The development of these Statements would not have been possible without the input and support of a number of European based Patient Groups and Healthcare Professional Groups, who worked alongside our national associations that represent Hospital Pharmacists.
The starting point was a simple question, ‘what should patients expect of a hospital pharmacy service?’, with the added dimension of ‘how should hospital pharmacists contribute within the multidisciplinary team’. What we have now is a set of Statements on which there is a consensus as to their importance.
The Statements are not intended to be standards, some are aspirational and may take years to deliver while others are routed in the legislative framework provided by European Union and therefore obligatory for member states.
For members of Hospital Management Boards the Statements provide a guide as to what they should be expecting from their hospital pharmacy service, whether that service is provided by the hospital or out-sourced to another organisation. The evidence base provided will help identify those Statements that must be delivered, because of legislative framework, as well as those that can help improve patient safety and clinical outcome while also recognising the importance of fiscal controls.
While all 44 of the Statements are relevant to Hospital Management Boards you will find more information on those that are perhaps more important by clicking on the link below, ‘Who are the Statements for?’