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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

2016-17 programme

Data entry information

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 and interventions

Password protected
area for current members, with access
to resources 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 Membership 2017
Trusts are now able to renew their membership for 2017! Information about joining or renewing your membership is available on our  joining page

We are introducing a new Quality Improvement Programme for 2017 on Topic 17: ‘use of depot/Long acting antipsychotic injections for relapse prevention’

POMH-UK QIP 16a: Rapid tranquilisation

Online data entry is now open until 25 November 2016


POMH-UK QIP 7e: Monitoring of patients prescribed lithium

Deadline for responding to data cleaning enquiries is Monday 10 October


POMH-UK calendar planner 2016/17 has been updated


We are pleased to announce that the POMH-UK 10-year report is now available to download online from the Public Resources page.


NICE endorses QIP 10:

We are pleased to announce that NICE has endorsed QIP 10: 'Prescribing antipsychotics in children and adolescents


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.