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NHS England Medicines Optimisation Opportunities Dashboard

NHS England has recently launched a new programme of National Medicines Optimisation Opportunities for 2023/24. In response, we have reviewed the 16 key areas of focus and added a category filter to OpenPrescribing which allows every practice, PCN, ICB, and NHS England region to hone in on measures relevant to these recommendations.

This will help inform local discussions about how to best select and address the opportunities set out by NHS England. In this blog we further describe the relevant measures we have in OpenPrescribing and how to access them.

Investigating a sudden £450k per month increase in NHS expenditure on colesevelam tablets

We recently identified a sudden £450k per month increase in NHS expenditure on colesevelam tablets. Using OpenPrescribing tools, we were able to investigate the reasons for this change and track it down to a small reasonable change to the NHS Drug Tariff. In this blog we detail how you can also use OpenPrescribing tools to identify and investigate unusual trends.

Pharmacists behind the scenes at OpenPrescribing

There are six pharmacists that help develop and update prescribing measures that are relevant to the 20k OpenPrescribing users that access our tool every month. We share our time with the Bennett Institute for Applied Data Science with NHS roles ranging from an ICB medicines optimisation pharmacist, to a practice-based pharmacist and to pharmacists working in secondary care. Read our blog to find out more about our team.

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At OpenPrescribing we have an email alert service for every single practice, PCN sub-ICB and ICB in England that delivers bespoke custom emails to your inbox about your own organisations prescribing.

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Since the start of the pandemic, much of the OpenPrescribing team have been building and researching in our powerful new OpenSAFELY platform for COVID-19 related research and service monitoring. You can read all our outputs on the website and our new OpenSAFELY reports website but we think the following analyses will be of interest: