NPC Archive Item: Prescribing comparators now available for QIPP topics

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28th March 2011

A set of 13 prescribing comparators have been published to support the QIPP (Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention) medicine use and procurement workstream.

Prescribing managers should use these comparators to review local prescribing trends, assess whether any variation observed is appropriate and monitor progress on the QIPP therapeutic topics.

Further information
The comparators cover 10 of the 15 therapeutic areas included in the latest update of the NPC Publication – Key Therapeutic Topics 2010/11 (February 2011) and should be read in conjunction with that document. The aim of the comparators is to support organisations and prescribers to review the appropriateness of current prescribing, revise prescribing where appropriate and monitor implementation. They are not intended to be used as targets or performance tables but rather highlight variation and support local discussion and decisions regarding QIPP. Further information is available in the NHS Information Centre document, QIPP Prescribing Comparators: Description and Specification.

In addition, a set of charts and data tables have been produced using and show national comparisons at PCT level. Local comparisons can be made using the NHS Business Services Authority Prescription Services Prescribing Toolkit.

More information on QIPP can be found on the Department of Health and NPC websites.

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