Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation

Each year the NHS spends £18 billion on medicines. Good management and prescribing practices have a significant impact on both patient health and the cost of the medicines bill. Despite the huge importance, there is great variation between localities in the level of spend, prescribing practices and management approaches.

The Pharmacy project has been developed in partnership with NHS Pharmacists, the Department of Health & Social Care, Public Health England and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).

  • This project is for all commissioners. Subscribing members will receive:

  • An interactive online toolkit, allowing you to benchmark your service across hundreds of metrics

  • A bespoke dashboard report outlining key metrics, and highlighting your reported positions

  • A high-level report outlining key messages nationally

  • A good practice compendium of information supplied by member participants

  • Free attendance at annual conferences, accessing presentations on project key findings, from national policy leads and members

  • Good practice case studies on how members use the benchmarking to improve service delivery

2018/19 Benchmarking Project

This year is the fourth round of the Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation project. 188 organisations registered for the project this year, which has grown from 138 in the project’s first year. The project has received excellent coverage with England, Wales, Scotland and the Channel Islands participating.

You can read more about the highlights from the 2018 project in our news section.

2019/20 Benchmarking Project

The Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation benchmarking project is running in 2019/20.

For queries about this project, please contact Aidan Rawlinson.

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