Quality improvement reports for GPs

Confidential reports designed to help GPs improve the quality of their prescribing and patient safety are available for practices that contribute to CPRD.

CPRD and the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) have developed confidential bespoke practice and patient-level drug prescribing reports, available for free for GP practices contributing to CPRD.

The reports provide a list of pseudonymised patients at the practice so that GPs can re-identify and review their care plans. They also show the practice’s prescription rate benchmarked against other participating GP practices.

Each report covers a selection of safety indicators. Reports due out in November 2018 will include new indicators for prescription of anti-psychotics and anti-depressants to adults with learning disabilities, autism or both.

Current indicators are taken from the RCGP patient safety toolkit with input from NICE, including:

  • Prescription of glitazones to patients with heart failure
  • Prescription of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to patients with heart failure
  • Prescription of NSAIDs to patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Aspirin monotherapy for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation

GPs are invited to take an active role in suggesting topics for future reports.

View an example report, created using sample data.

Dr Tommy Hunter has written about how he has used the report at his own practice. Unlike much of the performance measurement information that a practice receives, this report is for practice-use only and not in the public domain.

To receive the reports, practices must first join CPRD

Quote from Dr, Scotland saying As well as helping me to improve patient care, the reports have given me useful evidence to use as part of my revalidationQuote from Dr J, South West Peninsula saying A helpful process for audit and patient careQuote from Dr S, Scotland saying Helpful to share with my colleagues Quote from Dr O, Kent, Surrey and Sussex saying It reiterates and updates good clinical practice

Further information

For more information about the new reports, contact the RCGP lead for this project, David Mullett at david.mullett@rcgp.org.uk.

[Page last reviewed 23 October 2018]