Hospital pharmacists from 34 European countries gather for a unique Summit to tackle current diversities in health provision and set out the future services to be delivered by the profession.
Alongside representatives from over 25 European patient organisations and associations representing other healthcare professionals, the Summit will deliver a long term vision for maximising the contribution pharmacists make to patient care in European hospitals.
Taking place in Brussels on May 14 and 15, 45 bold and aspirational statements of hospital pharmacy practice across six thematic areas will be debated and scrutinised by over 100 attendees, before being subject to final voting on the last day of the Summit.
Designed to help address inequalities in health provision across Europe by offering a consensus view on what should be achieved by health systems, the Summit is a unique undertaking to build the political will and common vision to improve the care of patients.
Commenting on the Summit, EAHP President Dr Roberto Frontini:
“Today’s Summit is the culmination of months of preparation, but the start of years of focused improvement efforts. As Seneca reminds us, if one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable. By the end of these two days, 34 national hospital pharmacy platforms, alongside over 25 patient and healthcare professional organisations, will have agreed together what we need to achieve in hospital pharmacy practice development. The onus then shifts to EAHP, our members and national health systems to see the aspirations brought to reality. It’s a challenge we relish, knowing that it is high quality patient care and patient safety that is the beneficiary.”
Source: European Association of Hospital Pharmacists
14 May 2014