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!

 

On 18th October we welcomed Dr Ruth Bastable for her Opioid Aware Next Steps webinar. Opioids have a very limited place in the management of chronic pain, yet there has been a 450% risk in the amount of opioids prescribed in the last 10 years. Most of this is for chronic pain. During this webinar we looked at what can we do about this? How can we help patients with chronic pain? And how can we recognise patients at risk of problematic opioid prescribing?

Med webinar C Click above to view (All NHS).

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

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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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Inv_presentation_SQ.png2017 Innovation Award winner presentations

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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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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) prescqipp.info).

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.

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Practice Progress Reports (link) 

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On 13th October we welcomed Dr Ruth Bastable for her Opioid Aware webinar. Opioids have a very limited place in the management of chronic pain. This webinar provides an introduction to the topic and some of the material on the British Pain Society website, Opioids Aware

Med webinar C Click above to view (All NHS).

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.

Preparing for and planning for business case development - 13th December

In the first of our business case training, Liam Cahill and Jackie Lyon will introduce some key concepts and considerations in preparing for developing a business case, along with introducing some key materials for the following three sessions. The session will also begin to consider the further elements that are specific to business case proposal and development in the NHS, and with specific examples relating to the medicines team environment.

All PrescQIPP subscribers can sign up here.

Drafting a business case - 17th January

In the second of our business case training, Liam Cahill and Jackie Lyon will pick up on a number of concepts introduced within the first session in more detail to support a step by step overview that will help you design and construct a first draft of your business case.

All PrescQIPP subscribers can sign up here.

Refining and completing your business case submission - 24th January

In the third part of our business case training, Liam Cahill and Jackie Lyon will continue along the journey from first draft to final submission, considering both internal and external stakeholder consultation, getting early buy-in and preparing the case for submission. This session will include tailoring your submission to fit differing local requirements within the final case.

All PrescQIPP subscribers can sign up here.

The sign off process; what to do after approval; PLUS contributing to cases - 31st January

In the final part of our business case training, Liam Cahill and Jackie Lyon will consider what happens next, responding to differing outcomes of the case, and adjusting the case to fit changing requirements. In order to complete the journey the session will also include some tips on transitioning from approved case to actionable project. Finally the session will include some considerations on contributing to draft cases from elsewhere.

All PrescQIPP subscribers can sign up here.