The PrescQIPP NHS Programme was established as a programme in 2010 by the East of England Strategic Health Authority (SHA) to help deliver prescribing efficiencies. Having successfully helped Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) within the area, PrescQIPP was given exceptional funding to extend support across the Midlands and East SHA cluster.
The introduction of the Health and Social Care Act abolished SHAs and passed responsibility for primary care commissioning from PCTs to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). In response to this restructure and loss of central funding, CCGs were asked if they would be prepared to continue to fund PrescQIPP’s work through a subscription model. The response was an overwhelming 'yes', and the number of commissioning organisations who have decided to join the community has grown ever since.
PrescQIPP now has a UK wide subscriber base that supports the majority of the UK patient population. With the support of our community, we became an independent social enterprise (community interest company limited by guarantee) in April 2016, enabling us to continue our work on a not for profit basis for the benefit of NHS patients, commissioners and organisations.