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EAHP launch search for good practice initiatives

1 May, 13 | by kuppell

The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) has launched a search for examples of successful European initiatives to improve hospital pharmacy practice. The exercise is part of a project led by the EAHP Scientific Committee to create an inventory map of good practice initiatives, which they hope will provide practical support and inspiration for hospital pharmacists in EAHP member countries to embark on fresh improvement projects of their own.

The EAHP says a good practice initiative is any service improvement or innovation in hospital pharmacy conducted in the past ten years that has the possibility of transfer to other hospital pharmacy settings in Europe and encourage hospital pharmacists to take part.

Launching the exercise, Prof. Dr. Cees Neef, Chairman of the EAHP Scientific Committee, said: ‘By creating a European map of completed service development initiatives, we believe we can go some way to inspiring the next generation of innovation and improvement in hospital pharmacy across the continent. We hope all hospital pharmacies that have implemented change and improvement in the past ten years will give consideration to making a short submission for inclusion and help to build an open and accessible database of lasting value in terms of both developing new services, and enhancing the quality and safety of existing services.’

Two examples of good practice initiatives can be found on the EAHP website, one relating to a pharmacogenetics education programme in Leiden, and another a parenteral drug compounding initiative in Maastricht. The EAHP says that all examples of good practice initiatives submitted will be considered for inclusion in the inventory map, although some category areas hospital pharmacists may wish to consider include: 

  • clinical pharmacy and other HP role development 
  • clinical trials and research 
  • communication and leadership 
  • compounding/medicines production
  • education and training  
  • inter-professional and inter-sector collaboration 
  • patient safety 
  • pharmacotherapy 
  • process improvement
  • procurement, logistics and distribution 
  • resource management
  • use of technology  

The EAHP requests that initial submissions be made via their website ( by close of Friday 7th June 2013. 


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