News & Updates

Catch up with the latest news, events and updates from the Meds IQ team.

Latest News

QI Central

In December 2018, RCPCH is launching a new online Quality Improvement and Patient Safety hub – QI Central. The hub will feature user generated content – examples of quality improvement interventions in a variety of areas – very much like Meds IQ currently does. Specifically, the topic areas on the new hub will be:

  • Meds IQ
  • Patient Safety
  • Processes of Care
  • Patient Engagement

QI Central will have exactly the same features as Meds IQ – users will be able to submit their projects, build up content library and receive a regular bulletin.

Meds IQ Champion webinar - November 2018

On November 6th, we had a webinar for Meds IQ Champions featuring Medicines for Children team - Anna Rossiter (RCPCH) and Rachel Lane (Reason Digital) on the topic of  co-designing a new medicines safety app with patients and families.


In July 2018 the RCPCH Medicines for Children project was awarded funding and practical support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief's "Tech for Good" programme. Through this grant new technology will be sued to develop a tool to provide assistance to parents and carers managing complex medicines regimes at home.


November news: QI Central - Coming soon

Dear Meds IQ User,


We hope you are enjoying the beautiful autumn season.


We would like to share our big news with you: this is the last Meds IQ bulletin you will receive from us.


From next month, we will be migrating Meds IQ to a new site, called QI Central which, apart from medication safety will also feature other patient safety and quality improvement topics. Your next bulletin will thus feature a much wider range of topics, although medication safety will still be one of them.


Did you know about the Medicines Committee?

The RCPCH actively strives to improve medicines safety and influence medication standards nationally. In the coming months the committee will work with education colleagues to redefine the Medicines Safety strategy so it can deliver the training required to future paediatricians.

The RCPCH hosts a Medicines Committee partnered with NPPG with membership from RPS, MHRA, ABPI amongst other. The committee are working policies and statements in the following key areas;

Submit your project

As ever, we would like to ask you to share with the Meds IQ community your own improvement work by submitting your project abstract or tool description here (‘submit a resource’ at the bottom of the homepage).

All the new projects and tools published in the lead-up to QI Central launch will receive special promotion, as part of the launch!

Medicines for Children producing a medicines management app for parents and carers

Last month the Medicines for Children project was awarded £50,000 from Comic Relief’s ‘Tech for Good’ programme. This programme offers funding and training days to support the MfC team to develop a medicines management app for parents and carers. Following a period of consultation with parents and carers, the app is on track to be launched at the RCPCH conference in May 2019.


QI Central – a new, QI online hub at RCPCH coming this autumn!

We have a few updates for you this autumn, starting with the most exciting piece of news: in November 2018, Meds IQ will become a part of a larger family of quality improvement resources on a new website called QI Central! Apart from Meds IQ, the new site will host the following topic sites: Patient Safety, Processes of Care and Patient Engagement.


Upcoming course: Safe and effective prescribing for you and your team

Related topics: 

Improve your knowledge and skills with our course on Safe Prescribing. Including sessions on the 'START assessment', 'demystifying prescribing for neonates' and 'common prescribing mistakes'. 

This one-day course explores safe prescribing within paediatrics. You will learn about the most frequent prescribing mistakes and their management, as well as, review basic pharmacology.


Register here to secure your place.

Co-designing solutions for medication safety with families

Following our December event, where we discussed key challenges families face in medication safety in home and hospital care environments and possible solutions, some of the event participants have now formed a group looking at how to develop the solution ideas further, with support from RCPCH.


To this end, we are gathering information about existing medication or healthcare passports in use (one of the suggestions for a new resource) as well as any other resources currently employed by healthcare professionals to support families in managing medications.


Meds IQ Champion Webinar

Please click below to watch the recording of our latest webinar on May 22nd, 2018.

Our presenters were Dr Yincent Tse and Kathy Seed, a senior nurse, from Great North Children’s hospital, presenting on a recently launched Hospital Passport for young people with disabilities.

MedsIQ Webinar Nov 2018