The 24th HSRPP conference was hosted by the University of Newcastle and held on April 12th and 13th 2018. The conference theme was ‘Innovative Healthcare in the 21st Century: Providing smarter, safer and patient-centred health services’. This year’s event provided an excellent opportunity for delegates to disseminate research, share best practice, network with colleagues and refresh clinical knowledge.
The conference attracted leading and renowned speakers from other health professions to present on matters relevant to pharmacy, including Paul Little, Professor of Primary Care Research within Medicine at the University of Southampton. His presentation covered his research journey in managing infections, that has taken him from ear infections in Nepal to killer bugs. Paul demonstrated the benefits of delayed antibiotic prescriptions and evidence on the best ways to carry them out. The presentation was useful and pertinent to today’s healthcare challenge, through its description of how health professionals should approach patients when discussing why not to use antibiotics in minor ailments.
Ann Slee and Neil Watson, Director of Pharmacy at Newcastle Hospitals presented on “Digital Medicines Optimisation – Delivering the Future”, which highlighted the need for a successful digital strategy that is multi-faceted and based on workforce development. They emphasised that an e-prescribing system alone will not guarantee success, as practice needs to both invest in the system and work to optimise it. Focus must be placed on the common core deliverables rather than bespoke systems if the digital future is to be re-imagined in terms of process, technology and the workforce. The presentation concluded with the proposition that the future of healthcare needs policy partnering with practice to deliver for patients.
Dr Aziz Sheikh, Director of the Usher Institute and Professor of Primary Care Research at the University of Edinburgh, presented his keynote speech on “WHO’s Third Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication without harm”. Aziz highlighted how WHO intended to achieve their aim of reducing the level of severe, avoidable harm related to medications by 50% over 5 years through focusing on high-risk situations, polypharmacy and transitions of care. He concluded that considerable progress has been made in understanding the risks associated with acute care provision and how to enhance the safety of care – particularly in relation to the safety of medication.
The event was a great success, with delegates welcoming the opportunity to meet emerging and experienced researchers and obtain a greater insight into what is happening within the profession. The parallel presentation streams on offer were appreciated, as they enabled the attendees to choose sessions that were related to their practice. Delegates were not the only ones to benefit from attending HSRPP – as speakers were given the chance to share their research or practice and be constructively appraised by their peers. Presenting is a valuable way of receiving feedback on a project and connecting with people who have similar interests and it was a pleasure to listen to so many interesting pieces of research that have been undertaken in the field.
All in all, this year’s HSRPP enabled delegates and presenters to feel energised after connecting with the vision of the wider profession, and attendees came away from HSRPP feeling enthused and inspired. PRUK were delighted to see many of our researchers presenting on their PRUK funded projects, including Sion Scott, Edwin Panford Quainoo and Elizabeth Miller as well as project grant recipient Bryony Dean Franklin who presented on “Medication in the 21st Century.” Her keynote speech showcased her PRUK funded project that will assess what healthcare professionals should be recommending in relation to patient held information about medication as well, as what current forms of PHIMed exist.
The knowledge gained and the stimulating dialogues that took place at the conference will provide a lasting resource which delegates will draw on now they have returned to their places of work and study, thus spreading the impact of this important event.
We look forward to seeing you all again next year! Stay tuned for announcements on HSRPP 2019 which will be held at Birmingham University.
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