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Winners' stories 2020
Celebrating excellence in hospital pharmacy.
Hospital Pharmacist of the Year
Ciara is an enthusiastic pharmacist with a passionate commitment to patient care. She has successfully led a number of pharmacy initiatives in Connolly Hospital, including the coordination of the Best-Value-Biological switch programme, implementation of the European Falsified Medicines Directive and has conducted research evaluating the impact of clinical pharmacy services using clinical, safety & financial metrics
At present, she is Pharmacy Lead of the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, working to deliver smooth rollout of the service with the highest standard of care.
Ciara was proudly nominated by her colleague James, for her prodigious & collaborative work ethic, as well as leading numerous patient safety-oriented projects at Connolly Hospital.
These have included:
- Working as a project lead for the re-designing Dispensary processes in line with the falsified medicines directive.
- Playing a leading role in patient counselling and education, counselling patients on warfarin and amiodarone therapy and in the immediate aftermath of myocardial infarction.
- Conducting a study to evaluate the impact of a ward-based clinical pharmacy service using a number of clinical, safety, and financial metrics.
Her kind, empathetic approach towards working with colleagues and putting the patient’s wellbeing at the centre of her work makes her the ideal winner of this year’s award.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Angelo Claudio Palozzo
SIFACT - Italian Society of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapy
Angelo graduated in pharmacy in 1978 at the University of Padua and specialized in hospital pharmacy at the state university of Milan, completing his clinical education in Providence (R.I. -USA) and in Barcelona- Spain. Since 1981 he worked as hospital pharmacist in Padua and was appointed director since 1991. Since 2006 he was in charge of the pharmacy of IOV (Research Oncology Institute in Padua) until he retired in 2020.
For many years he has been teaching artificial nutrition, pharmacology and oncology pharmacy at the University of Padua. He has published numerous articles reviewed in Pubmed and has been a member of regional and national public health commissions. He is currently president of the Italian Society of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapy (SIFaCT).
With multiple nominations, Mr Palozzo has been recognised for his dedicated service to hospital pharmacy, as both a dedicated director and inspirational mentor throughout his career.
He has been involved in:
- The centralisation of chemotherapy compounding.
- Building an innovative model for the management of investigational medical products.
- Founding the Oncofarma group of oncologist pharmacists, and was one of the founders of the Italian Society of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapy, of which is now the President.
“In the last twenty years Dr. Palozzo has dedicated himself to Italian oncology pharmacy, working in one of the main centers of reference. He remains a point of reference for many young and less young colleagues. He is still very active in scientific societies, passing on his enthusiasm to all those who can work alongside him.”
Rising Star Award
Anxo Fernández Ferreiro
Clinical University Hospital Santiago Compostela
Hospital pharmacist trained at the University Clinical Hospital of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain). His clinical-research career is developing at the Health Research Institute of this center, thanks to the achievement of competitive contracts financed by the Health Institute Carlos III (ISCIII) and the Galician Health Service (SERGAS).
Since joining the University Hospital of Santiago in 2010, Anxo has focused on developing research into personalised medicines for the development of ophthalmic pharmacy and achieved his Doctorate in 2015. Alongside his residency, he has:
- Achieved two masters’ degrees.
- Established pharmacotherapeutic regimes, dosage optimizations based on clinical pharmacokinetics.
- Been a sub-researcher in more than 15 phase clinical trials.
Anxo has an insatiable thirst for knowledge that has driven his career and seen him achieve a great deal of personal and professional success since joining hospital pharmacy.
He is, without doubt, deserving of this year’s Rising Star Award and it will certainly be interesting to see what achievements the coming years hold for him.
The Extra Mile Award
Manchester University Foundation Trust
Rebecca Hinton is the Lead Neonatal pharmacist who works alongside a small team of pharmacists providing highly specialised pharmacy services to the tertiary neonatal unit at St Marys Hospital in Manchester.
Rebecca has been highly commended for her flexibility in prioritising workloads, supporting and developing her team and the unrivalled compassion and commitment she brings to her role.
It is Rebecca's unquestionable commitment to supporting and developing colleagues, as well as going above and beyond to create a successful workplace, that makes her this year’s winner. On top of this, her compassion was encapsulated by a fantastic story from her nomination:
“On Christmas Eve I noticed some beautifully wrapped gifts sitting on the desk of the staff who were in on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. A colleague informed me that Rebecca had left them on behalf of the whole team as a token of our appreciation and to pass on some Christmas Cheer. That sums up her kind and thoughtful nature.”
Pharmacist Team of the Year Award
Singleton Hospital Pharmacy-led Venous ThromboEmbolism (VTE) and Cancer Associated Thrombosis (CAT) Service
Swansea Bay University Health Board
From left to right:
Olivia Rees, Sophie Croucher, Kieron Power, Harriet Price and David Connell.
The Singleton Hospital Pharmacy-led VTE clinic has been operating since 2014, and has evolved so that pharmacists now diagnose and treat patients with DVT’s independently. Over the past three years a major focus for the service has been exploring methods of improving the care of patients with cancer associated thrombosis (CAT)”.
This dedicated team identified an unmet patient in that one-in-five cancer patients will develop a venous thromboembolism during their cancer journey, yet studies have indicated that these patients are not given enough support to feel empowered to manage their condition independently, and are often left feeling quite anxious.
The team responded by establishing a Cancer Associated Thrombosis (CAT) clinic, introducing a consistent system of ensuring suitable clinical suitability, monitoring schedules and patient education to drive improvements in the service patients receive.
The teams’ pro-active approach to improving patient care has led to truly impactful results for patients and embodies what a collaborative, successful pharmacy team looks like.
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