce that the 2017/18 reporting on commissioner & practice level AMR indicators & Quality Premium targets is now available, and publicly accessible. This year, in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement we have combined the two previous reports into one, covering commissioner and practice level, provided monthly. This year the reporting will solely be visual and Excel versions of the reports will no longer be routinely produced. Please note that this is fully public domain data, from the NHS BSA Information Services Portal, and that is commonly used within the public domain - future visualisations will be restricted at the usual levels.

To view the report please click here

The Type 2 Diabetes E-Learning course is now formally endorsed by NICE

We're very pleased to let you know that our e-learning course on Type 2 Diabetes, which was developed jointly with the Eastern Academic Health Science Network, 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. View on the NICE website here.

Our diabetes e-learning course will now carry a NICE endorsement statement. It will also be signposted to from the relevant NICE guidance and quality standard webpages and listed on the NICE endorsement webpage.

Users of the endorsed diabetes e-learning will have the reassurance that it supports implementation of the NICE guidance recommendations.

Access this course on our E-Learning Hub.


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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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