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Rosemary Donnelly

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Senior Clinical Diabetes Pharmacist, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust

As one of our Clinical Champions, Rosemary plans to embed the reflective principles within the diabetes and pharmacy teams at her trust. Rosemary’s aim and passion is to inspire pharmacists to become more proactive in supporting insulin safety. She believes that a pharmacist’s skills, knowledge and presence on hospital wards provides a great opportunity for them to support junior doctors with the challenging task of prescribing insulin safely.. Her drive as a Clinical Champion will be to encourage doctors, nurses and pharmacists to reflect on their insulin prescribing and to encourage patient involvement.

Background

Rosemary graduated from Queens University Belfast (QUB) and registered as a pharmacist in 1982. She has worked in many hospital pharmacies across the greater Belfast area, completing the independent prescriber course in 2006 and an MPhil on the ‘Feasibility of Pharmacists Prescribing in a Primary Care Setting’ in 2007.

After joining the diabetes team in 2005 Rosemary set up and ran a Diabetes Cardiovascular Risk Clinic and the success of this clinic helped to develop her current role. Rosemary regularly participates in pharmacist education for QUB and The Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacist Learning and Development. She has helped provide diabetes education for primary care teams through her involvement in Project ECHO NI. As a member of the NI Diabetes Strategy Group, Rosemary also contributes to strategic and planning decisions for diabetes management across NI.

More recently Rosemary led the Making Insulin Treatment Safer in Northern Ireland Project (MITS) which won the Royal College of Physicians Patient Safety Award in 2018. Having secured funding from the Health Foundation, the project is entering a second phase.

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