Each year the NHS spends £14 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 NHS Benchmarking Network has launched two related projects to support managers in charge of this important area; a project for Provider organisations and one for Commissioner organisations.
The pharmacy project has been developed in partnership with NHS Pharmacists, the Department of Health, Public Health England and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).
2016/17 benchmarking project
The 2016 iteration of the Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation project collected 2015/16 data and the findings were discussed at a national event on 19th October 2016. The following outputs are available on the members' area:
- Summary report
- Good practice compendium
- Presentations from the event
- Online toolkit
2017/18 benchmarking project
Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation will be included in the 2017/18 work programme, collecting 2016/17 data. An event, free to Network members, will be held on 18th October 2017.
For further information about this project, please contact Aidan Rawlinson.