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Innovations in Prescribing, Quality and Efficiency in Scotland

Sponsored by Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited


Christine Allan, Healthcare Development Manager, Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited

Dr Andrew Radley and Team, HCV

Finalist
NHS Tayside
This project aimed to establish a care pathway in community pharmacy, to enable people who inject drugs to obtain a cure for hepatitis C (HCV), without needing to access any other healthcare facility. The team engaged with 56 community pharmacies and trained them to test, diagnose, assess for treatment and deliver a cure for HCV using direct-acting antiviral drugs.

Alan McGeer and the High Dose Opioid Reduction Project

Finalist
NHS Ayrshire & Arran
The initiative was actioned following focus being brought to analgesic (and in particular, opioid) prescribing in the health board after the pain guidelines were updated and a recommended daily opioid milligram cap was introduced. This ceiling of opioid prescribing was set at 120mg oral morphine equivalent – prescribing above these levels was advised as incurring significant risk, with little or no therapeutic benefit.

Jane Hall and the De-Prescribing in the Frail Elderly Team

Finalist
NHS Ayrshire & Arran
From the outset, the team were motivated to reduce inappropriate polypharmacy in a cohort of frail, elderly patients – a branch of individuals who would benefit most from a decline in associated harm – with a focus on de-prescribing inappropriate or unnecessary medications. Further objectives included the development of closer working relationships between the practice clinical pharmacy team and the prescribers in the GP practice, and the promoted utilisation of the complex patients list which is available to all practices in Ayrshire & Arran to enable them to identify their most frail patients.

Lyndsay McCubbin and Team Reviewing and De-Prescribing of ONS Products

Finalist
NHS Ayrshire & Arran
The work undertaken has been in line with the aim of reviewing all patients prescribed oral nutritional supplements and either switching them to formulary choice or discontinuing where no longer indicated. The project is a pharmacy technician-led review looking at all patients prescribed oral nutritional supplements.

Mary Ann Campbell and the East Renfrewshire Medication Support Service

Finalist
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
The pharmacy technician-led service delivers comprehensive medicines support for adult patients residing in the community. This includes medicines reconciliation for patients who have recently come out of hospital, or who have been referred to the service. Referrals may be made by GPs, any member of the health and social care team, acute service colleagues, or patients can also self-refer.

Christine Allan, Healthcare Development Manager, Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited

Dr Andrew Radley and Team, HCV

Winner
NHS Tayside
This project aimed to establish a care pathway in community pharmacy, to enable people who inject drugs to obtain a cure for hepatitis C (HCV), without needing to access any other healthcare facility. The team engaged with 56 community pharmacies and trained them to test, diagnose, assess for treatment and deliver a cure for HCV using direct-acting antiviral drugs.

Management of Substance Dependency in the Community

Sponsored by Ethypharm UK


Ken Sutherland, National Sales Manager, Ethypharm UK

Eleanor Fenton

Finalist
Welcome Pharmacy, Creebridge Mill
Eleanor qualified as an IP just short of two years ago, expressing an interest in the area of substance dependency. Having recognised a local need for SDAS prescribing support – and that there was a gap in provision in the rural area – Eleanor started supporting people with substance dependency as an IP in March 2019, working one day per fortnight in clinic with SDAS. On completion of the IP course, she went on to study NES Common Clinical Conditions in order to run a pilot clinic from her community pharmacy on behalf of NHS Dumfries & Galloway.

Elizabeth Marr and Clair Smith

Finalist
NHS Lanarkshire
The team have been working with three GP practices to identify patients who are either on above recommended doses of opiate painkillers or over-using their prescribed opiates, and reducing their dose to the minimum required. Meanwhile, for people whose original illness has recovered, the painkiller has been discontinued altogether, and in the last year, the service has experienced change in which patients can now self-refer.

