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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.


Ready reckoner v7

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

The most up-to-date version is Version 7, which is available to POMH-UK members on the POMH members' website. You can access the resource using your Trust's log-in details.



Find out more and join

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

Member organisations

2018-19 programme

Data entry information

Public resources

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

CPD online
module on prescribing:

"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.

Please note you will have to log in with the POMH-UK username and password for your organisation in order 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 16b: Rapid Tranquilisation in the context of the pharmacological management of acutely disturbed behaviour

Online data entry now open


POMH-UK QIP 17a: Use of long-acting/depot antipsychotics for relapse prevention


Report and slide-sets available in the Members Area

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

Online data entry has now closed


Programme for 2017-2018

The 2017-18 programme is now available

10-year anniversary report

The POMH-UK 10-year report is available to download online from the Public Resources page.