The PrescQIPP 2021 Annual Awards

Submission deadline: Friday 30 July 2021

The PrescQIPP Annual Awards 2021

It’s time to start thinking about your entry for the prestigious PrescQIPP annual awards 2021.

We’ve opened up entries for 2021 early to allow you to submit your entry as soon as you are ready. We know that 2020 has been a difficult year with the coronavirus pandemic to contend with. We are aware of all the good work that medicines optimisation teams have done in response to the pandemic and we want to hear about the work you have done during this time. Whether it be the use of new technology or switching to DOACs when face to face consultations are limited, we want you to share your learning.

If you have managed to run non-coronavirus related medicines optimisation projects, we also encourage you to enter the PrescQIPP 2021 annual awards.

Why you should enter the awards

  • Opportunity to review and define the impact of your work
  • Recognition for you and your team among hundreds of peers across the UK
  • Chance to adorn your desk and win admiration of colleagues with a prestigious PrescQIPP award
  • Presenting with impact coaching session for winners with Jamie Hayes our annual event chairman
  • And most importantly, a great opportunity to highlight and share good practice for the benefit of patients

You’re all winners to us but you have to be in it to win it, so now is the time to check out the categories, get together with your team and share all the great work you're doing.

How do I enter?

You don't need to be a PrescQIPP subscriber to enter the awards, as they're open to all NHS teams across all sectors.

Just complete the on-line submission form found in the link below and attach all of your additional supporting documents before Friday 30 July 2021.

To enhance your winning chances, take a look at the judging criteria before you submit your entry. Provide us with as much information as possible to help improve your chances.

PrescQIPP annual awards 2021 - Submission Form

Please refer to the FAQ below for more information.

We look forward to receiving your entries.

Good luck!

PrescQIPP Annual Awards 2021 categories and criteria

We have changed the addressing problematic polypharmacy category this year to reflect the increasing focus on addressing overprescribing and so have the new category ‘Addressing overprescribing’. We’ve also amending the developing or working across ICS/STPs/HB category to ‘Integrated /Joint working’ in line with the changing organisational landscape. The other three categories remain the same as last year as they proved very popular and are still relevant for 2021 medicines optimisation priorities.

We understand that your project might fit into more than one category. Please choose the category that you think is a best fit with your project. We will triage entries and suggest a change in category if we think it is better suited to another category.

Integrated / Joint Working: This category reflects the changing organisational landscape where ICS/PCNs/HB are working more collaboratively for the benefits of patients and to maximise efficiencies. Whether you’re new to ICS/PCN/HB working or more established we want to see your medicines optimisation work across your ICS/PCN/HB. Projects will range from simple, quick or small changes to more complex projects that have made massive prescribing efficiencies in the local system. We are also looking for projects that have resulted in better, more integrated care for the patient, focused on prevention before prescribing, have a better use of skill mix, levers and incentives, redesigning pathways, off FP10 prescribing or more cost-and-care effective settings.

Utilising data and new technology: This award is about sharing how data or new technology have been used to enhance medicines optimisation in the broadest sense. This could include but is not limited to use of data, apps or web-solutions, widgets or technological gadgets, solutions to support your digital provision, health informatics or visualisation systems, or in-house technical solutions. Also, included is trialling new technological solutions, or using existing ones to get enhanced outcomes for patients.

Patient safety: Broad, yet dedicated category for projects that specifically focus and deliver outcomes around the critical area of patient safety. This may include work on how you’re tackling antimicrobial resistance, adhering to patient safety alerts, reducing medication errors, safe transfers of care, Medication Safety Officer role, actions around the medication safety dashboard or whatever exciting safety project organisations have been going on locally.

Care home medicines optimisation: This award category covers all things care home related from addressing the medicine optimisation needs of individual patients to improving training of care home staff on medicine optimisation issues.

Addressing overprescribing: This award category is suitable for individual practices, PCNs or ICS/CCG/HBs whose projects have tackled overprescribing in the broadest sense. Projects could focus on commissioning pathways, public campaigns, structured medication reviews, or running clinics in practices to address overprescribing. We are keen to see how you have improved outcomes for patients and/or made efficiencies through addressing overprescribing.

Plus overall GOLD and SILVER award winners: Democratically voted first and second by attendees on the day of the PrescQIPP annual event from all the award winners.


What can I include in the submission?

You can provide as much information as you would like. Your submission will be the key document that the judging panel will be using to judge the award categories. However, since this is about sharing work, and we'll be profiling the submissions in the PrescQIPP website Innovation and best practice Hub, we'd recommend that you include any relevant documents, such as business cases, Return on Investment workings, job descriptions, leaflets, posters, other implementation tools etc.

What are the judging criteria?

When will I find out if we’ve been shortlisted?

We will let shortlisted projects know by September 2021. We will inform you either way if you have or have not been shortlisted.

When will I find out if we’re an award winner?

We will let award winning projects know in September 2021, so that you can prepare your presentation for the PrescQIPP annual event 2021. We will ask you to keep this confidential on a need to know basis only until after the award announcements at the PrescQIPP annual event in October 2021.

What will you do with the submissions?

Since the PrescQIPP annual awards are largely a means for us to facilitate and encourage sharing best practice across the community, we will upload your project to the PrescQIPP website Innovation and best practice hub so other teams can get great ideas.

I'm not a subscriber - can I submit?

Yes. We encourage entries from across the NHS whether or not you are a PrescQIPP subscriber. Our aim is to facilitate sharing of best practice.

I'm not from the NHS can I submit?

If you're a private sector company then no sorry. However, we're happy to receive submissions from GPs, community services and CSUs - we know there are many different shades of grey, but effectively if you commission or are commissioned to provide NHS patient care, and your project is not a service you're looking to sell or promote (again excluding CSUs), then you're good to submit.

What will the expectations be if I win?

In conversations with our previous winners we know that they are delighted at receiving a PrescQIPP award. Our awards have been described as “prestigious” by other organisations.

We will invite you to give an 8-minute presentation on the highlights of your project at the PrescQIPP annual event in October 2021. To help you prepare for this our annual event chair, Jamie Hayes, will be providing coaching on presenting with impact in September 2021. Some of our previous year’s winners told us that this coaching had completely changed their thinking on presentations. The coaching gave confidence to one of our first time ever presenters to present at the annual event.

You’ll be offered a longer PrescQIPP webinar to provide more details about your project early in 2022.

Winning teams will receive a framed certificate and our coveted PrescQIPP trophy to adorn the office.

Finally, you will be in with a chance to win one of our overall GOLD or SILVER awards which are democratically voted upon by our annual event audience after all the award presentations have been made.

How can I make my winning project presentation impactful?

We want to help you show off your project and so we will offer you the chance to attend a Coaching on presentation style course. This will be run by our very own Annual Event Chair, Jamie Hayes in September 2021.

What are the PrescQIPP annual award webinars 2022?

We offer the winners of our awards the chance to do a webinar on their project which are always very popular, and a great opportunity to get feedback, questions and ideas from the rest of the community. In the submission form you'll be asked whether you'd like to do a webinar - because even if you don't win - it's a great opportunity to share.

Some examples of award winning webinars are available on the PrescQIPP website under Innovation webinars.