Anita Hogg (MOIC) showcased Reference Site collaboration success in Medicines Optimisation and Innovation at the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing Reference Site Workshop on 1 October 2018 in the Assembly Buildings Conference Centre, Belfast.  Mireia Massot Mesquida, Primary Care Pharmacist from the Catalan Institute of Health, Catalonia, shared the Catalan experience of the collaboration with MOIC.

Main picture above: Anita Hogg (centre) with, from left,Mireia Massot Mesquida (Catalan Institute of Health), Cathy Harrison (Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, DoH), Rosa Morral (Director of Primary Care, Catalan Institute of Health)

The workshop was a fringe event of the WHO International Healthy Cities Conference, Belfast 1-4 October 2018 and focussed on new technologies and demonstrated how the EIP-AHA Reference Sites have used the twinning approach to scale up innovations in health and social care across EU regions to support active and healthy ageing. The workshop featured successes from a number of top-rated EIP-AHA Reference Site regions including Northern Ireland, Spain, Finland, Thailand and Scotland. Specific topics included new technologies and co-design options with innovative procurement models. The workshop theme aligned closely with the EIP-AHA objectives to improve the health and quality of life of Europeans with a focus on older people and support the long-term sustainability and efficiency of health and social care systems.

Delegates were welcomed to the event by Richard Pengelly, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health, Northern Ireland and Manfred Huber, Coordinator, Healthy Ageing, Disability and Long Term Care, World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe.

From left: Cathy Harrison (Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, DoH) with Julie-Ann Walkden (Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Executive, Health and Social Care)