Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation

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

This project is for all providers of Pharmacy Services. Subscribing members will receive:

  • Access to a benchmarking toolkit, allowing you to benchmark your service across hundreds of metrics
  • A bespoke dashboard report outlining key messages and metrics, which compares your local position against nationally reported positions
  • A high-level report outlining key messages and metrics for pharmacy services nationally
  • Good practice compendium of information supplied by members describing the innovative practice they are undertaking in this area.
  • Attendance at the Pharmacy event, where the initial findings from the project will be presented, as well as good practice and national speakers

2017/18 benchmarking project

The third iteration of the Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation benchmarking project included 173 participating organisations, making it the Network’s largest provider level project to date.

Download a summary of the project together with the 2017 highlights.

2018/19 benchmarking project

Following positive feedback from participants, the project is running again in 2018 (2017/18 data) with a similar timetable to 2017. 

For queries about this project, please contact Dave Barker.

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