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24th May 2023 – 12.45 – 13.45pm

SMRs in patients with active Cancer.

Emma Foreman is a Consultant Pharmacist at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and a newly appointed Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. She will help us to consider how best to perform medication reviews empathetically in people with active malignancies, always a tricky subject.

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Pharmacy Technicians in Primary Care

19th April 12.45 – 13.45pm

Michelle Phillips, Senior Pharmacy Technician, at Living Well PCN outlined how pharmacy technicians are fully utilised within a large PCN Pharmacy team in Hampshire.

Kerry Street is Lead Pharmacist – Education, Training & Safety and Dorset Pharmacy Workforce Faculty Lead. She talked to us about her fascinating research in the role of ‘clinical’ pharmacy technicians a PCN setting.

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TAILOR project: Deprescribing medicines in older people living with multimorbidity and polypharmacy

15th March 2023 – 12.45 – 13.45pm

Dr Joanne Reeve is a Consultant in Primary Care Medicine and Professor of Primary Care Research at Hull York Medical School.

She recently led a massive Health Technology Assessment synthesising the research literature to help understand how best to support deprescribing in older people living with multimorbidity and polypharmacy.

She shared her team’s insights about the need to support structured approaches to deprescribing and highlighted the need to integrate patient-centred and contextual factors into best practice models.

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ACBS listed nutrition products – we can think about them as basically the same can’t we

15th February 2023 – 12.45 – 13.45pm

Alison Smith is a Prescribing Support Consultant Dietitian and Chair of the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances (ACBS).

She has worked closely with PrescQIPP for a number of years on enteral nutrition and talked about all things related to Medicines Optimisation and Nutrition Prescribing. We also invited Will Slocombe-Morency from Jurassic Coast PCN who presented on SMR automated bookings.

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Appropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medication in dementia

18th January 2023 – 12.45 – 13.45pm

Delia Bishara, Consultant Pharmacist in Mental Health of Older Adults & Dementia from South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, has recently been involved in the development of an excellent new resource about the appropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medication in dementia. She helped us navigate this difficult therapeutic area, using real cases to apply the guidance.

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PrescQIPP Annual Award projects relevant to primary care

14th December 2022 – 12.45 – 13.45pm

We heard about two great MO projects that should make you stop, think and refocus.

Rachel Howatson, Senior CVD Pharmacist for SE London, talked about a quality and safety audit of direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) prescribing and monitoring. She covered its impact on patient safety outcomes alongside remodelling of SEL interface pathways for DOAC patients, local DOAC prescribing guidance for the ICS and DOAC monitoring process development.

Caryn Chan, Medicines Optimisation Pharmacist NECS, told us about a novel risk assessment tool CATALYST which identifies patients with an inaccurate label of penicillin allergy for de-labelling without direct oral penicillin challenge in primary care.

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Taming the structured medication review! A multidisciplinary approach to polypharmacy

30th November 2022 – 12.45 – 13.45pm

We welcomed Professor Emma Baker, Professor/Consultant in Clinical Pharmacology and Consultant Physician St George’s Hospital, London, specialising in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

She leads a polypharmacy specialist service in South West London, with the aim of enabling better medication reviews across the whole integrated care system.

Emma talked to us about how she and her team approached the challenges of structured medication reviews, including taking a risk:benefit approach to deprescribing, having complex conversations with patients and when to ask for help.

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Doing wrong things righter – and other traps in primary care

19th October 2022 – 12.45 – 13.45pm

We welcomed Jamie Hayes, Director of the Welsh Medicines Resource Centre and Executive Coach.

Not enough time to do thorough job? Are you seduced by your clinical workload? Do you treat all demand as work?

These are traps that can be overwhelming, stealing your time and your energy. By taking systems view and learning how to listen to, identify and analyse the demand faced by you and your teams, there is an opportunity for you to be more effective.

By identifying value demand and removing failure demand you and your teams can concentrate on what matters, making work more rewarding, energising and impactful. The importance of focusing our time, effort and energy on providing the most professional value is crucial during these times of high staff vacancies and low staff morale.

For this session Jamie explored the application of systems thinking, organisational health, and the efficiency-thoroughness trade off.

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Managing Analgesic Reviews in people without capacity / NICE guidance on dependence forming medicines (DFM)

28th September 2022 – 12.45 – 13.45pm

By popular demand Emma Davies, Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner in Pain Management , Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, was back to give us more practical advice on how to undertake SMRs in patients with either no capacity, or/and on dependence forming medicines.

Emma was the pharmacist representative on the NICE DFM guidance and has a wealth of Pain management experience.

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Hypertension management across your locality

17th August 2022 – 12.45 – 13.45pm

Alison Warren Consultant Pharmacist Cardiology at University Hospitals Sussex (Brighton) and Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups brought us up to date about the latest NICE update on Hypertension and made us think how to work collaboratively to help reduce cardiovascular burdens across our local populations.

Alison was the pharmacist representative on the NICE Hypertension guideline committee so really knew what she was talking about.

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