The All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) joins the All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre (AWTTC) and health care professionals across the world in supporting World Patient Safety Day 2020. The aim of World Patient Safety Day, which is marked annually on 17 September, is to promote and increase public awareness of the measures being taken in the interest of patient safety.
The All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre (AWTTC), which is the professional support arm of the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG), promotes the safe and effective use of medicines by supporting the development and implementation of best practice guidance and National Prescribing Indicators associated with promoting medicines safety.
In addition, by the work of the Yellow Card Centre Wales, AWTTC encourages the reporting of suspected adverse drug reactions (ADRs) across Wales using the Yellow Card Scheme. For several years, Wales has had the highest reporting rate of the four UK home countries and has developed a network of Yellow Card Champions across NHS Wales. The Welsh National Poisons Unit provides advice to healthcare professionals in the UK and Ireland on the management and prevention of poisoning with medicines and chemicals. AWTTC’s Clinical Pharmacologists provide outpatient clinical services in adverse drug reaction identification, management and prevention.
AWTTC acts as a focus for education and training in medicines safety for the pharmacy, medical and professions allied to medicine in the medical and pharmacy schools in Wales. Mentorship and training opportunities for students are provided in patient safety and quality improvement to embed the principles of medicines safety and develop a strong safety culture in the undergraduate training curriculum of future healthcare professionals. AWTTC also promotes research and development collaborations, including multi-professional approaches to ensuring that patients have the best outcomes and experience associated with their medicines. AWTTC involves patients and the public in its work and hosts forums to engage the people of Wales and encourage their involvement in decisions regarding medicines and prescribing.
The All Wales Medicine Safety Dashboard was developed by AWTTC to support the World Health Organisation Global Patient Safety Challenge to eliminate avoidable harm in healthcare. The dashboard brings together Medicine Safety Indicators from Audit+ and hospital admission data (PEDW), with a focus on three harm categories of falls, bleeds and acute kidney injury by Health Board and GP Cluster.