The Superdrug Pharmacy Team

Finalist
Glenrothes
The Superdrug pharmacy team in Glenrothes have enhanced their participation in substance dependency services, supporting 50 per cent more patients in the area than they did last year, and are working to further increase this capacity to meet the demands of the local area.

The Buchanhaven Pharmacy Team

Finalist
Peterhead
Serving a very mixed demographic of individuals, Buchanhaven Pharmacy are consistent and compassionate in their provision of care to substance dependency patients. In particular, the group of three independent prescribers deliver assistance to a group of up to 36 patients.

Ken Sutherland, National Sales Manager, Ethypharm UK

The Buchanhaven Pharmacy Team

Joint Winner
Peterhead
Serving a very mixed demographic of individuals, Buchanhaven Pharmacy are consistent and compassionate in their provision of care to substance dependency patients. In particular, the group of three independent prescribers deliver assistance to a group of up to 36 patients.

Elizabeth Marr and Clair Smith

Joint Winner
NHS Lanarkshire
The team have been working with three GP practices to identify patients who are either on above recommended doses of opiate painkillers or over-using their prescribed opiates, and reducing their dose to the minimum required. Meanwhile, for people whose original illness has recovered, the painkiller has been discontinued altogether, and in the last year, the service has experienced change in which patients can now self-refer.

Student Leadership Award

Sponsored by The Pharmacists’ Defence Association


Mark Koziol, Chair, The Pharmacists’ Defence Association

Jenna Morrison

Finalist
Robert Gordon University
During her time as leader of the Pharmacy Law and Ethics Group, Jenna has adapted to the changes imposed on the workings of the group as a result of COVID-19. Recognising the need for enhanced online communication, Jenna set about transitioning their annual debate online and strengthening their utilisation of technology.

Jack Murphy

Finalist
Robert Gordon University
Jack was heavily involved in the launch of the BPSA’s annual mental health campaign at Robert Gordon University. Eager to positively interact with his fellow students and start open discussions, Jack created a platform on social media and organised a flagship event held on campus which consisted of a stall at the entrance to the university.

Dima Humoud

Finalist
University of Strathclyde
As a result of the challenges encountered this year, Dima has strengthened her potential as a decision-maker. By taking risks, she has not only improved her knowledge and skills in pharmacy, but her character and understanding of other people too.

Jennifer Pryor

Finalist
Robert Gordon University
Prior to enrolling at Robert Gordon University, Jennifer was a clinical nurse specialist in acute pain management so when the IPE society (of which she was a member of the committee) was planning the Journey of the Surgical Patient event, her input proved hugely valuable.

Sagarika Ojha

Finalist
University of Strathclyde
As the BPSA representative for the University of Strathclyde, Sagarika was at the helm of three BPSA competitions. Throughout the process, ‘lecture shout-outs’ were identified as an advantageous promotional method – in which Sagarika exercised her communication skills – while other responsibilities undertaken included booking the dispensary, emailing staff to help as volunteer patients, and allocating time slots to students.

Vivien Yu

Finalist
Robert Gordon University
This year as the vice president and now co-president of the Robert Gordon University Pharmacy Society, Vivien led the society in joining the union after decades working separately. This has allowed the society, and thus pharmacy students at the university, to access greater support and opportunities.

Mark Koziol, Chair, The Pharmacists’ Defence Association

Jennifer Pryor

Winner
Robert Gordon University
Prior to enrolling at Robert Gordon University, Jennifer was a clinical nurse specialist in acute pain management so when the IPE society (of which she was a member of the committee) was planning the Journey of the Surgical Patient event, her input proved hugely valuable.

Respiratory Project of the Year

Sponsored by Teva UK


James Dale, Sales Director, Teva UK

Bernadette Brown

Finalist
Cadham Pharmacy Health Centre, Glenrothes
Bernadette continuously works to fulfill her vision of changing the hearts and minds of the public – gaining their trust to support them to look after themselves better with their long-term health conditions in which prevention is at the heart of her thinking. Bernadette works with seven GP practices, who have all agreed that she can look after their patients with acute asthma or COPD exacerbations, and support them thereafter in their long-term management of their breathing and quality of life.

