London 2012 Pharmacy Services Win Bronze Medal at Inaugural Podium Awards

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London 2012 Pharmacy Services have been recognised for their design and delivery of a new national education programme for pharmacists.

Designed with the aim of improving knowledge and understanding of sports medicine, the programme by the London 2012 Pharmacy Services was developed for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals

London 2012 Pharmacy Services have been recognised for their design and delivery of a new national education programme for pharmacists.

The team, led by Mark Stuart, LOCOG Pharmacy Clinical Lead, has been awarded a bronze medal in the Outstanding Learning category at the inaugural Podium Awards.

The Podium Awards recognise the very best London 2012 related projects across further and higher education. They acknowledge activity that has best utilised the power of the Games to inspire learning in any part of the education sector (School, College or University) or in the wider community.

Designed with the aim of improving knowledge and understanding of sports medicine, the programme by the London 2012 Pharmacy Services was developed for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. It involved collaboration between two organisations with primary interests in sport, health and education; the LOCOG Pharmacy Clinical Services and the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE).

Together they have developed a five hour online programme entitled “Drug use in Sport: A Healthcare Professional’s Perspective” containing three modules that are now available to be accessed by all LOCOG medical workforce, as well as all pharmacists across the UK. These include modules on 1) doping and anti-doping in sport, 2) pharmacy services and support in sport and fitness and 3) medical services at international sport events

This is the first time at any Olympic or Paralympic Games that such a comprehensive medical education initiative has been delivered to pharmacy and medical staff on drugs in sport, both working on the Games and across the whole country. In addition, the education programme is also available to healthcare professionals in other countries. By the end of the 2012 Games, the UK will have a new group of highly skilled and knowledgeable pharmacists specialising in drugs in sport and sports and exercise medicine.

The authors of the programme were: Mark Stuart (LOCOG Pharmacy Clinical Lead), Joe Marshall (LOCOG Anti-Doping), David Mottram, (LOCOG Pharmacy Clinical Services Group) Trudy Thomas (LOCOG Pharmacy Clinical Services Group) and the e-learning platform was delivered by the Centre for Pharmacy Post Graduate Education.

For further information please contact the London 2012 Press Office.

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