Advanced Pharmacist – Governance, Improvement and Transformation, Neath Port Talbot Hospital, Swansea Bay University Health Board
Having spent the initial years of his career in the acute sector, Rhys Howell moved into primary care, gaining significant experience as a pharmaceutical advisor prior to acquiring his current role as an Advanced Pharmacist in Governance, Improvement and Transformation. Although Rhys is predominantly involved in controlled drug governance through his role in supporting the Controlled Drug Accountable Officer, he also has a particular interest in the application of Prudent Healthcare Principles through innovation and is a successful Bevan Commission Innovation Exemplar and Fellow.
Rhys will present Prudent Medicines Management in Care Homes – a bottom-up approach.
The Medicines Management team at Swansea Bay University Health Board have employed a number of different interventions over many years to deliver improvements in medicines management within care homes. Learning to date suggests that there is a widespread need to support care homes with fundamental medicines management principles and, in particular, medication ordering. Our theory: that it is more prudent to target resources in a ‘bottom-up’ approach by focusing on establishing a solid foundation of good medicines management in care homes from which to build more advanced clinical pharmaceutical support rather than the other way around. This presentation will describe our journey to date and our aspirations for the future.