Update on SHAPES

Update on SHAPES

SHAPES is a European-wide project looking at how technology can enable the older population to live healthier lives at home. The Smart & Healthy Ageing through People Engaging in Supportive Systems (SHAPES) Innovation Action intends to build, pilot and deploy a large-scale, EU-standardised open platform.

MOIC and Ulster University are participating in the project for Northern Ireland and MOIC are the task lead for the medicines control pilot. This means we will be looking at how technology devices such as blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters, glucometers and weight scales, if used correctly at home and the results are closely monitored, can lead to early interventions and hopefully reduce hospital admissions.

The project will focus on the over 65’s and the aim is to improve their quality of life at home. MOIC is currently establishing how to select participants for the project and we are working closely with our colleagues at MEAPP.

Nicola Goodfellow is the lead project manager on this and we are delighted that our new project manager Maureen Spargo has started and will also be working on the SHAPES project.

MOIC will work closely with colleagues throughout the EU to deliver SHAPES and in particular Spain, Germany, Czech Republic and Cyprus to promote medicines optimisation and control. We will provide regular updates on our website.

World Patient Safety Day

World Patient Safety Day

It’s World Patient Safety Day and it is a day to highlight that patient safety is at the forefront of everything we do.

MOIC is the only dedicated medicines optimisation centre in Europe and we work across Europe to improve medicines use, leading to better patient care. We provide research, project management and offer professional expertise on projects that will improve patient safety through correct medicines use. We engage with partners across Europe and throughout the world on best practice and bring his learning back to Northern Ireland.

Today on World Patient Safety Day, take a look at some of our recent publications, the first examines how medicine optimisation clinics can reduce hospital readmission and the second looks at critical care drug use in ICU during Covid. Both these projects had patient safety as the key driver.

Medicine Optimisation reducing Hospital re-admission

This work looked at how educating patients on their medicine use through dedicated clinics could lead to fewer hospital patients.



  • Readmission rate reduction at 30 days was 9.6%
  • Reduction in multiple readmissions over 180-days was 29.1%
Critical Care Drug Requirements


The main aim of this work was to develop a process to estimate critical care drug requirements to robustly inform regional procurement planning and preparedness in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The objectives were to identify critical care drugs required, obtain patient usage data and consider current regional practice to establish the requirement.




Professor Mike Scott receives David Samway award

Professor Mike Scott receives David Samway award

Professor Mike Scott Head of Pharmacy Northern Trust and Director of MOIC has received the David Samways award from the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists (GHP) procurement and distribution interest group (PDIG )in recognition of an outstanding contribution nationally to the practice of pharmacy procurement.

Speaking about this success Professor Scott said

“I am delighted to receive the David Samway award for contribution to the practice of pharmacy procurement. I knew David personally and all the work he did to develop this area of pharmacy practice and also to have such recognition from my procurement peers”


Pharmacy Management National Forum for Scotland

Pharmacy Management National Forum for Scotland

Pharmacy Management National Forum for Scotland moves to Glasgow to accommodate growing numbers. Thursday 29 August 2019, sees the Pharmacy Management National Forum for Scotland in Glasgow for the first time.

Chairman of Pharmacy Management, Ted Butler, stated “We have been going to Stirling for 15 years with the Forum and had great experiences on the university campus. The numbers of delegates have been steadily growing so we felt we needed the extra flexibility of a larger venue. Once again, we are delighted that Professor Rose Marie Parr has agreed to attend and speak. Returning to Scotland so soon after the great Celtic Conference is a bonus and the agenda will offer much to both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians across Scotland.”

To see the Agenda click here.

The conference is available free of charge for all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in NHS Scotland. If you have any queries or require further information, please contact Katie Fraser (Senior Executive
Assistant to Chairman, Pharmacy Management) at katie.fraser@pharman.co.uk.

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