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’. For healthcare professionals, the latter provides a framework so that they know what to expect from a hospital pharmacy, whether that be related to the supply of medicines of the involvement of a hospital pharmacist in multi-disciplinary working.
Doctors and nurses are identified as separate stakeholder groups within the broad definition of healthcare professionals because, like pharmacists, their primary qualification is covered by the Sectoral Directive of the EU Professional Qualifications Directive,
What we have now is a set of Statements on which there is a consensus as to their importance. The Statement 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.
While all 44 of the Statements are relevant to any healthcare professional that uses medicines or medical devices in their day to day practice, you will find more information on those that are perhaps more important by clicking on the link below, ‘Who are the Statements for?’