MOIC paper published – Consultant Respiratory Pharmacist Role

MOIC paper published – Consultant Respiratory Pharmacist Role

MOIC are proud to be working with consultant respiratory pharmacist Carine Gormely to improve medicines optimisation in people with respiratory conditions across Northern Ireland.

This week our paper was published that outlines some of the clinical and economic factors associated with the decisions to invest in the consultant pharmacist model of care in Northern Ireland.

Medicines optimisation for those with respiratory conditions can have a significant impact on clinical outcomes and substantial efficiency gains for health care. Consultant pharmacists are experts working at the top of their specialism in four main pillars of practice, namely clinical care, leadership, education and training, and research and development. A consultant respiratory pharmacist has recently been appointed at a large Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland to provide expert care and clinical leadership for the medicines optimisation agenda with regards to respiratory care in Northern Ireland.

To  read the full article follow the link below.

Publication Success for MOIC PHD project

Publication Success for MOIC PHD project

One of MOIC’s key drivers is to share knowledge throughout Europe and beyond on delivering safe and effective medicines. We did this through our successful knowledge translation hosting programme.  Under this programme, visitors are usually welcomed to Northern Ireland unfortunately during 2020/21 these visits were unable to progress, however this did not prevent us from building collaborative links.

Staff from MOIC, Northern Trust Pharmacy and Microbiology have been working with Sonja Guntschnig from Austria.  Sonja first visited NHSCT under the hosting programme in 2019.  She is now developing antimicrobial stewardship programmes within her hospital which could potentially be scaled within her region.  Linked to this, she will be undertaking a PhD under the supervision and mentorship of Ulster University and MOIC.

This week one of Sonja’s pilot projects was published in the Hospital Pharmacy Europe journal. The article looks at the implementation of new clinical pharmacy services in the Tauernklinikum in Zell am See hospital, Austria.

Speaking about the publication Sonja said “Many thanks to Prof. Michael Scott, Dr. Aaron Courtenay and Prof. Kathy Burnett for the help. I am very lucky to be working with MOIC – Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre and Ulster University.”

To read the full article

European Funding -MOIC Experience

European Funding -MOIC Experience

MOIC recently shared their experience of European funding at the Horizon Europe Cluster 1, Health event.

At the event UK and Irish National Contact Points presented opportunities in the Horizon Europe Health work programme for 2022. It covered all aspects of Horizon Europe as well as an introduction to the Innovative Health Initiative and the European Innovation Council.

MOIC presented as one of the success stories in Northern Ireland and shared some tips on how to secured grants in a competitive environment.

Some of the tips we shared included:

1. Finding partners
2. Identifying call topic
3. Writing proposal
4. Budget
5. Grant agreement partnership (GAP) signing and grant agreement

For more information or if you would like to learn more get in touch via our contact us page.

Happy World Pharmacist Day!

Happy World Pharmacist Day!

On the 25th of September it is the annual World Pharmacists Day. This year’s theme is “Pharmacy: Always trusted for your health“.

Trust is essential to health care: there is a significant association between trust in healthcare professionals and health outcomes for patients. Today MOIC would like to thank all the pharmacists working across the health service to improve patient care.

Also to mark World Pharmacist day we want to look at the collaborations we have built across the world to improve patient safety and medicines optimisation. Sharing learning with other hospitals and pharmacists across the world benefits our pharmacists, clinicians and patients.

Take a look at the feedback we have received below from Estonia in this short video clip.

For further videos visit our vimeo page below:


World Patient Safety Day

World Patient Safety Day

Today is World Patient Safety Day and in what has been a challenging year for health, MOIC ensured Patient Safety remained at the forefront of our health service. World Patient Safety Day was established in 2019 to enhance global understanding of patient safety, increase public engagement in the safety of health care and promote global actions to enhance patient safety and reduce patient harm.

The below summarises a few of the key projects MOIC worked on during 2020 and 2021 that put patient safety front and centre.


As a result of the urgent requirement for PPE for the health and social care workforce, a partnership was established between the HSC Business Services Organisation’s Procurement and Logistics Service (BSOPaLS) and the Medicines Optimisation and Innovation Centre (MOIC) . The partnership needed to ensure that products from manufacturers and suppliers who were moving into the area of making and supplying high volumes of PPE, where this was not their normal area of expertise, were up to standard to ensure protection for the wearer and for patient safety. The process had to be in place before procurement to ensure safe, effective and fit-for-purpose PPE was supplied to the workforce in their fight against COVID-19.

ICU Critical Care Medicines

The COVID-19 pandemic created an unprecedented global demand for essential supportive medicines, particularly in critical care.  Worldwide concern was escalating due to the potential impact of medicine constraints.  To drive patient safety, a regional model was developed to calculate approximate critical drug requirements and map against available stock in Trusts and suppliers.  This enabled estimation of treatment capacity for these medicines regionally, including for anticipated surges and informed regional planning and preparedness. Read more on this work:


Polypharmacy’ describes the concomitant use of multiple medicines. The more medicines you take, the more likely you are to have an admission to hospital. The iSIMPATHY project is designed to tackle the problem and this project continued with medicine reviews throughout the pandemic and enabled patients to get the best from their medication.

Digital Enablement

MOIC are working alongside partners in Europe to look at how digital technology can enhance care at home and improve patient lifestyles. This enables patients to stay at home and puts patient care and safety first. The project called SHAPES is being delivered by an EU wide interdisciplinary consortium with blended expertise.