Dr Tracey Boyce
Director of Pharmacy and Medicines Management, Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland
Tracey Boyce has been the Director of Pharmacy and Medicines Management in the Southern Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust since January 2006, managing 170 staff across two pharmacies, which provide services to all Trust hospitals and community facilities. In 2014, Tracey took on additional responsibilities, coordinating Governance in the Trust’s Acute Services Directorate and also participating in the Trust’s Assistant Director on-call rota and the Acute Operational rota, taking her turn to assist with the management of the Trust’s two acute hospitals. In November 2016, Tracey was made a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society. Prior to her current post, Tracey led the development the newly-formed Northern Ireland Medicines Governance Team. The team of six senior hospital pharmacists works to improve medication related patient safety. In 2004, the team won the UK Health Service Journal Award for Patient Safety and, in 2006, Tracey completed a Doctor of Pharmacy Practice in risk management and patient safety.
‘Developing the role of a discharge pharmacist – the ups and downs of a new service’
The presentation will cover the development of the discharge pharmacist prescribing service in the Southern HSC Trust. The areas covered will include how the service was funded and the human resource challenges faced with the introduction of the service. It will also cover the different models that were tested during the introduction of the discharge pharmacist service and the data collection methods used to measure its success. As always, nothing goes as smoothly as planned, so the presentation will discuss the challenges and frustrations faced along the way. The presentation will finish with outcome data and the next steps planned for the Southern HSC Trust discharge pharmacist service going forward.