Pharmacists Come Together To Inspire Change
More than 150 people gathered at the Hilton Templepatrick Golf and Country Club on Tuesday 9th May 2017, for a Conference designed to promote innovation and quality outcomes in pharmacy.
Hosted by The Pharmacy Professional & Representative Bodies (PPRB), which comprises the Pharmacy Forum NI, Community Pharmacy NI (CPNI), the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), the Pharmacists Defence Association (PDA) and the Ulster Chemists’ Association (UCA), the event was designed to provide community pharmacists and their teams with an opportunity to consider how they can enhance the quality and safety of their practice, including innovative new ways of delivering services. The conference, which counted towards CPD, was also supported by the Department of Health and the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB).
On a warm May evening, participants had the opportunity to network with colleagues, share knowledge and experience and engage with a number of fast paced presentations focused on the theme of ‘Inspiring Change’. In a period of significant change for pharmacy, in an uncertain political and socio-economic environment, a number of important topics were highlighted and discussed. Community Pharmacist and Chair of the Pharmacy Forum NI, Sheelin McKeagney kicked off the event with an overview of some of the issues currently facing the profession. These included rebalancing, outcomes based premises standards, professional standards for reporting and quality assurance and clinical governance. Brenda Bradley, Pharmacy Lead at the HSCB and Glyn Walduck from the NPA, explored some of these topics, while Management and Leadership Consultant Dorothy McKee challenged the audience on the theme of learning and change. There was an overall focus on the profession being prepared for the challenges ahead, continuing to provide the highest standards of patient care and on becoming future ready.
Building on this theme, the evening’s presentations included real life examples of innovation in local community pharmacies. In a segment led by Kerry Grimes, Clinical Governance and Support Pharmacist from CPNI, there were interesting, challenging and very enjoyable presentations from Eoghan O’Brien and Michael Cooper. Promotional stands also offered delegates a snapshot of the range of innovative solutions currently available for pharmacies.
Julie Greenfield, Pharmacy Forum NI Manager and Chair of the PPRB Working Group reflected on what was a very successful conference, “The members of the PPRB are delighted by the enormously positive response to this, our first joint event. It has demonstrated the potential benefits of collaborative working within the profession, to enhance learning opportunities and knowledge exchange. It also brought colleagues together to explore innovative approaches to enhancing service provision and improving patient safety. The event further demonstrates the on-going commitment of pharmacists across NI, to driving change and continuing to strive for the highest professional standards.”
She concluded, “In celebrating the success of this event, the PPRB continues to be responsive to feedback from our members and colleagues and will seek to explore future potential opportunities for collaborative working.”
The presentations for the evening are available for download here: