Lead Enhanced Recovery Pharmacist first to win prestigious NICE scholarship
Neetu Bansal, our Lead Enhanced
Recovery Surgical Pharmacist, has been appointed as one of NICE's
2014-15 scholars - the first pharmacist in the UK to be accepted on
As part of the prestigious Scholarship, she is expected to
attend a series of workshops and master classes, which provide
content such as NICE methodology, implementation science and other
transferable skills such as influencing.
NICE Scholarships are one-year opportunities typically awarded
to qualified health and social care professionals to find out about
the inner workings of NICE and undertake a supported improvement
project, related to NICE guidance, within their local organisation.
NICE aim to appoint ten scholars each year across the country.
The relationships formed with NICE staff and other Fellows and
Scholars are often of value far beyond the Scholarship project -
relationships which will be strengthened at the NICE Conference due
to be held in Birmingham in May.
Through active participation in the scheme, Neetu will also be
better able to understand healthcare regulatory issues and become
skilled in driving a quality improvement change agenda both locally
As the Lead Enhanced Recovery pharmacist at Central Manchester
University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Neetu's role involves
working strategically and in collaboration with various members of
the multidisciplinary team to implement enhanced recovery pathways
within different surgical specialities.
The overall aim is to improve patient outcomes and patient
experience with an evidence-based approach to patient care. The
enhanced recovery partnership programme fully supports strategies
such as maintaining good pre-operative hydration, carbohydrate
loading to reduce the fasting period, peri-operatively
individualised goal directed therapy, surgical antibiotic
prophylaxis, appropriate venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis
and optimal analgesia.
The benefits of enhanced recovery pathways to improve patient
outcomes is fully supported by the enhanced recovery partnership
programme between the Department of Health, NHS Improvement and
National Cancer Action Plan.
Neetu said: "As a NICE scholar, I propose to undertake a
supported improvement project demonstrating the positive impact
pharmacists can make in optimising medicines use and improving
patient safety by the implementation of various NICE guidance and
quality standards along enhanced recovery pathways.
"These include medicines reconciliation on transfer of care
between settings, reducing surgical sites infections, VTE
prevention, promoting medicines adherence with the patient-centred
'No decision about me without me' approach, and medicines
optimisation helping to reduce surgery cancellations,
post-operative complications, length of stay and readmissions.
"Through participation in the NICE scholarship programme, I aim
to demonstrate the associated productivity and efficiency gains
that can be realised along enhanced recovery pathways, and to
derive shareable lessons to improve the quality of patient care