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PrescQIPP in brief

We are an NHS funded not-for-profit organisation that supports quality, optimised prescribing for patients. We produce evidence-based resources and tools for primary care commissioners, and provide a platform to share innovation across the NHS. Most of our materials are publicly available, however we also provide a range of data and intelligence tools, webinars and events for our subscribers. We also aim to engage with a broad range of stakeholders including patients and carers, the pharmaceutical industry and voluntary sector organisations.

You can read more about us and answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

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If you look at the links in my reply to your last post, you'll see that Kate from PrescQIPP responded to some of the posts a few days ago.


Thank you.


"We produce evidence-based resources"

Except that your recommendation to stop the prescription of Liothyronine is not evidence based.

The BTF guidelines are not supported by evidence.  They are "expert" recommendations.  Furthermore, the BTF refuse to consider any information that conflicts with their "expert recommendations".

It is a fallacy to believe that anything published by a medical organisation magically becomes accepted as "evidence".  The BTF guidelines are a classic example of this and PrescQIPP have simply copied and pasted inaccurate information from the BTF guidelines and presented them as facts (which they are not).

There is no shortage of evidence that supports the prescription of Liothyronine for  secondary Hypothyroidism, specifically, a shortage of T3 hormone, which is a very serious problem for those of us that have it and Liothyronine (T3) is essential to our well-being.


Thanks juliat. This sounds like yet another group set up with public funds to advise previously free-thinking professionals on things they should in any case know. It is a diversion of NHS funding and turns doctors into form fillers. 

If you go to their website and read the testimonials you'll see some interesting comments: 

"I think PrescQIPP is amazingly good - literally." ???

"The new processes introduced for strategic and peer review of the publications gives me great confidence in using them to effect prescribing change in our area."

"The comprehensiveness of the dashboard is helpful in providing alternative views on performance that can help in getting the right message across. The collaborative nature of PrescQIPP is very encouraging and should be treasured."

"I particularly like the attention to detail in terms of letters to patients and audit templates they produce. This makes it much easier for practices to implement change without further work on my part." Wow, so does this mean it saves this person having to draft rather difficult letters to patients telling them that the meds they take are no longer available?

"Their evidence-based bulletins and briefings are an easy way of selling various Medicines Management interventions to GP practices." Assuming the GPs aren't educated enough to work it out for themselves.

It's all about money and how to prove that the cheapest option has, in some research project somewhere in the world, been shown to work. Their recruitment page also mentions they "engage the skills, experience and expertise of a wider pool of freelance authors and project managers" especially talented pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. 

Once upon a time it would have been worth questioning the validity and funding of this organisation, but these days the answer wouldn't make any sense anyway!


Yes I found template letters on a CCG site! Tick the bits you want included to tell the patient 'why' they're not getting what they want. 

Lets make it super dooper easy for the hard worked Docs to say no.

Does anyone even know a doctor who works more than 3 days a week?


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