Professor Mike Scott (Director of the Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre in Antrim) will demonstrate medicines optimisation tools at the University Clinic Carl Gustav Carus in Dresden, on May 18. In collaboration with Rob Brenninkmeijer he focusses on STEPSelect as a clinician driven procurement tool and EPICS. Host at the university clinic is Julia Lämmel, leading antimicrobial pharmacist of the Clinic Carl Gustav Carus.
The Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre is the Highly Commended winner in the Innovation Category at the Healthcare Awards 2016. The awards set out to recognise and reward best practice in the wider healthcare sector, with categories spanning medicine, nursing, community care, dentistry, research and a number of other areas.
Simon Hamilton, Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety of Northern Ireland, visited the new Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre in Antrim, on 4 February.
The MOIC is the new regional centre for best practice in the use of medicines. During this visit Hamilton was introduced to the Digitalis programme STEPSelect and described it as 'excellent'.
Medicines are the most common intervention in healthcare. The increasing population of older citizens, who often have several co-morbidities, necessitates the use of numerous medications. This in turn presents a range of challenges with regards to medicines optimisation. The event NICH EcosystemMeeting ‘Medicines Adherence’ aimed to explore what health professionals, pharmacists, patients and industry can do to combat this growing challenge.
On the Third Pharmacy Management National Forum the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing and Digitalis MM presented their collaborative projects on medicines management and optimisation. Prof. Michael Scott and Cathy Harrison (both NI) presented a satellite session on EIP. Rob Brenninkmeijer and Frans van Andel (both Digitalis) presented the poster ‘Pharmaceutical Clinical Effectiveness Programme: The Role of STEPSelect’ and the collaboration with Antrim Area Hospital (NI).
The Ministry of Health in Warsaw was the location of the special seminar ‘Integrated Medicines Management’ on 31 October 2014. Subject was the development of IMM and STEPSelect in Northern Ireland and its relevance for Poland. Speakers: Frans van Andel, Rob Brenninkmeijer (Digitalis), Michael Scott (Northern Health and Social Care Trust and Artur Falek (Director of Drug Policy and Pharmacy Department). Want to know what they talked about? For slideshows and video’s: http://bit.ly/stepselectpoland
Digitalis has been successfully collaborating with the Northern Health and Social Trust (NHSCT), Northern Ireland since 2009. The NHCST is one of the five Health Care Authority in Northern Ireland providing health and social care for a population of 1.8 million persons.
The European Commission has awarded Northern Ireland the maximum of three stars as reference site for Active & Healthy Ageing. This recognition of best practice is based on the way in which older people are treated by integrated healthcare teams and integrated medicines management (IMM) to improve their health status and quality of life.
Systems that promote quality and safety in healthcare result in improvements and efficiency, according to experts at a recent conference in Northern Ireland.