MOIC publishes in Nature Microbiology

MOIC publishes in Nature Microbiology


The Thresholds Study Group, which includes representatives from MOIC and the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, has just published a paper in the prestigious Nature Microbiology journal.  The paper focuses on a non-linear time-series analysis approach to identify thresholds in associations between population antibiotic use and rates of resistance.

Historical prescribing and microbiological data from five populations spanning four European coutries (Hungary, Spain, France and Northern Ireland) were included.  Minimum thresholds were identified in temporal relationships between the use of selected antibiotics and resistance.  This approach, using routinely generated data, can identify context-specific quantitative targets for rationalising population antibiotic use and controlling resistance.  Read the full paper here.

Antimicrobial stewardship (AMR) is a key priority for healthcare organisations worldwide.  AMR aims to control antimicrobial resistance by reducing inappropirate use, while ensuring access to effective therapy.


Technology solution manages key assets

Technology solution manages key assets

Healthcare Analytics and Multitone engaged in a 2-year research project with MOIC to design and build a solution to effectively manage key assets, including beds and mattresses.  The technology provides real time asset location, with a built-in task management application for monitoring the availability, cleaning and maintenance of the assets.

Consisting of a small chip and antenna, tags are attached to beds and mattresses.  Each tag has a unique device identification number and radio waves are used to track the assets.  A barcode is also included on the tags to allow staff to identify the history of the asset by scanning the barcode using a mobile app.  The mobile app also allows staff to manage requests for bed moves, cleaning and maintenance.  All requests, notices and alerts are processed via the Multitone mission critical iMessage Service so that all messages are sent and received in a timely manner.

The whole service is managed via a Management Dashboard which includes the database and software for processing the data.  The software can be integrated with other  Patient Administration and Ward Management Systems for efficient and effective bed management.

‘Our patients get access to the right equipment at the right time for the right patient, resulting in safer patient care while delivering a better patient experience’ (Dr Naomi Baldwin PhD, Senior Nurse Patient Safety and Performance, Northern Health and Social Care Trust).

Find out more on pages 40 and 41 here.



International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare

International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare

More than 3400 delegates from 75 countries attended the International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare in Glasgow.  The theme for this year’s event was ‘People Make Change’ and it celebrated the role that empowered individuals have in driving healthcare quality and safety.  Representing MOIC, Prof Mike Scott (Director) and Anita Hogg (Lead) joined with a team of delegates from across Ireland to share the Innovative work of MOIC in optimising quality and safety in medicines use.

Main picture from left: Mike Scott (Director, MOIC) with Brian Tehan (Medical Director for Quality & Transformation, Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board, Wales)

The Forum was held on 27-29 March 2019 in the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow.

The All-Ireland huddle!

Anita Hogg (Lead, MOIC) at the stand

Mark Roberts (right) Clinical Director, HSC Safety Forum, Northern Ireland) with Dr Philip Crowley, Quality Improvement Director, HSE, Ireland

The All-Ireland group!


Anita Hogg (Lead, MOIC) (right) with Katrina Logie (Improvement Manager, NHSL Primary Care Improvement Team, Scotland)

JoMO-UKCPA Medicines Optimisation in Respiratory

JoMO-UKCPA Medicines Optimisation in Respiratory

Main picture from left: Jill Taylor (Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle), Ewan McLean (Specialist Clinical Pharmacist Respiratory, NHS Lothian) and Anita Hogg (Lead, MOIC)

The annual JoMO-UKCPA Workshop for Respiratory Medicines Optimisation again brought together pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from across the UK.  Anita Hogg represented MOIC at the event.

The programme was devised in cooperation with the UKCPA Specialist Respiratory
Group and reflected the latest practice and developments in respiratory medicines

Chief Executive of Pharmacy Management, John Stanley, remarked “This is the third year
that we have produced this conference with UKCPA and we are privileged to have so
many top-class pharmacists delivering satellite sessions.”

The event took place on 14th March 2019 in the MacDonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham.

From left: Jessica Gadsby (Specialist Pharmacist, University Hospitals Leicester) and Nerys Price (Clinical Pharmacist, Hywel Dda University Health Board)

JoMO-UKCPA Medicines Optimisation in Diabetes

JoMO-UKCPA Medicines Optimisation in Diabetes

The successful UKCPA/JoMO (Pharmacy Management Group) Conference on Diabetes
Medicines Optimisation within pharmacy returns once more to Manchester on Tuesday
14 May 2019 at The Midland Manchester Hotel.
The programme as normal combines the expertise of the UKCPA Specialist Diabetes &
Endocrinology Group and the Pharmacy Management organisation –

The Conference is suitable for all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in both
primary and secondary care (including Community Pharmacists).
John Stanley, Chief Executive of Pharmacy Management, stated “Each year our
relationship with the UKCPA gets stronger in relation to the quality of material proposed
and the inspirational speakers recommended.
We also are now including Satellites of management skills which our research has shown
are both very topical and needed by all in pharmacy”.
Places in the Manchester event are at no cost to NHS pharmacists (including Community
Pharmacy) and registration can be undertaken at:-

For further information or if you have any queries, please contact:-
Katie Fraser
Senior Executive Assistant to Ted Butler, Chairman
Pharmacy Management