Response to medication harm reports

Janice Perkins FRPharmS, Chair of the Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group, has issued a statement responding to Jeremy Hunt's recommendations for a programme of work to tackle medication error and improve medicine safety. "Whilst undoubtedly distressing, the findings of today’s reports into medication error re-enforce the importance that every part of the health and care system … Continue reading Response to medication harm reports

Safer dispensing

Some of the MSOs on the Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group have been working closely with a collaborative of Academic Health Science Networks in the North West on a project which aims to improve the safety of medication dispensing in primary care by combining human factors and quality improvement sciences. The project uses the ‘Training … Continue reading Safer dispensing

Safer delivery of medicines

Most community pharmacies already offer secure medication delivery services to patients in their homes, especially for older or more vulnerable patients. As many pharmacies have reported significant increases in requests for these services from patients and their families, the community pharmacy Patient Safety Group felt that this was an important focus area for improvement across … Continue reading Safer delivery of medicines

Safety culture survey

In early 2016, we ran an anonymous survey for all community pharmacy staff across the country to gather views on current patient safety incident reporting and learning processes in place. Patient safety is a fundamental consideration for all frontline health professionals and their employers and the community pharmacy representative bodies are committed to keeping a focus … Continue reading Safety culture survey