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Harlow pharmacist selected for national initiative

News / Sat 25th Jul 2015 pm31 05:27pm

PharmacistWEST Essex Chief Pharmacist selected to be part of national quality improvement initiative
Anurita Rohilla, Chief Pharmacist at NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (WECCG) and Epping Forest resident, is to join a ground-breaking new initiative to improve the quality of care for patients in the NHS following a successful selection process.

The Q initiative, run by independent healthcare charity the Health Foundation together with NHS England, will connect people dedicated to improving the quality of care across the UK.
The initiative will make it easier for people from all parts of the health system with expertise in quality improvement to share ideas, enhance their skills and introduce changes to make care better for patients.

In her role at NHS WECCG, Anurita works closely with hospitals, community teams, pharmacies, GP practices and care homes across west Essex to promote safe and effective use of medicines.

Most recently, Anurita has led work with every care home in west Essex to support them with safe prescribing, dispensing, administration and monitoring of medication for their residents.

Involvement in this initiative will mean working with colleagues from across the UK to design and pilot new initiatives, supporting local health and professionals to put quality improvements into practice to improve patient care.

On being selected Anurita said: “It’s very exciting to be part of the Q initiative given the opportunity it presents to learn and share ideas with local and national partners to improve care for people in west Essex.

“The programme will further enhance the work we’re already doing to encourage people to take control of their medication by understanding what it is for, how to use it, what the possible side effects are and who to approach for support if they need it.

“I’m looking forward to working with professionals over the next 12 months to find new ways of working, wherever they are needed, to ensure patients in west Essex experience high quality and effective pharmaceutical care.”

Anurita is one of 231 people in the founding cohort of Q – from frontline clinicians, managers and researchers to policy makers and patient leaders.

Anurita will join the first participants, who will design, refine and test Q during 2015. The initiative will then launch more widely in 2016, with an aim to recruit 5,000 participants by 2020.

Penny Pereira, Assistant Director of Strategy at the Health Foundation, said: “We want to ensure the design of Q meets the needs of those working to improve care in the NHS. 
The overall ambition is to make sure organisations are easily able to tap into the best ideas from across the UK and beyond.

Dr Mike Durkin, Director of Patient Safety at NHS England, said: “Q will boost the skills of its individual participants, but also encourage a nurturing of talent and sharing of innovation and passion that will be vital as we build the capacity and capability of quality and safety improvement science across the NHS.”

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