Prescribing data, metrics or supporting resources

Prescribing data, metrics or supporting resources

The selection of metrics to support key therapeutic topics is overseen by the NHS England Medicines Optimisation Intelligence Group, and work is ongoing in this area.

The Medicines optimisation dashboard, which brings together a range of medicines-related metrics from across sectors, includes the following comparators:

  • hypnotics ADQ/STAR PU (ADQ based)

  • depression (DEP003) % achieving upper threshold or above

  • depression (DEP003) % underlying achievement.

The medicines optimisation dashboard helps NHS organisations to understand how well their local populations are being supported to optimise medicines use and inform local planning. The dashboard allows NHS organisations to highlight variation in local practice and provoke discussion on the appropriateness of local care. It is not intended as a performance measurement tool and there are no targets.

See the medicines optimisation: key therapeutic topic on medicines optimisation in chronic pain for prescribing data and metrics relating to prescribing controlled drugs.

Health Education England and the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health have launched a series of self-harm and suicide prevention competency frameworks. These describe activities that need to be brought together to support people who self-harm and/or are suicidal. The frameworks, help describe the work that is required within the following populations and contexts:

In 2017, Public Health England (PHE) published guidance on commissioning and providing better care for people with co-occurring mental health, and alcohol and drug use conditions. PHE is completing an evidence review of some prescribed medicines, which will include opioid pain medicines and opioids that are commonly used in drug-related suicide.

PHE has produced the Suicide Prevention Profile to help develop understanding at a local level and support an intelligence driven approach to suicide prevention. It provides planners, providers and stakeholders with the means to profile their area and benchmark against similar populations.