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Collaborating for the Improvement of Medication Safety 

Thursday, 18 November, VIRTUAL EVENT 


This event has already happened. Watch the recordings here. 
At the 2021 edition of the Annual Meds Club community* event, we will collaboratively explore approaches to create learning health systems, as well as solutions for better medication management.
By 2024, all NHS Trust are supposed to be using electronic prescribing and medication management systems. NHS Digital and NHSx have taken great strides to encourage data standards, which enables medication-data fluidity between primary, secondary, tertiary, and community care.
The next big step for improving medication safety will be the introduction of closed-loop medication administration systems. With ever increasing amounts of data being gathered, the hope is that new clinical decision-support tools will relieve some of the cognitive burden experienced by clinicians.


*MedsClub is a community consisting of Better Meds medication management system users. The group explores best practices in medication management with the mission of going beyond electronic prescribing and national borders. MedsClub aims to become a diverse universe of thoughts and knowledge surrounding the best possible practices for patient care, making medication safety easy through sharing of good practices.

Programme (CET):  


10:00 – 10:10 CET  
Welcome greeting by the hosts

Meds Club community has celebrated its first birthday. How far have we come, and where are we going?

Tjaša Zajc@2x

Tjaša Zajc
Meds Club Community Manager

Tomi Laptoš@2x

Tomi Laptoš
Clinical Pharmacist, University Medical Centre Ljubljana

10:15 – 10:40 CET
How can computable knowledge libraries improve clinical decision-support? The case of antimicrobial prescribing.

Researchers mostly think about producing knowledge, not deploying it into clinical decision-support. A learning health system focuses on knowledge deployment into clinical decision-support tools. However, knowledge deployment is not just a technical issue; it requires governance, curation, policy, and a business model to make the system workable.    

Philip Scott@2x

Philip Scott
Reader in Health Informatics, School of Computing, University of Portsmouth

10:45 – 11:05 CET
How to ease medication reconciliation in the mental health setting with better patient collaboration

Trust and collaboration between the patient and the clinicians are critical at the point of admission. Fears and assumptions can impact the accuracy of the medication reconciliation record. What are some of the best practices to establish trust upon admission?

Adam Hamilton@2x

Adam Hamilton
Medicines Management Technician, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Alexandra Moon@2x

Lex Moon
Clinical Services Pharmacist

11:05 – 11:30 CET
Who are the main team members needed for closed-loop medication management?

With electronic prescribing becoming a normal tool in more and more NHS Trusts, the next big project will be the adoption of closed-loop medication management systems. These have proven to positively affect patient safety, but can be challenging to introduce in clinical practice. We will hear about best practices from the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Claire Tolliday@2x

Claire Tolliday
Interim CNIO and eHospital Senior Team Leader, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Patrick J. Lynch@2x

Patrick J. Lynch
Chief Pharmacist Information Officer (CPIO)

11:30 – 12:00 CET
Break with networking


12:00 – 12:30 CET

Time to engage! We will divide ourselves up into four groups in order to find answers to four questions.


  • How do you manage training complacency after ePMA updates? (Moderator: Hetty Lack, Pharmacy System Manager at Somerset Foundation NHS Trust) 
  • What are the benefits we hope to see in the future with medication digitalisation? (Moderator: Donna Smart, ePMA Senior Nurse)
  • What have we learned from the data gathered with ePMA? (Moderator: Chimene Morgan, Pharmacist Technician at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust) 
  • What is most important: design and usability, or the spectrum of functionalities covered? (Božidarka Radović, Better Meds Product Lead & Patrik Bevec, Design Lead for Clinical Applications)

12:30 – 12:50 CET
Presentation of results from the workshops
13:00 – 13:15 CET
How can the national digital medicines work support frontline services?

The NHSX Digital Medicines team works on interoperability in the medications management space, ensuring that appropriate medication standards are in place and adopted.

The team has been busy developing implementation guidance to support the transfer of medication/prescription information between systems and across care sectors using the recently published FHIR UK Core standards.

Ann Slee@2x

Ann Slee, Associate CCIO (Medicines), NHSX 

Chris OBrien@2x

Chris O'Brien, Programme Manager for Digital Medicines, NHSX


13:15 CET
Winding down with networking