As its name suggests, the Innovation in Pharmacy Practice Award’s principal aim is to reward any form of innovative practice in today’s pharmacy. That broad remit could include innovation in the use of technology to promote quality, safety and efficiency in community pharmacy; the development of an innovative project which benefits patients; or innovative collaboration with other healthcare support teams.
‘eHealth can benefit citizens, patients, health and care professionals but also health organisations and public authorities. eHealth - when applied effectively - delivers more personalised ‘citizen-centric’ healthcare, which is more targeted, effective and efficient and helps reduce errors, as well as the length of hospitalisation. It facilitates socio-economic inclusion and equality, quality of life and patient empowerment through greater transparency, access to services and information and the use of social media for health’… European Union eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020.
As such, the judging panel will be looking for any form of innovative work or practice that produced positive outcomes for patients.
WHO CAN ENTER?
This award is open to all pharmacists and their teams, who have embraced innovative practice with the aim of improving the delivery of pharmaceutical care, promoting patient safety, and improving efficiency.
All entries will be judged by an independent panel of experts.
GENERAL AWARDS CRITERIA
Enthusiasm and commitment to the enhancement of community pharmacy in Scotland
Exceptional quality above and beyond what is expected
An ability to overcome challenges in pursuit of goals
Evidence of how performance was measured and benchmarked in addition to proof of project success/improved patient outcomes.
JUDGES WILL BE LOOKING FOR:
Activities that may involve pioneering new technology/eHealth models or systems that will reinforce pharmacists’ impact as members of the healthcare team in general and will improve patient safety and outcomes in particular.
Evidence of the development of a project, system or innovative way of working that can be used in community pharmacy, which will directly impact patient care and will provide a template for use throughout the profession.
Proof of measurable benefits of any model, system or initiative. As such, statistics will be required, which will clearly evidence any added value, benefit, or productivity increase created by the adoption of the new system, practice or tool. Where possible, financial data should also be provided, such as percentages, ratios and graphic images, to back up evidence of improved patient outcomes.
HOW TO ENTER
If you enter more than category you must complete a separate application form for each category.
Complete all fields within application, including a photograph and list of local newspapers
Send a maximum of six photographs along with any additional material to support your application.
AT LEAST ONE GOOD QUALITY PHOTOGRAPH MUST BE INCLUDED OR APPLICATION CANNOT BE ACCEPTED