The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) Pharmacy Team is celebrating success having being crowned winner at this year’s prestigious National Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Pharmaceutical Care Awards for their project designed to improve the care provision for older people.
The annual awards, held recently in London, are aimed at recognising innovative practice and service developments that have been shown to improve the health of patients through better use of medicines.
The Western Trust winning team consisted of Carmel Darcy, Consultant Pharmacist (Older People), Dr Ruth Miller, Lead Pharmacist, Research and Clinical Trials and Anne Friel, Head of Pharmacy and Medicines Management. The project chosen by the panel of judges evaluated the impact of providing pharmaceutical care to older people in an intermediate healthcare setting (Waterside Hospital). The team were shortlisted out of 31 UK wide entries and were hotly contested by six inspiring finalists.
Project Manager of the team, Dr Ruth Miller said, on behalf of her team, “We are thrilled to have won the Pharmaceutical Care Awards. We had a vision for our case management project which meets the pharmaceutical care needs of a growing older population. It provides a model and direction of travel for the pharmacy profession producing definite outcomes and improving quality of life for not just our older patients but those with long term conditions.”
Expressing her congratulations, Chief Executive of the Western Trust, Elaine Way, CBE said: “My congratulations go to our Pharmacy Team who have won this prestigious UK Award. It is vital that we identify new and innovative ways to address our clinical needs and to develop solutions that will ultimately improve patient care. This project proved to be a very effective model, being delivered by a very resilient and patient focused team who demonstrated their commitment and personal dedication in providing a first rate service to patients.”