Following recommendations in the report of the Short Life Working Group on reducing medication-related harm, the Department of Health & Social Care Medicines Safety Programme has developed an open-access Medication Safety Dashboard with a series of preliminary prescribing indicators. A more granular & detailed version of the Medication Safety Dashboard is available via EPACT2.
The aim of the indicators is to:
- support local reviews of prescribing
- minimise unnecessary prescribing
- identify where alternative medicines or medicines that reduce risk could be prescribed
- reduce the number of patients who are potentially at increased risk of harm from medicines and the number of hospital admissions associated with that risk