‘It is through making full use of the clinical capacity in community pharmacy that real gains in clinical care can be made. It is also where the community pharmacist’s contribution to multidisciplinary team working takes its place to open up access to primary care for everyone and reduce workload at GP practices and other local healthcare services.’
In her recently-published document Achieving Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care, the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Dr Rose Marie Parr, made it clear that collaboration within Scottish healthcare would bring the greatest benefit to patients. Whether that collaboration was with GPs, with district nurses, with physiotherapy teams or with other healthcare professionals was not specified, but what was clear was that it was pharmaceutical care carried out in partnership that would lead to optimal healthcare outcomes.
This new award is designed to recognise pharmacy teams which have worked in partnership with other healthcare professionals, regardless of the particular strand of healthcare involved.
WHO CAN ENTER?
This category is open to all pharmacy teams - either independent or chain - which can clearly demonstrate a successful track record of working closely in collaboration with other healthcare teams and which can provide illustrative evidence of doing so.
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 performance being measured and bench marked, and some evaluation of project's success.
JUDGES WILL BE LOOKING FOR:
The judges will be looking for pharmacy teams which have not only teamwork, but also collaboration at the heart of their business, with staff members who actively encourage and support each other, and who seek opportunities outside of the pharmacy walls to improve patient care.
This teamwork will be evident in the examples put forward of good practice, which clearly highlight the benefits to patients in the local community.
In particular, the judges will be looking for clearly-defined, well-evidenced examples of initiatives and projects, which not only showcase the collaborative nature of the work involved, but which clearly illustrate the vital role played by team collaboration and integrated working.
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