To win this award you need to be a technician or pharmacist who can show us you stand out from the crowd through excellence and innovation. You will have successfully thought outside the square to introduce a solution in any area of pharmacy.



2018Since February 2017, pharmacist Brock Dale has been using his skills on the hospital’s mental health inpatient ward. His appointment was a first for the mental health teams at both the Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals. Supported by his manager Jillian Sutherland, Brock conducted an exhaustive research programme to identify areas of need and the best way to use his skills to help. He began meeting with patients and whānau, individually and in groups, to give them medicines information. The mental health unit staff also began to benefit from Mr Dale’s medicine’s knowledge as he set up regular medicines education workshops. Since Brock started in the role, the monthly error rate has flatlined to less than half of what it was before Mr Dale started in the role. Readmission rates into the inpatient unit have also decreased significantly. The judges say Brock’s application demonstrated excellent planning skills, innovative service design, comprehensive implementation and excellent clinical outcomes based on newly-developed robust clinical pathways.

2017Always hotly contested, the hospital pharmacy community never fails to impress. This year, Joanne Rogers and Beth Loe, from Waitemata DHB and the Health Quality and Safety Commission New Zealand, improved safety by developing a patient transfer medication chart. The chart is used when patients are transferred from an electronic chart location to a paper chart location. In addition to improved safety, the chart has reduced the administrative burden on clinicians during the transfer process.

2016David Ryan of Waitemata DHB developed a system to bridge the gap of manual pharmacy processes. The Waitemata DHB has used the Pyxis Medstation system to distribute medicines across its inpatient areas since 2001, and has progressively implemented electronic prescribing and administration, reaching approximately 950 beds in June this year. This system targets errors that occur during prescribing and administration, but the pharmacy processes were lacking an automatic system, wasting time and resources.

2015Avril Lee, Naomi Heap, Pat Alley and Dale Sheehan from North Shore Hospital have developed an education programme where pharmacists teach junior doctors about safe prescribing. The pharmacists co-teach alongside senior medical staff, using real-life examples of common prescribing errors. The teaching collaboration is also replicated on the wards.

2014The clinical pharmacy team at Middlemore Hospital implemented a weekend clinical pharmacy service that prioritised patients, so those at highest risk of a medication error saw a pharmacist. Since the beginning of the programme, 274 medication errors were identified and rectified. The new service especially reduces the risk for patients who are discharged quickly over the weekend, reducing the number of errors passed into community pharmacy.