Table 1

Key outcome measures

MeanSD
Duration of morning medicine administration round (min)
 Standard practice74.59.0
 With pharmacy assistant support60.817.5
 Time saved13.719.6
Time saved per activity per week (hours)
How many times an activity was recorded each week
 Obtaining supply of temporary stock items0.70.5
10.311.3
 Obtaining supply from stock cupboard0.90.9
158.1
 Obtaining supply of prelabelled products0.50.5
6.36.4
 Supporting medication administration4.15.4
22.832.9
 Visiting the dispensary to obtain medication1.51.3
6.24.3
 Supporting the supply of medicines for use after discharge4.44.9
7.88.1
 Preparing products need for intravenous administration1.21.2
14.014.3
 Unpacking delivery0.90.4
1.71.5
 Tidying the treatment room0.70.4
1.71.5
 Waste management0.40.2
1.30.75
 Acting as a point of contact for pharmacy on the ward1.10.9
1.30.75
 Ordering pharmacy products to be held as stock on the ward1.00.0
1.00.0
Total time saved per week17.49.517
Point prevalence quality measures
 Per cent of patients with more than one unacceptable omitted dose baseline (June 2016) (n=123)22%0.1
(n=27)
 Per cent of patients with more than one unacceptable omitted dose after deployment of medicines assistants (March 2017) (n=113)10%0.1
(n=12)
 Per cent of patients with more than one unacceptable omitted dose of a critical medicine baseline (June 2016) (n=123)2%0.0
(n=3)
 Per cent of patients with more than one unacceptable omitted dose of a critical medicine after deployment of medicines assistants (March 2017) (n=113)0%0.0
(n=0)