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Reducing Medication Errors: National Update from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Helen Gordon, Chief Executive, Royal Pharmaceutical Society opened today’s reducing medication errors conference with a national up. In her presentation Helen discussed:

  • improving the number, quality, timeliness of reports
  • maximising local learning and actions
  • improving adherence to the Patient Safety Alert on improving medication error incident reporting and learning
  • omitted medicines and medication errors
  • developing the role of the medication safety officer

Helen Gordon's full presentation is available for download at the end of this page. 

In her presentation Helen stated: 

"How will you use the standards to improve practice?"

"Do you discuss in your trusts? Sharing works"

"Behavioural insight team- triggers to reduce errors"

"Have your say- consulting until 15th Jan- feedback and views. This aims to get expectations 

Helen Gordon Biography

Helen joined the Royal Pharmaceutical Society on 1 July 2010 and has developed its role, work and impact as the newly dedicated professional body for pharmacists in Great Britain. Under Helen’s leadership and direction the Society has created a much stronger patient and member focused organisation which has introduced a professional development and recognition system for pharmacists, published professional standards as well as guidance, and has increased its profile and contribution to the health community in the UK and international pharmacy. The organisation has gained greater recognition for speaking on behalf of the pharmacy profession, a higher level of participation from patient groups, and is actively working in collaboration with other Royal Colleges on initiatives that benefit patients and the public.  The Society is also home for the well-known and trusted publisher, Pharmaceutical Press.

Helen has a career in health care spanning 33 years. Originally training as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, she progressed through a number of senior clinical and managerial positions, including the roles of Executive Director of Operations /Chief Nurse, Chief Executive at Hillingdon Hospital, and then from 2000-2005 she was Chief Executive at Queen Mary’s Sidcup NHS Trust. She then moved to national roles, and held the position of Chief Executive of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2005-2010.

For the past 8 years she has contributed to higher education as a Governor for Ravensbourne College and held the position of Chair of the Audit Committee there.  Since 2013 Helen has chaired the new Alumni Relationship and Development Advisory Board at Henley Business School/ University of Reading.

Helen holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Henley Business School. She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners in November 2013.

Future events of interest:

Non-Medical Prescribing
Thursday 3 December 2015 
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

Non-Medical Prescribing for Pain
Wednesday 3 February 2016 
Thestudio Conference Centre, Birmingham

Electronic Prescribing In Hospitals: Moving Forward
Tuesday 15 March 2016 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Effective Non-Medical Prescribing in End of Life Care
Friday 15 April 2016 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Download: Helen Gordon's full presentation

27 November 2015


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