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SusQI Project - Reducing Wastage in the Medicines Pathway

Caroline Lloyd
Caroline Lloyd • 9 October 2023

This project was part of the 2023 Green Team Competition at South Warwickshire University NHS Foundation Trust, implemented by colleagues from our Pharmacy team.

Team Members:

  • Tessa Dadley, Lead Technician - Procurement and Goods-Receipt
  • Colin Foy,¬†Pharmacy Operations Manager
  • Louise Foy-Coley, Lead Technician - Dispensary, Distribution and Training
  • Sarah Welsby, Lead Technician - Ward-Based Medicines Management

Project Aims:

Short-term: explore the scope of dispensed items and use this data to propose initiatives/changes to working practices to reduce the number of items unnecessarily dispensed.

Long-term: implement proposed initiatives/changes to working practices to reduce the number of items unnecessarily dispensed, saving money, carbon, staff time and reducing the number of inpatient missed doses.

Results:

In the month data was collected there were 243 re-dispensed items. A reduction of 10% would result in the following savings:

Financial

Total savings from drug cost and staff time spent dispensing and accuracy-checking is estimated at £9,600 each year.

Environmental

Savings of 1,228.8kgCO2e per year, equivalent to driving 3,629 miles in an average car - a return journey from Aberdeen to Naples.

Clinical

Savings of up to 16 hours of staff time each month, allowing staff to redirect their time to higher value activities.

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