Pharmacists in the ward team: optimising patient care

Conference Dates: Thursday 7- Friday 8 March 2019

Conference Venue: Pharmaceutical Faculty, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland.

Background

Medicines are hugely important in healthcare, worldwide. The vast majority of people at some point in their lives will take medicines to prevent, manage or treat disease. But medicines also have the potential to cause harm.

The World Health Organisation, in its 3rd Global Patient Safety Challenge on Medication Safety, aims to reduce the level of avoidable harm related to medicines worldwide by 50% in 5 years.

In hospital, healthcare professionals work together as a team to help patients achieve maximum benefit from their medicines and minimise harm. The Northern Ireland ward pharmacist model is recognised as an example of best practice and has been adopted and implemented in a number of healthcare settings and locations. However, there is a need to promote greater awareness and understanding of the important role of Pharmacists in the ward Team across Europe and their impact on transforming patient care.

Wroclaw Medical University, Polish Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapy, The Regional Specialist Hospital in Wroclaw Reaserch and Development Center and the Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre (MOIC) in Northern Ireland have brought together a range of speakers from Northern Ireland and across Europe for this exciting conference to explore the role of Pharmacists in the ward Team. Keynote speakers, plenary sessions and parallel sessions will focus on developments and best practice in ward Pharmacy.

It is intended that the conference will inform, motivate, excite and inspire further service improvement, research and innovation in medicines use in Poland and across Europe.

Conference Aim

The aim of the conference is to share learning and experiences on optimising patient care from successful ward pharmacist models (including the award winning Northern Ireland model), stimulate development and implementation of similar models locally and build collaborations and networks.

Delegates

The conference programme will be relevant to Pharmacists, Doctors and other healthcare professionals from all sectors, Hospital Managers, Clinical Pharmacologists, Ministry of Health Officials, Academics and Pharmacy and Medical students, and will be of interest to delegates from across Poland and throughout Europe.