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.”

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