Posted 03-04-2018.

Spirit Healthcare is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the 2018 HSJ Awards, as the awards launch a new category ‘Optimisation of Medicines Management’, in recognition of the importance medicines optimisation teams play in helping the NHS achieve vital quality targets and cost savings.


Medicines and devices are crucial to maintaining health, preventing illness, managing chronic conditions and curing disease. With an ageing population and restrained budgets, ensuring patients get the best out of medicines is crucial.  As these challenges becomes more acute, a step change is required.


Medicines optimisation is essential to that step change, with a patient centred focus, ensuring that the NHS pound is spent as effectively as possible and that best practice is exercised every day.


The Optimisation of Medicines Management Award will recognise the positive impact that medicines optimisation teams have on the appropriate use of medicines, and improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.  Entries are encouraged from NHS organisations and those working collaboratively with the NHS.


Chris Barker, CEO, Spirit Healthcare, comments: “Medicines optimisation is key to ensuring that patients receive the right medicines, at the right time, in the right way.  There are significant opportunities for reducing expenditure whilst maintaining or improving clinical outcomes.  Medicines optimisation teams are doing amazing work in this area.  With ever tightening budgets and an aging population, maximising the opportunities to share best practice and learn what works elsewhere is more important than ever.


“There is increasing evidence of collaborative approaches in medicines optimisation across a multitude of NHS organisations and suppliers delivering effective projects with positive results.  Such collaboration is a great example of how medicines optimisation teams can influence a wider healthcare agenda, whilst ensuring great value from our medicines budget and the highest quality patient outcomes.  We look forward to celebrating the efforts and successes of our NHS partners in this field.”


Alastair McLellan, HSJ Editor, said, “The HSJ Awards will be the biggest celebration of NHS excellence during its 70th birthday year. The service has chosen the HSJ Awards as the most effective way to recognise and spread best practice and the support of businesses like Spirt Healthcare are vital to making that possible. Medicines management optimisation is a vital contributor to the cost and quality challenges facing the NHS and we look forward to finding the most cutting edge solutions in this area together with our awards judges and Spirit.”


The HSJ Awards are now open for entry, with a deadline for entries of 31st May 2018.