Archive 2015

Online Portal Opens for Pharmacy Innovations In Patient Care

September 14, 2015

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) is calling on pharmacists all around Ireland to submit examples of innovative practice developments that are improving patient care and safety, as part of a study being undertaken to examine the future of pharmacy practice in Ireland.

The PSI has created an online ‘innovations portal’ to gather information and real time evidence of current innovative pharmacy practice and services. The portal will remain open for submissions until 25 September 2015.
“The PSI is aware of the great breadth of practice innovations already happening in both community and hospital settings. We are asking pharmacists to share their experience and findings from initiatives they are involved in, or projects they have recently undertaken, that are innovative and different, making the best use of pharmacists’ skills and knowledge and ultimately improving patient care and safety,” PSI CEO, Marita Kinsella said.

She continued, “Whether large or small scale innovations, regardless of the outcome all submissions are welcome, as they will provide useful insights to inform this project. It may be something that offers patients greater safety and health outcomes, a new service, a new way of managing medicines therapies or even a different system of interaction with patients or healthcare colleagues”.

Launched by the PSI in August, the Future Pharmacy Practice Project is supported by the Department of Health and the HSE and will explore how pharmacists can most valuably contribute to patients’ needs and will outline a vision and roadmap for the future direction of pharmacy in Ireland. It will examine how the sector can most valuably and cost-effectively contribute to the health and wellbeing of patients in Irish healthcare. The first meeting of the project’s Steering Group, chaired by Dr Norman Morrow, former Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at the Department of Health, Social Services and Public safety in Northern Ireland, was held last month.

The project is to result in a final report to be delivered in early 2016.

To submit current innovations, developments and ideas for the future, pharmacists are encouraged to visit this link and complete a short survey.

The regulator is encouraging pharmacists to contribute to this project and to the development of pharmacy into the future, ensuring that pharmacy plays a central role in the multidisciplinary delivery of healthcare in Ireland in the best interests of patients. This is the start of a number of engagements with the profession, patients and other healthcare professionals about the future of pharmacy over the coming months.

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