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NuPhaC Summer School 2023


In September 2023, NuPhaC organized its first summer school. The summer school provided training in interprofessional, integrated, evidence-based pharmaceutical care, for researchers, policymakers and healthcare providers in clinical practice. Participation in the summer school offered frameworks to improve interprofessional collaboration, advice for the implementation in clinical practice, and a strong background of evidence-based interventions to improve the quality of pharmaceutical care. There were lots of opportunities to exchange international experiences.


For many patients, pharmaceutical care and medication management are crucial elements of their therapy. Nurses spend a lot of time managing patients’ medication, supporting patient self-management and adherence, educating patients, monitoring therapeutic and side effects, making decisions on medication use and guarding safety for the patient. An interprofessional, integrated, evidence approach is essential in efficient and high quality pharmaceutical care and maximal patient safety.


Day 1: Integrated, interprofessional pharmaceutical care

Frameworks for integrated, interprofessional pharmaceutical care, viewpoints of nurses, physicians and pharmacists, and challenges in clinical practice throughout the world.


Welcome and introduction to NuPhaC

by Tinne Dilles

NuPhaC-EU framework: nurses' role in interprofessional pharmaceutical care in Europe – Nurses’ view

by Elyne De Baetselier

Integrated, interprofessional care - General practitioners' view

by Thierry Christiaens

Integrated, interprofessional care - Pharmacists' view

by Rob Heerdinck


Workshop 1 - Challenges in integrated, interprofessional pharmaceutical care

Day 2: Evidence based interventions to improve the quality of pharmaceutical care
Interventions to improve the quality of nurse pharmaceutical care based on evidence and experiences of the international audience.

Interventions across transitions of care

by Elisabeth Manias

Support of the patient in self-management of medication

by Laura Mortelmans and Elke Loots

Monitoring of therapeutic effects and side effects

by Maarten Wauters

Telemonitoring in patients with atrial fibrillation

by Lien Desteghe

Deprescribing: When the benefits of medication are outweighed by the risks

 by Kristel Paque and Degefaye Anlay

Workshop 2 - Evidence based interventions to improve the quality of pharmaceutical care - Sharing good practices

Day 3: Education and implementation in pharmaceutical care

Prerequisites for a successful implementation of interventions, including nurses’ competences, and reflections on what is needed for the future.

Nurse competences and interprofessional education

by Nienke Dijkstra, Tinne Dilles and Elyne De Baetselier

Quality improvement and factors for successful implementation in practice

 by Indira Coenen

Technology for pharmaceutical care

by Marcia Vervloet and Julie De Schrijver

Nurse prescribing

by Jill Murphy

Workshop 3: Evidence based interventions to improve the quality of pharmaceutical care - What is necessary for the implementation

Day 4: Pharmaceutical care in specific patient populations 

New evidence on how we can support high quality medicines use in specific populations looking at new guidelines and topics such as genomics, technology, …

Medication Literacy in older adults - Nurses' role in pharmacogenetics

by Jenny Gentizon

Pharmaceutical care in nursing homes

by Amber Damiaens

Pharmaceutical care for patients on oral anticancer therapy

by Veerle Foulon


by Anthe De Pauw

Biomarkers and symptoms in patients undergoing immunotherapy treatments in oncology

by Sara Colomer

WHO Guide to good prescribing - Prescribing during pregnancy and breastfeeding

by Resie Meisters

Diversity and dealing with medicines

by Hilde Feyen

Day 5: A team plan

International knowledge, experience and good practice will be shared, stimulating reflections on how the content of the training can be used back home. Together, we build a plan.

Create a podcast to show the world how nurses contribute to pharmaceutical care, what challenges they are faced with, and bring inspiration for the future.

Closing Session: Look to the future, commentary and reflections

Experiences from participants

General evaluation

  • Academic level and study load was good.

  • A well-organized week with a friendly and welcoming team. The small group helped the discussions and sharing of ideas.

  • A beautiful city and a lovely team.


Every participant would recommend our program to others. Some quotes:

  • “It is a truly excellent experience.”

  • “Nursing curricula remain very poorly developed when it comes to pharmaceutical care.”

  • “It is perfect to understand and learn about the best group of Pharmaceutical Care in Europe.”

  • “It is interesting to hear different perspectives and to see research that is being carried out across Europe.”

  • “The academic level is high and there is a warm atmosphere.”

  • “Interesting topics, necessary knowledge for nurses.”

  • “It is very valuable to share experiences and discuss challenges and opportunities in pharmaceutical care with people from other countries.”

  • “It creates an opportunity to build on your professional network.”

  • “It is really relevant to improve of pharmaceutical care.”


Strengths of the course according to participants:

  • Networking on an international level

  • New knowledge and evidence that can be used in practice

  • Lecturers with different professional backgrounds; nurses, pharmacists, biomedical science, physicians

  • Diverse subjects well prepared

  • Original assignment

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