Implementation Ambassador Profile: Estonia-Kersti Teder


Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 11:30

I work at Tartu University Hospital Pharmacy as pharmacist, I do not have any speciality.I also work as the biopharmacy assistant at Tartu University Pharmacy Institute and do my PhD in pharmacokinetics.

When was the first time you learned about the European Statements of Hospital Pharmacy?

I knew that EAHP was working on something already before the Statements were published. Since the Estonian Society of Hospital Pharmacy was writing the Good Practices of Hospital Pharmacy in Estonia we were waiting this to be published and to use it as one reference for our document.

How did you become involved with the project?

Since I am one of the authors of the Estonian document of Good Practices of Hospital Pharmacy in Estonia and in a way also responsible for promoting it, then our Society’s board made the proposal to me. And I gladly accepted.

Why do you think the implementation of the Statements will be good for Estonia?

Hospital Pharmacy has almost no special regulations in Estonia. In fact, hospitals in Estonia do not need to have hospital pharmacy nor hospital pharmacists. I hope that this project will help us to form some regulations and to show the need of our profession.

What do you think are the biggest needs and barriers for Statement Implementation in Estonia?

As I mentioned before, Estonia has only few regulations for Hospital Pharmacy and our profession is not very well-known. So the first goal would be to show the need for the profession. And to finally have the regulations that say that every hospital in Estonia should have hospital pharmacist working there.

What is Estonia doing to move towards Implementation?

We are trying to promote the statements in our hospital pharmacist and to encourage them to get involved. We have started a few projects that would help to map the current situation and also implement some aspects of the Statements. For example we got funding from EAHP to perform a project on medication reconciliation and we are also planning another project on medication errors.

Also we want to call our bigger stakeholders to a round-table meeting so we can discuss about the issues that concern us most.