Each NHS Trust and local pharmacies in Dorset have been promoting awareness and providing updates for staff and patients on medications without harm and medicines safety following World Patient Safety Day in September. On Monday 17 October we held a face-to-face event to share learning from medicines incidents and to specifically focus on the safety improvement programme to reduce harm from opiate drugs in our communities. This provided an excellent opportunity to network with other healthcare professionals.
Speakers on the day were:
Head of Medicines Improvement at NHS Dorset who
Thank you to everyone who has shared your powerful stories with me about your own experiences and those of family members.
Your testimonies are both heartfelt and heart breaking, a very emotional read. I cannot think of a greater motivation for decision makers to do what is right, without delay.
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With many patient safety events in England being postponed I’ve reflected that World Patient Safety Day will be celebrated and prioritised for many weeks this year. With medication safety a
Saturday 17 September 2022 marks the fourth annual World Patient Safety Day. This event was established by World Health Organization (WHO) as a day to call for global solidarity and concerted action to improve patient safety. It aims to bring together patients, families, carers, healthcare professionals and policymakers to show their commitment to patient safety.
Avoidable harm in health and social care
What is patient safety? Simply put, patient safety is concerned with avoiding unintended harm to people during their care and treatment. WHO describes it as follows:
1 Blog - Managing medicines in care homes – four top tips
In this blog, Steve Turner, a qualified nurse specialising in clinical educational and patient engagement, offers up four tips for managing medicines in care home settings, under the following headings:
Care Homes must have a medicines policy that is regularly reviewed
People must have an accurate listing of their medicines on the day they transfer to the care home
People who live in care homes should have at least one multidisciplinary medication review per year
Ensure you have safe systems for administer
Key findings: Factors that contribute to medication errors
Problems with three-way communication between care home, prescriber and dispensing pharmacy
Training of care home staff
Leadership and the need to create a safety culture
Problematic care processes, including record keeping and ordering medication
This webinar is jointly sponsored by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) and American Academy of Pediatrics' Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (AAP COQIPS)
Join us for our first ISQua - AAP COQIPS webinar! In this interactive webinar you will learn about implementation tools and resources to decrease medication errors in the ambulatory paediatrics setting. These tools can also be applied to children with medical complexity, who are frequently at higher risk for medication errors due to challenges with care fragmentation, miscommunication, and polyph
Pharmacy Forum NI and the DoH Strategic Planning & Performance Group (SPPG) have created a three-part webinar series entitled, ‘A systematic Approach to Insulin Safety in Community Pharmacy’.
The first webinar in the series will take place on Wednesday 21 September 2022 at 7-9pm via Zoom and will focus on an introduction to human factors, concepts & tools, and their relevance to patient/medication safety and the wellbeing of the pharmacy team.
Event programme and registration
Who should attend?
These events are targeted at all members of the community pharmacy team w
A medication error is defined as "any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the healthcare professional, patient, or consumer,” according to the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention.
An estimated 237 million medication errors occur in the NHS in England every year. This number represents the sum of medication errors over all stages of the medication use process. Most errors occur during drug administration (54%), followed by prescribing (21%) and dispensi
1 Blog - Inappropriate prescribing during a pandemic: dementia and antipsychotics
A growing number of people with dementia who live in care homes are being prescribed antipsychotic medication, but there are serious questions about whether these drugs are being prescribed appropriately. In this blog, a family describes how their father with Alzheimer’s disease came to be prescribed antipsychotic medication at his care home. They raise concerns about the decision to prescribe antipsychotics when there were obvious non-drug based alternatives to pursue, the lack of involvement the family had
These four vlogs are edited versions of vlogs originally commissioned by the NHS. They are all fully referenced based on UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines and on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Prescribing Competency Framework for all prescribers (see the video description) and contain links to useful sources of further information.
Shared decision making - 'It's my decision', which covers the latest NICE Guideline on shared decision making.
'Too much information' - Dealing with information overload on medicines & prescribing, which inclu