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EJHP launches podcasts

12 Apr, 13 | by BMJ

In a new initiative for the journal, EJHP is now publishing podcasts. The first set were recorded at the 18th EAHP Congress in Paris, and include a selection of interviews with speakers from the Congress. In an introductory podcast Phil Wiffen, editor in chief of EJHP, explains the thinking behind the podcasts, outlines the direction the journal is heading in and encourages those thinking of writing for the Journal to contact him.

One of the keynotes at the Congress, on the topic of multidisciplinary teams, was given by Dr Fiona Reynolds (pediatric intensivist and deputy chief medical officer at Birmingham Children’s Hospital) and in a podcast interview she discusses how a multidisciplinary team can be set up, how it can work in practice and what benefits it can bring to hospital pharmacy. In another podcast Joanna Correa West, medicines management nurse from Birmingham Children’s Hospital Foundation Trust considers how hospital pharmacists and nurses can work better together and ways in which they can help and support each other.

Following on from their seminar at the Congress entitled ‘Team challenges in cancer: from cytotoxics to supportive care’ Jørn Herrstedt, professor in clinical oncology, Odense University Hospital, Denmark, and João Oliveira, medical director, Instituto Portugues de Oncologia, Lisbon, share their thoughts about oncology pharmacy, improving patient safety and the role pharmacists can have in supportive care. Medication errors occur in all health settings, but there is particular vulnerability at the interface between care settings, especially at the time of admission to hospital. In an interview Jean-Hughes Dalle (professor in pediatrics, Robert-Debré Hospital, Paris) Julie Rouprêt-Serzec (clinical pharmacist, Robert-Debré Hospital) and Anthony Sinclair (director of pharmacy, Birmingham Children’s Hospital) share their thoughts  about how to improve patient safety in this area.

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