Statement Implementation Newsletter #1


Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 19:30

EAHP launches quarterly newsletter: Statement implementation and Common Training Framework

Reaching a consensus, with input from patient and healthcare professional groups, on a vision for hospital pharmacy services is in itself a major achievement. The development and publication of the 44 statements in six overarching topic areas in 2014 was a significant step forward for the EAHP and the country member associations.

EAHP is now working, in collaboration with it’s member associations, to bring about the full achievement of the European Statements of Hospital Pharmacy in every country member. In order to inform hospital pharmacists from all country members, EAHP will send out a quaterly newsletter with details about the status of the implementation project.

EAHP will also include relevant news about the Common Training Framework (CTF).

From Statement to Implementation: General Assembly's approval

Even though EAHP has already been working to move towards Statement implementation, additional resources have now been allocated. EAHP has appointed an Implementation team, with Tony West as Project Director, aiming to give a new stimulus. During the General Assembly, EAHP's President Joan Peppard and Project Director Tony West presented EAHP's implementation plan, which was approved. The EAHP Implementation team has now member's approval to work on the project until 2019.

46th EAHP General Assembly: Workshops on Statement implementation

EAHP conducted workshops during the 46th General Assembly in Prague (June 9-11, 2016) to discuss the best ways to give a stimulus to the Statement Implementation project. The main topics that were discussed were:
  • Implementation Ambassadors;
  • the need of raising awareness;
  • what EAHP can do to help hospital pharmacists overcoming challenges when implementing Statements;
  • and the identification of relevant stakeholders involved in the process.

EAHP  is now preparing a Strategic Plan for the Implementation of the European Statements of Hospital Pharmacy that will be published during the second half of July. This document will be prepared taking into account delegates' inputs during the workshops and the Assembly.
Appointment of Implementation Ambassadors
Delegates decided that in order to move towards the implementation it is necessary to appoint an Implementation Ambassador for each country. Member associations should appoint their Implementation Ambassadors before the 15th of September.

Ambassadors should be motivated, innovative and self-driven candidates willing to be the link between the work done within their countries and the EAHP Implementation team. EAHP will organize a meeting and a training session for the Ambassadors in Brussels in October.
EAHP moves towards Statement implementation: Next steps
Although the project strategy is being designed, some main points have already been approved by delegates:
  • Appointment of national implementation ambassadors. They will work as a link between EAHP, member associations and the work that is done within their countries.
  • Launch of an awareness campaign. Content will be presented by October 2016 and the full campaign will be launched by March 2017.
  • Design national strategies to map out and approach relevant stakeholders.
  • Develop a self-assessment tool for hospital pharmacists to assess their level of implementation and develop action plans accordingly.
Each country has its own particularities; therefore, EAHP will work together with member associations and ambassadors to understand the needs and priorities of each country/region and to design specific national strategies.
Get ready for the common training framework consultation!
The creation of a common training framework for advanced practice in hospital pharmacy will be an important tool in achieving the European Statements of Hospital Pharmacy. By setting out the range of competencies understood to constitute advanced practice in hospital pharmacy, a European benchmark will be created to help address individual education and training needs.

A pan-European Working Group, chaired by FIP Education’s Dr Andreia Bruno, has spent the past 12 months developing the first expression of the framework which will soon be ready for public consultation. At its most recent meeting in Brussels at the end of June, line by line scrutiny was conducted and it is intended that stakeholders from across Europe will be invited to provide their input in the Autumn of 2016.

Stay tuned for more news. In the meantime, a range of further information about the project is available at