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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06238: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 17 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the remit and purpose is of the Effective Prescribing Group.

Answered by: Shona Robison 26 January 2017

The Effective Prescribing Programme (EPP) has been set up by NHS National Services Scotland, NHS Boards and the Scottish Government to facilitate and support the quality of prescribing and medicines use. The EPP was established to accelerate change through clinical leadership, removing barriers to change and adding focus and pace.

The challenge of an aging population with increasingly complex multiple long term conditions requires that the NHS finds new and innovative ways of using its resources. An important guiding principle of this is, where possible, to adopt a ‘once for Scotland’ approach, ensuring best use of resources through joint working in order to improve patient healthcare outcomes.

The Effective Prescribing Programme Board (EPPB) sits within the governance arrangements of the member organisations. The EPPB reports, via the Scottish Association of Medical Directors, to the Sustainability and Value Board which in turn reports to NHS Chief Executives. The EPPB is chaired jointly by an NHS Medical Director and a Scottish Government official. All territorial Boards are represented on the EPPB.