Posted on: 4 August 2022

Congratulations to CNWL’s Pharmacy Team whose project on Improving Medicines Information Using QR Technology has been selected as a winner for the HSJ Patient Safety Congress Poster Competition in the ‘Effective use of technology’ category. The project has also recently been awarded the Clinical Pharmacy Congress Excellence in Technology in Pharmacy Practice award. You can view the poster here.

The QR Video project led by CNWL's Deputy Chief Pharmacist, Anshu Rayan in partnership with Dr James Ohene-Djan from the Computing Department at Goldsmiths and QR Video Solutions, harnesses the power of videos and combines it with the latest QR code technologies.  The aim is to ‘Create confidence in Medicines’ and provide a solution that allows patients, carers and staff to effectively engage with medicines information.

Yogita Dawda, CNWL’s Clinical Lead Pharmacist, Mental Health has been instrumental in the development and delivery of the Mental health QR videos. This coproduction work has received positive feedback from patients, carers, staff and many other organisations. These videos have also been added to the Choice and Medication© website which is a national and international resource for patient information about mental health conditions and the treatment options available to help make informed decisions about choosing the right medication. They have also been endorsed by the College of Mental Health Pharmacy.

Anshu Rayan said: ‘It’s a real honour to have our work recognised in this way, thank you to the HSJ Patient Safety Congress judges. This is a project that I have been very passionate about since its inception. The initial funding was provided by the CNWL Digital Innovation Group and I would like to thank them for believing in this project.”

“A big thank you to Yogita and various colleagues including Lorraine Holl, Pharmacy administrator/Project Officer; Alan Sebti, Lead Pharmacist, Operations and Bridget Browne, Improvement Advisor. Working in collaboration with Dr Ohene-Djan to deliver our vision has been brilliant and we look forward to progressing with further medicines videos on: naloxone; flu and covid vaccine; PREP; insulin and more.”