Sam Falconer

Finalist
Townhead Pharmacy, Kilwinning
Two types of respiratory clinics are run within the pharmacy. Firstly, the team perform spirometry tests to aid in the diagnosis of patients with new respiratory problems, and work closely with the specialist respiratory nurse to analyse spirometry results and initiate appropriate treatment.

The Respiratory Fast-Forward Prescribing Group

Finalist
NHS Ayrshire & Arran
It was widely recognised that pulmonary rehabilitation is the only non-pharmacological evidence-based treatment for COPD which enhances the quality of life for patients along with improvement in self-sufficiency. Therefore, it was agreed that the transformational change be directed towards the pulmonary rehabilitation resource in NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

James Dale, Sales Director, Teva UK

The Respiratory Fast-Forward Prescribing Group

Winner
NHS Ayrshire & Arran
It was widely recognised that pulmonary rehabilitation is the only non-pharmacological evidence-based treatment for COPD which enhances the quality of life for patients along with improvement in self-sufficiency. Therefore, it was agreed that the transformational change be directed towards the pulmonary rehabilitation resource in NHS Ayrshire & Arran. A work programme was devised under the sponsorship of the Respiratory Fast-Forward Prescribing Group, incorporating members of the community pharmacy and prescribing teams, a hospital pharmacist, the respiratory clinical nurse specialists, physiotherapy lead, public health representative, respiratory consultant and MCN manager. The group, chaired by a GP member with interest in respiratory, commenced implementing a comprehensive action plan to address prescribing while also acknowledging and seeking to address the need to provide support through other therapies and interventions that would benefit the patient.

Hospital Pharmacy Team of the Year

Sponsored by Ethypharm UK


Neil Peters, National Sales and Marketing Manager, Specialty Products, Ethypharm UK Ltd

Arlene Shaw and Team-Smoking Cessation Referral Pathway

Finalist
NHS Tayside
The team have significantly boosted health outcomes as a result of their involvement in the respiratory outpatients clinic at Ninewells Hospital in which the pharmacist prescribers have worked to enhance the care of patients with COPD.

The Critical Care Medicines Response Team

Finalist
NHS Lothian
The Critical Care Medicines Response Team was created rapidly in response to the predicted increase in critical care bed base from 50-to-90, with the potential to increase further, across three hospital sites during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elaine Rankine and the Education, Research and Development Team

Finalist
NHS Lothian
Through the provision of secondment opportunities, the well-established team have successfully built education, training and research capability and capacity across the pharmacy service.

The Substance Misuse Pharmacists

Finalist
NHS Grampian
Fiona Raeburn and Lucy Skea possess a combined experience of almost 30 years as specialist pharmacists in substance misuse, flying the flag for pharmacy. Their roles sit in the mental health pharmacy team but on a day-to-day basis requires multidisciplinary, multi-agency working across Grampian and nationally, from clinical teams to police, from pain to hepatology teams, and with people with lived experience in local communities.

The Surgical and Anaesthetic Clinical Pharmacy Team

Finalist
NHS Lanarkshire
The service delivered by the team is managed by two highly experienced clinical pharmacists who develop the work to critical care, surgery and orthopaedics. Three band seven pharmacists support the team and together they provide a clinical pharmacy service to acute surgical receiving, elective surgery, trauma, gynaecology and intensive care.

