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  • Scottish BMA meeting endorses new GP contract

    Scottish BMA meeting endorses new GP contract

    Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:05
  • NHS England to press ahead with curbs on prescribing items with little evidence base

    NHS England to press ahead with curbs on prescribing items with little evidence base

    Friday, 01 December 2017 10:32
  • New primary care guidance for commissioners issued

    New primary care guidance for commissioners issued

    Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:54
  • Burns review recommends how targets and health indicators should be developed in Scotland

    Burns review recommends how targets and health indicators should be developed in Scotland

    Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:47
  • Scotland’s ‘distinctively’ new GMS contract for 2018 is announced

    Scotland’s ‘distinctively’ new GMS contract for 2018 is announced

    Thursday, 16 November 2017 18:16

a female dr with patientOctober 5 2017

The OpenPrescribing tools allowing GPs to analyse prescribing data, “should not be used as a means to shame individual practices,” the RCGP Chair has said.

 Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard has commented on the peer review tool, saying: “GP surgeries differ from practice to practice, so peer review tools can be useful to compare practice activity at a local and national level – but they should not be used as a means to shame individual practices.

“Whilst these tools can be useful for self-reflection and implementing quality improvement initiatives in the best interests of delivering patient care, we must recognise that in many cases, variation in many aspects of care will reflect the specific demographics of a patient population (for example, age, level of deprivation, quality of housing, ethnicity etc) as opposed to ineffective practice.”

OpenPrescribing has been in beta testing since December 2015, and is a project built by the EBM DataLab at the University of Oxford. It aims “to help make complex medical and scientific data more accessible and more impactful in the real world.” The system uses prescribing data from the monthly files published by NHS Digital, used under the terms of the Open Government Licence.

In addition to prescription information, other data sources used in OpenPrescribing include:

  • practice list sizes and practice locations;
  • BNF codes and names;
  • CCG names and codes and CCG geographic boundaries;
  • CCG to practice relations, and practice prescribing settings.

Professor Stokers Lampard said: “Prescription costs are a significant expense for the health service – and this site also has useful features to help practices understand whether they are using resources in the most cost-effective way. If we can take safe, sensible measures to reduce these costs then we should.

“The current consultation on the NHS use of medicines of ‘low priority’ is not yet completed and as such we await the conclusions with interest.”

Links:
RCGP statement               
OpenPrescribing.net     

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