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And the winners are . . .

Nadia Attura

Care awards winner 2014

Carmel Darcy (left), consultant pharmacist for older people, and Ruth Miller, lead pharmacist for research and clinical trials, at Western Health and Social Care Trust, receive their award from Nick Lowen, commercial director for GlaxoSmithKline

A team of pharmacists in Derry, Northern Ireland, has won this year’s Pharmaceutical Care Award for research into pharmaceutical care in an intermediate healthcare setting.

The winning team, selected by a panel of judges, developed a care pathway for elderly people discharged from an acute hospital into an intermediate care hospital, where patients are supported to regain independence. Both hospitals are part of the Western Health and Social Care Trust. A consultant pharmacist managed each patient until they were discharged back into the community and for at least 30 days afterwards.

The six finalists presented their projects to an audience gathered at the Royal Institution in London on Thursday evening (19 June 2014). The audience was then asked to vote on which project they thought would be most capable of being replicated elsewhere. The winner, a team from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which serves Northumberland and North Tyneside, designed a care home medicines optimisation service that involved residents and their families in decisions about medicines.

The Pharmaceutical Care Awards are organised jointly by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Pharmaceutical Journal, with support from GlaxoSmithKline.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.20065484

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