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Ensuring the safe use of medication is one of the key activities of clinical and hospital pharmacists. However, many people don't know that both professions carry out many more activities to ensure optimal treatment outcomes for patients. The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) and the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy (ESCP) have collaboratively developed the “Oath to Society” that acts as a contract for excellence in providing compassionate patient care, working as part of the healthcare team and advancing the pharmacy profession, and showcasing how clinical and hospital pharmacists work every day.
The Oath to Society is the promise that the members of EAHP and ESCP make to patients and the public they serve, the healthcare professionals they interact with and the health systems they work in. The Oath functions as a compass for pharmacists to adhere to the highest standards of ethics, integrity and professionalism, as they provide service to the community over the course of their careers. Touching on trust and respect, different aspects of the patient care pathway, the multidisciplinary care team, disease prevention and health promotion, education and the future development of pharmacy practice, the Oath to Society is all-encompassing.
The launch event on the 12th of October 2021 brought together key stakeholders that are engaging closely with clinical and hospital pharmacists. Member of the European Parliament, István Ujhelyi, highlighted in his keynote speech the challenges faced by healthcare systems across Europe and the important role that pharmacists and their teams are playing. The panellists Sibylle Reichert (AIM – International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies), Juan José Fernández …
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