Why was the WHO Good Practice Repository created?

The WHO Good Practice Repository was created as a recommendation from the Department of Health and Social Care Short Life Working Group (SLWG) on reducing medication-related harm.  The premise for its creation is that much good work occurs within the NHS in England to reduce avoidable medication errors and to improve medication safety.

Such work is not always published or available in the public domain, and thus work cannot be easily identified and then adopted and spread across the NHS.  The repository provides a platform through which such work can be identified, light-touch assessment criteria applied, and good work made available for adoption or adaption.

The aim is that the repository is a product that helps NHS organisations learn from each other.  In its current form, with relatively few practice examples, the resource is provided on a proof-of-concept basis.  Engagement with its content from NHS staff will be key to its ongoing success.  We also welcome feedback on any aspect of the initiative, which can be provided to Ben Rehman.