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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness


What is POMH-UK?

The national Prescribing Observatory for Mental Health (POMH-UK) aims to help specialist mental health Trusts/healthcare organisations improve their prescribing practice.  POMH-UK, with its member organisations, identifies specific topics within mental health prescribing and develops audit-based Quality Improvement Programmes (QIPs).


Organisations are able to benchmark their performance against one another and identify where their prescribing practice meets nationally agreed standards and where it falls short.  Wide participation in QIPs creates a picture of prescribing practice nationally.


POMH-UK was originally funded by a tapering grant from an independent charity, the Health Foundation, under its ‘Engaging with Quality’ initiative. The project is now funded by subscriptions from member organisations. POMH-UK does not receive funding from the pharmaceutical industry.


For more about POMH-UK, please see our FAQ.



Find out more and join

Find out more information about
how the project is run, and information on registration.

Member organisations

2015-16 programme

Public resources

Access to information designed for service users and carers
and the publications

New CPD online

"How patient-centred
are you? Shared decision making in psychiatric practice"

Member resources, interventions and
data entry information

Password protected
area for current members, with access
to resources, the data entry information and opportunities to feedback.

Please note you will have to log in with the relevant POMH-UK username and password to access these areas.

Contact us

If you have any questions, or need more information then please contact one of the team.

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POMH-UK QIP 9c: Antipsychotic prescribing in people with a learning disability

Trust reports for this QIP have been send to POMH-UK leads.


POMH-UK QIP 15a: Prescribing valproate for bipolar disorder

Audit materials for this QIP have been sent to POMH-UK leads.

POMH-UK regional workshops

We are now accepting bookings for our annual regional workshops via our events page.


Alcohol detoxification interventions

The POMH-UK team have developed two change interventions for clinicians based on the data from the baseline audit of QIP14a: Prescribing in substance misuse: alcohol detoxification.

These interventions can be downloaded from our interventions page, and 20 printed copies will also be sent to your local POMH-UK lead.


Ready reckoner v6

Are you using the most up-to-date version of the ready reckoner?

The most up-to-date version is Version 6, which is available to POMH-UK members on our resources pages.