Neil Peters, National Sales and Marketing Manager, Specialty Products, Ethypharm UK Ltd

The Surgical and Anaesthetic Clinical Pharmacy Team

Winner
NHS Lanarkshire
The service delivered by the team is managed by two highly experienced clinical pharmacists who develop the work to critical care, surgery and orthopaedics. Three band seven pharmacists support the team and together they provide a clinical pharmacy service to acute surgical receiving, elective surgery, trauma, gynaecology and intensive care.

excellence in delivering
self-care agenda in
community pharmacy

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson


Graham Powrie, Pharmacy Account Manager, Scotland & Channel Islands, Johnson & Johnson

The Cadham Pharmacy Team

Finalist
Glenrothes
For Bernadette and the pharmacy team, focussing on the agenda of self-care has been increasingly important in these challenging times, when access to face-to-face consultations with GPs and nurses is difficult for patients. In particular, the pharmacy are committed to promoting services that will ultimately lead to a care treatment plan, which will encompass advice, purchasing product, private prescriptions and NHS treatment dispensing on the presenting complaint and long-term medical condition.

The Right Medicine Pharmacy Team

Finalist
Balintore
Serving a small village who rely on the local pharmacy, the team place great significance on focussing on the needs of the community and seeking out ways in which they can better support them. The team have pursued a number of paths for encouraging individuals to embrace self-care in light of the pandemic, such as their vitamin range promotion – identifying that securing necessary vitamin D levels during lockdown has been increasingly difficult. The display was therefore installed close to the pharmacy’s entrance, being prominent for people to see and then ask about.

The Superdrug Pharmacy Team

Finalist
Mearns Cross
The healthcare offering in Superdrug Mearns Cross was enhanced recently as part of a major store extension and refit. There is an extensive range of healthy lifestyle products available and clearly categorised to make it easy for customers to navigate and these are co-located in the designated ‘Health Hub’ area of the store where the dispensary, pharmacy counter, consulting room and nurse clinic are also located.

Graham Powrie, Pharmacy Account Manager, Scotland & Channel Islands, Johnson & Johnson

The Cadham Pharmacy Team

Winner
Glenrothes
For Bernadette and the pharmacy team, focussing on the agenda of self-care has been increasingly important in these challenging times, when access to face-to-face consultations with GPs and nurses is difficult for patients. In particular, the pharmacy are committed to promoting services that will ultimately lead to a care treatment plan, which will encompass advice, purchasing product, private prescriptions and NHS treatment dispensing on the presenting complaint and long-term medical condition.

Community Pharmacist of the Year

Sponsored by Scothealthcare.com


David Thomson, Lead Pharmacist, Community Pharmacy Development & Governance, NHSGG&C

Chrishna Goyal

Finalist
Boots Largs, NHS Ayrshire & Arran
Chrishna works to the top of his license as a community pharmacist and delivers all the services available from national and local contracts. In addition, he is an independent pharmacist prescriber and over the past five years has established a busy hypertension clinic in his community pharmacy and has developed an excellent working relationship with Brooksby Medical Practice in Largs.

Susanne Duncan

Finalist
Buchanhaven Pharmacy, NHS Grampian
Susanne is a highly experienced and established community pharmacist and has been an active independent prescriber for eight years. She has a proven track-record as an exemplary pre-registration tutor, supporting seven pre-registration pharmacists through their final year, acting as a mentor for junior pharmacists, and being valued as a trusted leader and role-model across her wider business.

Pamela Chisholm

Finalist
Rowlands Pharmacy, NHS Lothian
Pamela has been the lead pharmacist for the Lothian Palliative Care Network since May 2010, and a participant of the network since November 2000 – widely recognised for her dedicated and enthusiastic approach to her unfaltering work ethic.

Fiona McElrea

Finalist
Whithorn Pharmacy, NHS Dumfries & Galloway
Fiona has continuously expressed a focused commitment to the development of pharmaceutical care and services for patients in Wigtownshire, and beyond. She is always seeking the next thing which can enhance the patient’s relationship with their medicines; for example, she has been a driving force for the roll-out of the Chronic Medication Service in the region and an early adopter of NHS Near Me for pharmacist-led patient consultations.

