Alistair scoops ‘Health Innovator’ award

Published February 23, 2017 at 10:52

A pharmacist whose innovation is improving care for patients was one of five winners from Lancashire at the North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards.

The regional awards were jointly organised by the Innovation Agency; the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network North West Coast; and NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) North West Coast.

Alistair Gray, Clinical Services Lead Pharmacist at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust was named Innovation Champion for his work developing and establishing ‘Refer to Pharmacy’ – a tool which has led to huge improvements in patients’ use of medication after being discharged from hospital.

Alistair said:

It is an electronic tool that lets us refer patients from their hospital bedside to their community pharmacist for a post-discharge consultation about their medicines, or so they can update a patient’s pharmacy record with medication changes. Refer-to-Pharmacy helps us to help our patients to get the best from their medicines and to stay healthy at home.

‘Refer to Pharmacy’ is now being spread to other hospitals, with support from theInnovation Agency.

Professor Mark Gabbay, Director of NIHR CLAHRC North West Coast, said:

These awards have showcased the benefits of working together. By having members of the public, universities, industry, NHS partners and others in a knowledge sharing environment, we can deliver ground-breaking research that improves the health and wellbeing of the population of the North West Coast.

Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency, said:

The North West Coast is rich in talent and collaborations and our awards have thrown a light on outstanding individuals and organisations leading the way in research and innovation. These are people who go over and above what is asked of them, to make a real difference to people’s lives.

A full list of winners and finalists and photos can be found at: