One of our Prescribing Pharmacists has been asked to speak at a national healthcare conference about our new prescribing pharmacist service.
Laura Barnes is presenting at the HC-UK Conference next month to talk about how the service has improved patient safety and patient flow throughout our hospitals.
We are one of the first trusts in the country to introduce this kind of service, where specially-trained pharmacists can prescribe medication, rather than it having to go via a doctor. This new process has improved patient safety- as it reduces prescribing errors- improved patient satisfaction and patient flow due to faster turnaround of discharges, and improved transfer of care due to an increase in the accuracy of information transfer on discharge.
Laura has already presented her presentation, titled “The innovative role of a prescribing pharmacist” at the Clinical Pharmacy Congress, and will present it again at the HC-UK Conference on the 13th July.
It is hoped that by sharing our experiences, we can inspire other trusts to introduce a similar service in order to benefit patients in other areas.
Gareth Price, our Chief Pharmacist, said: “The work Laura and the team have done is a great example of how pharmacy have thoroughly examined a process, and then made changes to the process, through introducing an enhanced role for pharmacy staff to bring about benefits in terms of patient safety and experience. The wealth of data collected to clearly capture those benefits has generated huge interest in our new discharge model across the country, and the feedback from ward staff and patients about our prescribing pharmacists has been fantastic!”