David Thomson, Lead Pharmacist, Community Pharmacy Development & Governance, NHSGG&C

Fiona McElrea

Winner
Whithorn Pharmacy, NHS Dumfries & Galloway
Fiona has continuously expressed a focused commitment to the development of pharmaceutical care and services for patients in Wigtownshire, and beyond. She is always seeking the next thing which can enhance the patient’s relationship with their medicines; for example, she has been a driving force for the roll-out of the Chronic Medication Service in the region and an early adopter of NHS Near Me for pharmacist-led patient consultations.

Community Pharmacy Practice of the Year


John McAnaw, Head of Pharmacy, NHS 24, Pharmaceutical Advisor, Scottish Ambulance Service

Lochardil Pharmacy

Finalist
Inverness
The pharmacy opened in 2013 as a new contract, with the team now completing 10,000 items per month – demonstrative of the strength of their work ethic and unwavering care for patients.

Right Medicine Pharmacy

Finalist
Winchburgh
The pharmacy relocated from its former home to a brand-new unit which has not only substantially enhanced the space for dispensing, but also presented the ability to provide more patient services, with two modern consultation rooms.

Superdrug Pharmacy

Finalist
Glenrothes
Superdrug Pharmacy is long-established in the Kingdom Centre in Glenrothes – first opening its doors 21 years ago. Notably, over the past 12 months the team have flourished in their mission to improve the overall performance of the pharmacy in terms of physical layout and appearance, volume and commerciality, and, most significantly, patient care.

Superdrug Pharmacy

Finalist
Mearns Cross
The Superdrug Pharmacy in Mearns Cross is located in the Avenue Shopping Centre in Newton Mearns, and has served the local community seven days a week for over 20 years.

John McAnaw, Head of Pharmacy, NHS 24, Pharmaceutical Advisor, Scottish Ambulance Service

Lochardil Pharmacy

Winner
Inverness
The pharmacy opened in 2013 as a new contract, with the team now completing 10,000 items per month – demonstrative of the strength of their work ethic and unwavering care for patients. The pharmacy was designed with a huge dispensary and with the vision of being a modern setting, comprising two treatment rooms and four PMR systems. Both are fully equipped for all types of testing and an array of services are regularly carried out, including diabetes checks, strep throat testing, and a range of vaccinations.

Innovative Use of Technology in Community Pharmacy

Cegedim Healthcare Solutions


Adam Dennett, Commercial Director, Cegedim Healthcare Solutions

Allana Wilson

Finalist
M Farren Ltd
As a company with 14 branches, a warehouse and an office, the team recognised the value of adopting an electronic system that was easy to use from design to branch usage; fully GDPR compliant to allow them to gather and store information; and which allowed head office to have an end system that was fully auditable. Additional benefits have included the system’s utilisation of online cloud forms to collect the data, and the fact that it can be employed to create both visual and excel reports depending on what is required.

The Wellbeing Pharmacies Group

Finalist
Kirkcaldy, Fife
Identifying the merits attained from developing their own cost-effective in-house solution to the rising needs of the sector, the group approached a UK-based manufacturer to collaborate with in order to create a bespoke product specifically for their pharmacies. They also successfully applied for a Scottish Enterprise ‘By Design’ grant to support this work.

The Superdrug Pharmacy Team

Finalist
Largs
The Superdrug pharmacy app was launched primarily for use with patients in England alongside EPS. Quickly identifying the benefits to patients and GP practice colleagues, as well as the significant advantages to pharmacy operations, the decision was made to include the 10 Scottish Superdrug pharmacies in the initial roll-out.

Adam Dennett, Commercial Director, Cegedim Healthcare Solutions

The Wellbeing Pharmacies Group

Winner
Kirkcaldy, Fife
Identifying the merits attained from developing their own cost-effective in-house solution to the rising needs of the sector, the group approached a UK-based manufacturer to collaborate with in order to create a bespoke product specifically for their pharmacies. They also successfully applied for a Scottish Enterprise ‘By Design’ grant to support this work.

Lifetime Achievement Award


Professor Alison Strath, Interim Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Scottish Government

Doctor Rose Marie Parr, Former Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Scottish Government

Winner
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