Southmead Hospital pharmacists take two out of three places in competition shortlist

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Southmead Hospital pharmacists have taken two out of three of the final slots in the regional shortlist for a national competition.

Specialist Rheumatology Pharmacist Emily Rose and Medication Safety Officer and Principal Pharmacist Jane Smith of North Bristol NHS Trust are finalists in the Southern England shortlist for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s I love My Pharmacist competition.

The pair now need votes from the public to make it from the shortlist of 18 into the national final. Specialist Rheumatology Pharmacist at Southmead Hospital Emily Rose who has been shortlisted in the I Love My Pharmacist competition

The competition, now in its second year, will see the national title going to one pharmacist deemed to go above and beyond the call of duty in the name of excellent patient care.

Emily, who joined North Bristol NHS Trust in 2010, supports patients with rheumatology conditions, seeing patients in clinic to ensure they receive the appropriate medication.

After taking up the post in September 2013 Emily developed a service, working with Consultants and Specialist Nurses to ensure that rheumatology patients on biologic therapy were being monitored more regularly. This means that patients are only prescribed medication when they are seen for clinical review and have had the appropriate monitoring assessments. 

Regularly reviewing patients and ensuring it is appropriate for them to continue on their medication, is safer and provides an opportunity for further counselling and discussion about medication.  The new system implemented for prescribing has also led to the NHS saving about £200,000 a year.

Emily said the role means she spends time talking to patients about their medication, helping them understand the importance of being reviewed regularly and empowering them by encouraging them to take more control of managing their condition and medication.

Emily said: “This service is about ensuring our patients are started and continued on appropriate medication and that can make a significant difference to their health.

“We have managed to improve the quality of the service for our patients while also making the service more robust and it is really nice to be recognised for that by being shortlisted in the I Love My Pharmacist initiative.

“I feel passionately about working with the multi-disciplinary team to have a positive impact on our patients’ health and I am also keen to raise the profile of the pharmacy profession.”

Jane has worked at Southmead Hospital for more than 27 years and was shortlisted for the work her team has carried out to improve the process of medicines reconciliation in the hospital.

Medicines reconciliation is carried out when patients come into hospital to ensure they continue to take the same medicines in hospital as they would at home. The work Jane and her team have carried out since 2007 has seen 95 percent of patients in 30 wards in the hospital having their medication reviewed within 24 hours of admission – the best performance in England and Wales.

Jane said: “It is a real honour to be selected in the I Love My Pharmacist competition and to know our project had a positive impact on our patients’ health and wellbeing.”

The pharmacy inside the Brunel building Southmead Hospital Bristol. Two members of the North Bristol NHS Trust pharmacy team have been shortlisted in the I Love My Pharmacy regional finals.

Director of Pharmacy at North Bristol NHS Trust, Andrew Davies, said: “For NBT to have two, very different, submissions shortlisted is amazing and makes me incredibly proud of the whole pharmacy team and these two specific submissions particularly.  I truly believe that NBT has one of if not the best pharmacy team across the NHS!

“Emily is wholly focussed on providing clinical services for a defined group of patients – with Rheumatoid diseases - working closely with medical and nursing clinical colleagues transforming the management of this long term condition.

“Jane is passionate about patient safety and Quality Improvement for pharmacy services across NBT and this role supports the whole team of pharmacists and medicines management technicians.”

To vote for Emily or Jane in the I Love My Pharmacist competition visit by September 29.