Delivering better value for money on hospital drug spend
Advancing the Role of the Pharmacy Technician and Delivering Better Value for Money on Hospital Drug Spend, Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown
A Senior Pharmacy Technician was employed on a specified purpose contract for a 12-month proof-of-concept period to demonstrate the savings that could be made from a targeted 'purchasing-for-quality' approach to drug procurement.
How it worked
The Senior Pharmacy Technician worked closely with the Chief Pharmacist to identify and prioritise elements of the drug budget appropriate for targeted work. They then defined the appropriate criteria for assessing drugs, for example licensing status, medication safety features, lead times, continuity of supply, vendor reputation, and price.
A scoring tool was then developed, assigning
The role of the Pharmacy Technician in Ireland has been relatively underdeveloped until now, particularly when compared with the United Kingdom. This means that the particular skills and expertise of this group of healthcare workers are being underutilised.
This project seeks to both harness and
Impact of this project
Patients demand and deserve medication of the highest quality. This project seeks to ensure that this demand is met while also delivering savings in drug spend. Such savings, in turn, may be reinvested in services which will enhance the patient experience.
This project seeks to accept the reality of finite healthcare budgets, while also finding ways to retain a quality focus. After nine months, the overall savings achieved were in excess of €427,000 with total projected savings for 2017 in excess of €500,000.