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"Risky Business" - Medicines in Healthcare

The inaugural "Risky Business" - Medicines in Healthcare symposium was hosted by the Acute Medicines Improvement Group on the 4th March 2020 in the Queen Elizabeth Teaching & Learning Centre.

This learning event was planned by the Acute Medicines Improvement Group to focus on medicines safety, and in particular, medicines administration. The half day symposium was designed to provide a forum for shared, multi-professional learning, and to consider what actions can be taken locally to positively impact on safer medicines administration. On the day, 97 staff attended, with the majority being Registered Nurses or Midwives, as well as a sizeable representation from pharmacy services.


The afternoon was introduced by Cathy Hutchison, Nurse Consultant, who set the context to why the safer use of medicines matters in terms of patient safety and reducing harm. There was then a structured programme as follows (click on the title to view the slides):

Participant Feedback

Following the ‘Pebble in My Shoe’ session, those in attendance were asked to identify their frequently recurring frustrations relating to medicines safety. All feedback from this is being collated and themed and considered for future quality improvement projects.

Towards the end of the symposium, Mentimeter supported the collection of real time audience responses to the following questions:

  • What I really liked about this morning ......
  • Today would have been even better if ......
  • As I leave here, I am feeling ......

The overall themes were extremely positive with a sense of enjoyment, learning and safety awareness. The main formative feedback was around more time being allowed for a very busy schedule of discussion.

Regretfully the second symposium scheduled for 25 March was cancelled as a consequence of the coronavirus however watch this space for future events.

Last Updated: 29 June 2020