Local NHS Trust Celebrated for Patient Safety Initiative

20 June 2019

A pioneering new initiative enhancing communication and collaboration with community pharmacies across Cheshire and Wirral – led by local NHS Trust CWP – was nominated in FIVE separate categories at the national Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient Safety Awards.

The project, in which Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (CWP) Pharmacy Team has adopted a unique system to inform local community pharmacies if extra care or counselling is required for prescribed medicines such as some antipsychotics or antidepressants, was shortlisted in the following categories at the prestigious national awards: 

  • Best emerging solution for patient safety
  • Best partnership solution improving patient safety
  • Improving safety in medicines management initiative
  • Mental Health Initiative of the Year
  • Quality Improvement of the Year

Recognising the possible risks to some patients when they didn’t take their medication as prescribed, the team applied a new communication system providing community pharmacies with critical information about what their patients have been prescribed. The system has helped extend the support that community pharmacists can provide - giving them the best chance to provide safe and effective care.

Jasmeen Islam, Deputy Chief Pharmacist at CWP, said: “Through collaboration with community pharmacy teams we have been able to enhance patient care through better information sharing and integrated working, in line with the NHS 10 Year Plan.

“We were delighted to be finalists in these categories, and I’d like to thank the community pharmacies for their valuable input and continued support.”

Sheena Cumiskey, Chief Executive at CWP, said: “This is a fantastic example of local experts working together to mitigate risk and better meet the needs of our population. The fact it has been recognised in so many categories highlights just how effective it has been across our communities. Congratulations to all involved.”

Over a billion prescription items are dispensed in the community each year nationally, and community pharmacies provide essential checks to safely provide medicines and support patients to use and understand their medicines and adopt healthier lifestyles.

Jane Devenish from Well Pharmacy said, “The information provided is secure, yet easily accessible to the team and helps us to identify potentially harmful medicine interactions or side-effects when dispensing prescriptions or advising about minor health conditions. Linking the community pharmacy and mental health services in this way has improved the safety of the service that we can give to our patients, and we’re delighted that it has been recognised by so many award nominations.”

 The HSJ Patient Safety Awards took place on 2 July at a ceremony in Manchester. 

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