Improving health depends on the accurate and accessible communication of advances in science and the effectiveness of its implementation in community and curative medical services. Today the health practitioner and medical scientist have many new opportunities for publication, but at the same time are facing new issues in publication. These include open access publishing, industry sponsorship, academic elitism, subtle censorship pressures and issues of research and implementation ethics. In this workshop we will discuss changes in publishing, the selection of an appropriate journal, structuring your research to maximise publishing opportunities and preparing an acceptable manuscript. A good paper begins with a quality research project or proposal for a systematic review. When preparing a research program papers and authorship are an important component of the protocol. Data is then managed to ensure that it is accurate and complete to facilitate publication. Key words require careful selection as they determine whether the paper will be found by contemporary databases. They are included as often as possible in the title, abstract and main text. The text of an article follows the standard format used by most journals of ‘review, methodology, results and discussion’. Variations from this format are usually rejected by editors. Other common reasons for rejection include sample size and selection, ethics and poor statistical analysis. Traditional print journals run by learned societies are under increasing challenge from ‘for- profit companies’ and newer formats. The workshop will discuss maximising your publications in this changing environment.
Emergency Medicine (EM) pharmacy practice is a diverse, interesting and really fun area. Have you ever wondered what exactly does an EM pharmacist do? EM pharmacists are involved in pharmaceutical care to patients who are admitted to hospital but also to those who are discharged back to the community. Best possible medication history; identification of medicine related problems contributing to the ED presentation; identifying and reporting adverse drug reactions, discharge planning services and even resuscitations are all areas where the pharmacist can get involved.
There are so many benefits of an EM pharmacy service including (described in the SHPA Standards of Practice in Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Practice):
• improved healthcare outcomes for patients as a result of early medication reconciliation, medication order and clinical review
• increased awareness of medicine-related issues among ED staff
• liaison between emergency, pharmacy and other inpatient departments on medicine-related issues
• timely supply and review of specialised medicines
• improved communication between the ED and external services, eg warfarin monitoring services, residential care facilities and community pharmacies.
During this workshop, you will have a chance to practice as the EM pharmacist in the ‘SHPA Emergency Department’. In this virtual ED you will have to work through the department. Which patients will you choose to see? Can you recognise the patients with medication misadventure? Who should you see first? What interventions can you make to optimise medicines management?
Come and join this fun and interactive workshop, and hear from some EM pharmacists, before we put you to work throwing around lots of ED cases.
We all know social media is now a part of daily life. But have you ever wondered how to use it for good in a professional space or connect with others who share your work passions? Join Helen Bevan, Chief of Service Transformation from the NHS (UK) via webinar to learn how to connect with others across the world in 140 characters or less. Twitter is more than just emojis and hashtags, it can be a tool to find people to share ideas and network with. Twitter’s power also will demonstrate how you can create and sustain transformational change and to avoid digital mishaps. (Please note: Participants should create a Twitter account prior to attending this workshop – see https://support.twitter.com/articles/100990).
As a pharmacy leader, your ability to raise capital, implement new services, and add additional FTEs will be crucial to your position. In order to be successful at these tasks it will be essential to have an elevator pitch ready. An “elevator pitch” is a summarization of your business plan that can be communicated to a person while traveling between floors in an elevator. Given the short amount of time one has to deliver this message, the elevator pitch must be concise and communicated clearly. In the workshop we will provide tips to assist in developing, practicing and delivering your elevator pitch successfully.
Do you have a great idea for developing a new pharmacy service and want to learn how to make it see the light of day? Perhaps your multiple attempts to convince “the powers that be” that your initiative is worthy of investment have been unsuccessful? Discover that there is more to a successful business case than meets the eye during this valuable workshop.
Our experienced and inspiring facilitators will delve into the art of the pitch, a critical element to maximising your chances of success, as well as providing insight into the work underway to develop a business case toolkit, a concept cultivated during the SHPA Future Summit held in July this year. The session will also give delegates the unique opportunity to workshop a pitch, culminating in several groups having the opportunity to present in a “Shark-Tank” style to our experienced facilitators.
An opportunity for you to interact and openly discuss the challenges faced in medication safety, and the key principles of how medication safety can be measured within the hospital setting. We will discuss the 5 attributes of a High Reliability Organisation (HRO), and consider examples of behaviours that we should all adopt to actually practice the attributes.