2004 03 01 Archive

Monday, March 29, 2004

The Representative Board of Saskatchewan Pharmacists (RBSP) held its annual conference this past weekend in Saskatoon. Topics ranged from dealing with conflict to updates on antibiotic therapies. I, along with two other pharmacists (one community, one hospital), presented a session on “Successful Recruitment and Retention of Pharmacists”. Because we are all recent graduates, we were asked to speak on what we felt new graduates are looking for in a position, and what is necessary to keep them in that position. Our conference presentation can be accessed here.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

I have been working on the development of a Diabetes Clinic for Leader and the surrounding area over the past several weeks. Last week I had the opportunity to present it to the Cypress Health Region board during their visit to Leader. I was encouraged by the interest and response I received, and expect to here a response in the next couple of weeks with regards to funding.

The proposed clinic is a multidisciplinary approach to diabetes care, and parallels those recommendations recently released in the Canadian Diabetes Association’s Clinical Practice Guidelines 2003. Currently involved health care professionals include (but are not limited to), physicians, home care nurses, public health nurse, clinical pharmacist, and dietitian (although we are currently awaiting the appointment of a new regional dietitian). We have approached diabetes care in three different settings: community (educational sessions), clinical (initial physician assessment, regular follow-up with pharmacist), and home (home visits by home care nurse and/or pharmacist).

We realize that diabetes is an increasingly common health problem, and believe that many cases of the disease and its complications are preventable with the appropriate patient education, treatment, and follow-up.

I will keep you updated as the clinic develops, and implementation progresses. Once the Cypress Health Region has made a decision regarding funding of the clinic, I will post the proposal on this site.

Monday, March 08, 2004

The end of February provided me with some very exciting news. I will be spending the month of May touring various healthcare settings in the United Kingdom. The UK has been very successful in implementing primary care in a relatively short time, and as such has become a sort of “role model” for Saskatchewan healthcare. The Health Quality Council sent two groups of delegates to the UK on two separate occasions in 2003 to observe the UK’s system and bring ideas back home. My goal is to determine what was done, how it was done, and what is necessary to maintain such a successful primary health care system. By observing and participating in a variety of settings, I plan to bring back the knowledge and experience I’ve gained and use it to implement a similar system here – first on a local and then a more provincial level.