A very successful innovation workshop was held to identify opportunities in pharmacy. Fresh thinking and a structured approach to innovation development for hospital pharmacy produced a number of strategic opportunities as well as at least one quick win (i.e. feasible in the short term).
Areas where innovation opportunities were identified included:
- reducing or eliminating duplicate ordering of medicines from the wards, which produces considerable medicines waste when patients are discharged
- improving the ability of patients to manage their own medicines regime, with support programmes, and with the end goal to reduce medicines waste from patients not completing the course of medication, one outcome of which can be recurrence or hospital readmission
- improving the market entry process for new medicines.