Category Archives: Prescribing Systems & Processes

Medicines Use and Safety Update – March 2018

The Medicines Use and Safety Division of the Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS) have published a March 2018 update on the SPS website with information on a range of topics, including: Recent Resources Collaborative Audits Work in Progress Network Events Publications The Network Events section includes details of a forthcoming meeting dedicated to Delivering the WHO “Medication With Out Harm” Patient Safety Continue Reading »

NICE Key Therapeutic Topics 2018

The 2018 update of NICE ‘medicines optimisation: key therapeutic topics‘ has been published. The evidence context for all the current topics has been updated in the light of new guidance and important new evidence. 14 topics from 2017 have been retained: multimorbidity and polypharmacy psychotropic medicines in people with learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges safer insulin prescribing medicines optimisation in long-term Continue Reading »

RCGP/CPRD Quality Improvement Project

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the MHRA Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) have developed confidential bespoke practice and patient-level drug prescribing reports, available for free for GP practices contributing to CPRD. The reports focus on prescribing and patient safety, allowing practices to benchmark themselves against others contributing to CPRD. The reports can be used for appraisal (under Continue Reading »

NHS England Guidance on responsibility for prescribing between primary and secondary/tertiary care

NHS England has published guidance on Responsibility for prescribing between primary and secondary/tertiary care The guidance has been produced in partnership with NHS Clinical Commissioners, the BMA, the RCGP, the RCN and the National Association for Patient Participation. It aims to “provide clarity on the responsibilities of all professionals involved in commissioning and prescribing across primary, secondary and tertiary Continue Reading »

Unblocking EPS2

Are you struggling to send some prescriptions by EPS2? The NHS Dictionary of Medicines and Devices (dm+d) is the standard for transferring medicine and medical device information between clinical systems and is required for all EPS2 prescribing. Some entries in the prescribing databases used by GP clinical systems cannot be directly matched to a unique dm+d code – Continue Reading »