Paracetamol mystery shopper initiative scoops international pain award

Posted on 14 May 2015 (Permalink)

A mystery shopper initiative, supported by WMAHSN and seeking to check amount of paracetamol for pain that anyone can purchase over the counter from non-pharmacy shops, has scooped an international award. 

The mystery shopper initiative won second prize in the "Pain-general" category of the Grünenthal Pain Awards. The Grünenthal Pain Awards are open for entries from individuals, groups and collaborative projects that bring together professionals from various disciplines to submit projects in pain management that show innovation and a significant improvement in patient care.

The initiative found that over 20% of non-pharmacy shops in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent sold more paracetamol than the legal limit.   

Dr Ruth Chambers, clinical lead for long term conditions at WMAHSN, Tania Cork, chief operating officer for North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Local Pharmaceutical Committee and Phill Molloy, year three medical student at Keele University, were on hand to collect the award at the award ceremony in Glasgow. 

Ruth said: "The initiative was one of five awards across the UK and we were awarded £3,000 to use on the project. It was a very inspiring award ceremony, with posters and updates from several of the winners from 2012 - 2014 who have taken their projects to the next stage and made a real difference to patients’ lives regarding safety and pain relief."

For more information on the Grünenthal Pain Awards, go to their website