The Medicines Optimisation dashboard is managed by the Medicines Optimisation Intelligence Group which is chaired by Bruce Warner, Deputy Chief Pharmacist, NHS England. This dashboard is part of the wider PPRS/Medicines Optimisation Programme, a joint programme of action by NHS England and the ABPI with the full support of Government through the Ministerial Industry Strategy Group.
Medicines Optimisation is about improving patient outcomes, quality and value from medicines use, guided by the principles of medicines optimisation. This dashboard brings together a range of data relating to variation in medicines use and prescribing to inform the strategic medicines optimisation plans of CCGs and Trusts. It helps support NHS organisations in highlighting variation and facilitates discussion on how they compare with others across a range of comparators. It is not intended as a performance measurement tool and there are no targets.
Medicines Optimisation dashboard now includes a set of prescribing indicators which have been developed as part of a programme of work to reduce medication error and promote safer user of medicines, including prescribing, dispensing, administration and monitoring. The programme of work is in response to the World Health Organisation (WHO) global challenge - Medication with Harm. More information can be found in the report of the Short Life Working Group
The analysis is an experimental piece of work. This is the first time prescribing data has been linked to admissions data at a national level.
Further information regarding medicines optimisation can be found on the NHS England website.