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Pharmacy staff pitch their ideas to expert 'Dragons’ Den' panel

An event held on Tuesday at the Nowgen Centre saw our Pharmacy staff  pitch ideas about how to improve service delivery to a specially-selected panel of 'Dragons'.

The competition, which was run in conjunction with Pfizer Ltd, saw project leads explain their ideas to the Dragons Den, comprising of eight Senior Leaders & Directors from our Trust, South Manchester and Sheffield Hospitals as well as from Pfizer. The event also included an exhibition displaying all ideas and concepts put forward by each competitor.

The brief for staff was to create a one-page summary of development projects that will deliver sustained service improvements for patients and colleagues throughout the Trust. Each summary includes: the case for action, delivery plan, key milestones and expected outcomes.

After assessing the summaries and exhibition stands, the Dragons discussed all 15 projects in a closed session, and identified a select few to discuss in greater depth with the project authors. At these later sessions they deconstructed the project plans and identified potential areas for improvement, which will ultimately increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.

Dave Pearson, one of the Dragons, and Divisional Director for the Trust's Clinical and Scientific Services Division, said: "This is a fantastic programme which will lead to real improvements to the Pharmacy Service for our patients. The programme will equip team members with new skills and competencies which will be of benefit for years to come."

The Dragons:Dragons Den

Lee Bond - Director of Finance, CMFT
David Pearson - Divisional Director - Clinical & Scientific Services, CMFT
Susan Webster - Public Governor, CMFT
Charlotte Skitterall - Director of Pharmacy, University Hospitals South Manchester Foundation Trust
Damien Childs - Director of Pharmacy, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust
Anthony Leon - Non-executive Director, CMFT

Pfizer Ltd
Howard Tebby - Hospital Business Development Team Leader.
Geoff Rolleson - Programme Director
Susan Donaldson - Regional Account Director

The Projects:

Streamlining the patient admission process with respect to medicines

Band 6 pharmacists Dragons Den Project - summary page

Childrens Childrens Pharmacy Improvement Project

Enhanced Pre Registration Student Technician Training

Eye Can See Clearly Now

Improved Workflow for the Administration Team

Improving Pharmaceutical Care and Medicines Communication

Improving the Efficiency of the Dispensing Process in the Inpatient Dispensary

Improving Workflow and Reducing Waiting Times for Outpatients

Medical Gases Centre of Excellence

Optimising Pre-operative drug management in elective surgical patients

Pharmacy Night Shift

Returns & Recycling

Rotational Communication

Streamlining IM&T Projects