Medication safety across the system: time critical medicines

Event 28 June 2023Location Online via WebEx at 12:30-14:00

Discussion of key current medication safety challenges within healthcare with a focus on time critical medicines; inspiring partnership across the system.


28 June 2023


Online via WebEx at 12:30-14:00

About the event

This interactive session is part of a quarterly series about medication safety aimed at healthcare professionals, working in any sector with a role or passion for medication safety and/or involved in medicines use.

Our speakers will share innovative practices that have the potential to be translated and replicated.

Why it’s important

Timely use of medicines are critical and despite efforts to improve safety related to their use, current practice is still leading to patient harm in the NHS. These harms may occur at each stage of the medicines journey and in any setting across the system. This session will equip healthcare professionals with insights, support, and shared learning, to support a reinvigorated approach to improve practice with an aim to minimise these harms.

What will be covered

  1. A discussion of key challenges that impact safe use of time critical medicines within the system and why this issue continues to be a challenge for the whole system
  2. ‘Lived experience’ will be shared to understand the impact of where time critical medicines are omitted or delayed to inspire actions to improve safety
  3. Shared exemplar practices related to improving the safety with time critical medicines, which will allow for reflection on local practice and consideration for implementation at a local and system level.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate key current challenges related to the safe use of time critical medicines
  2. Use the information shared regarding known harms related to time critical medicines to assess local working practices at both an organisational level and across the system
  3. Reflect on the examples shared and identify actions or responses to recommend locally, in order to improve safe practice
  4. Take opportunities to network with peers to inform the development of appropriate local and system wide responses to time critical medicines concerns


A range of speakers from SPS and other organisations will run this event.

Guest speakers confirmed so far

Keynote – Clare Addison

Lead Nurse for Adult Safeguarding, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. Co-Lead for South East Parkinson’s Network

Lesley Barnfather

Pharmacy Technician Specialist, Lead WMA project

Suzanne Cooper

Principal Pharmacist Medicines Governance and Medication Safety Officer, The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Patsy Cotton

Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist, Parkinson’s UK

Professor Bryony Dean Franklin

Professor of Medication Safety, UCL School of Pharmacy; Executive Lead Pharmacist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust; Director, NIHR North West London Patient Safety Research Collaboration

Joanne Gilbertson

Medicines Management Nurse, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Pauline Lockey

Patient Safety Clinical Lead (Medication Safety), NHS England

Elizabeth McKechnie

Medication Safety Lead Pharmacist, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

More speakers will be announced shortly.

SPS speakers

The meeting will be led by Anna and Emma, with support from Barry and Nicola. You can learn more about our SPS team below.

How to register

Registration is now open. Once registered you will received confirmation and a link for your diary.

Note: Our webinars are provided for colleagues providing NHS service so please register with your NHS or work-based email address. If you don’t provide NHS services or are a charity, please drop us a line to clarify your interest in this webinar.

Check your access before the event

Check that you are able to access WebEx prior to the event.

We recommend installing the Cisco WebEx app, or, alternatively, accessing the meeting via Google Chrome. If you are still having difficulty, you may need to contact your IT department to assist you in opening the application (you’ll only have to do this once).

Joining on the day

Listen through your computer or mobile phone.
These webinars are extremely popular so we recommend that you log in early to secure your place or miss any important information. The meeting will be open from 12:00

Dial in

If you experience trouble accessing the meeting from your computer, you can always dial in and listen through your phone.

Call 0203-478-5289 (UK standard rates)
Access code: 2362 770 1326
Passcode: 288363


The event will be recorded and this will be available on the SPS website a few days later.

Slides may not routinely be used in these webinars. If they are, they will be available after the event.

Contact us

Please contact the Admin Team if you have any questions.