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New RCP clinical fellow for medications safety

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jen Flatman as clinical fellow for medications safety, working in the RCP’s Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Department.

Jen graduated from Cardiff University with a Master’s degree in pharmacy. Since then, she has worked as a pharmacist in multiple NHS trusts in London, rotating through a range of specialties and most recently working as a specialist medication safety pharmacist. In 2019, she gained a postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy practice from University College London, alongside completing the ‘Leading for change programme’ with the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education.

In her new role as clinical fellow for medications safety at the Royal College of Physicians, Jen will be working closely with the RCP’s National Working Group on Medical Safety to develop and drive a work programme with patient-centred care at its heart.

Jen’s 12-month fellowship has been generously funded by biopharmaceutical company, Pfizer, who we are pleased to be working in partnership with to support the RCP’s broader patient safety strategy.

Jen says, ‘I am very excited to be starting this new role as I am passionate about improving medication safety for patients and healthcare colleagues. Medication use is beneficial in so many ways but also comes with many risks.

Inter-professional working is vital to enhancing medication safety and as a pharmacist working at the Royal College of Physicians, this role is the perfect opportunity to drive change and address some of the medication safety challenges we all face on a daily basis.’

We welcome Jen to the RCP as we celebrate World Patient Safety Day and look forward to the undoubtedly significant contribution she will make as we take strides to improve medication safety.

Interested to find out more about our work in this area? Read clinical director of quality improvement and patient safety John Dean’s blog on how a daily focus on risk across the system can reduce patient harm.