Work programme

The following brief work program has been put together as the basis for meeting the objectives set out in the SPARS Working Group Terms of Reference:

Planned work

Responsibility

Status

Ensure that the initial membership of the SPARS group reflects the important stakeholders in the process of unifying the prescription and administration record (e.g. Royal Colleges, NHS, Education Scotland, NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Chief Pharmacists)

RCPE / HIS / SPARS Working Group  

Complete

Agree the initial Terms of Reference, predicted outputs and work program

SPARS Working Group / HIS

Complete

Identify a wider group of consultees who might be able to provide feedback on key documents created by the SPARS group

SPARS Working Group

Complete

Identify and form links with other groups within Scotland and elsewhere who are doing related work

HIS

Ongoing

Identify sources of evidence concerning the impact of unifying prescribing documentation (and other documents relevant to patient safety)

HIS  

Complete

Discuss and agree on the attributes of an ideal prescription and administration record for adult hospital in-patients drawing on national and international examples of best practice

SPARS Working Group

Complete

Gather documentation currently in use in Scotland

Chief Pharmacists

Complete

Undertake a survey of current in-patient documentation looking for concordance with the standards identified above and significant variations that might cause confusion

SPARS Working Group

Complete

Compile and publish a report based on that work

SPARS Working Group

Ongoing

Identify expertise in the construction of medical documentation

HIS

Complete

Create a chart that might be adopted as a Scottish national prescription and administration record

HIS

Version 4 under consideration

Undertake user-acceptability testing of the current prescription charts

SPARS Working Group

Complete

Undertake small-scale user-acceptability testing of the new prescription chart

SPARS Working Group

 

Awaiting the above

Undertake a formal pilot in a clinical unit

 

HIS

Awaiting the above

Agree on a series of standards of prescribing that would be linked to use of the new prescription documentation

SPARS Working Group

 

Awaiting the above

Develop an educational package that would help to ensure that relevant professionals (and trainees) were able to use the chart correctly and prescribe based on the principles identified above

NES

Awaiting agreement on above

Plan a symposium/consensus conference that will serve to communicate some of the issues that have arisen in the course of the Group’s work

RCPE/Scottish Academy

 

Date agreed and comments of symposium committee received

New items for discussion August 2012

New items for discussion August 2012

Create a website to communicate the aims, objectives and work of the SPARS Group including the achievements delivered above

HIS / RCPE

Complete

Apply for a CSO grant to do further studies around the first iteration of a new Scottish chart

SPARS Working Group

Awaiting the above

Publish the studies above

SPARS Working Group

Study submitted

(Updated 22.01.13)