2017-2018 Year-in-Review: Internal Portfolio

By: Patrick Fitch

During the year, a number of initiatives in support of CSHP’s strategic plan and Vision 2020 were begun or reached their conclusion.  I am pleased to highlight some of the work that has been accomplished within the portfolio.

During the 49th annual Professional Practice Conference, several CSHP members were honoured.  CSHP bestowed Fellowship status upon Doson Chua, Sheri Koshman, Michael Legal, Heather Neville, Doug Sellinger, and Kathryn Timberlake.  Honorary Membership and the Distinguished Service Award were presented to Mary Ensom, the Isabel E. Stauffer Meritorious Service Award to Theresa Hurley, and the Hospital Pharmacy Student Award to Maria Moreno.  In addition, five general awards were given, one in each of five categories.

A working group of Board members, Branch presidents, and Membership Committee members was assembled to develop recruitment and retention strategies, which were approved by the Board in April.  The strategies have been prioritized and additional working groups have been formed to delineate the actions to implement the strategies.

Efforts are ongoing to evaluate all CSHP educational programs in order to identify the best ways of providing the high-quality education that our members expect. 

The Board has also undertaken a review of the national and branch awards programs with the goal to streamline award offerings and avoid duplication.  Work will now begin on a policy to accomplish this goal.

Through the hard work of the Pharmacy Practice Publications Steering Committee, CSHP published new guidelines on telepharmacy. 

CSHP also leads, under the direction of Sarah Jennings (CSHP Professional Affairs Associate), the development of guidelines for preventing, identifying, and responding to diversion of controlled substances in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.  CSHP’s core partners include Health Canada, HealthCareCAN, the Canadian Nurses Association, and the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society.  Other groups serving as contributors or expert consultants include the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada, the Paramedic Association of Canada, the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, health professional regulatory bodies, and researchers in the field.  CSHP has reached out to other important stakeholders, including hospital accreditation and law enforcement, for feedback on the draft guidelines.  The final version, which will incorporate the best available evidence, should be ready for publication in early 2019.