Medicines Optimisation in Schools

Event 7 February 2023Location Online - 13.00 - 14.00
Topics: Past Events

Outlining an award-winning initiative to provide pharmacy support in schools.


7 February 2023


Online - 13.00 - 14.00

About the event

This webinar explored the medicines use and safety needs in schools, including special schools, and how an innovative project delivered pharmacy expertise to these settings.

Why it’s important

On 1st September 2014, a new duty came into force for governing bodies to make arrangements to support pupils at school with medical conditions.

Within the collaborative commissioning structure between the NHS and Local Authorities for special schools, there has never been a formal pathway to promote or support the need for a pharmacy led medicines optimisation service in schools. With there being no standardised approach to how this is achieved, great variations exist nationally on how this model is being delivered. This includes significant differences in localised areas where some schools have full collaborative working between local authorities and health partners (primarily specialist community nursing services). This compares with other schools having little or no support at all with the need to fund their own health provisions.

Pharmacy professionals have the expertise to support with promoting and ensuring the safe use of medicines in schools.

What was covered?

  1. A local journey (Kent’s) to a collaborative commissioning model which now includes pharmacy services for special schools.
  2. Transformation of the pharmacy workforce: developing specialist pharmacy technician and clinical pharmacist roles to support in this niche setting.
  3. Next steps required to share innovations and spread best practice nationally to support improving equity of access to this type of service for all special schools.
  4. An opportunity to share your learning and development needs in this area.

Our Guest Speaker

Nirusha Govender

Associate Director for Medicines Governance and Pharmacy Education, Medicines Optimisation Team,
NHS Kent and Medway Integrated Care Board (ICB)”

SPS Speakers

Our MC for this webinar was be Barry Jubraj and Nicola Wake will be monitored the chat box.

You can find more information about Barry and Nicola below.



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