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East Midlands health innovation to be showcased at international conference

A ground-breaking training project for junior doctors developed in Leicester and soon to be launched in Lincolnshire will be showcased to a global audience of health experts at an international event next Friday (24 April).

'ePIFFany' (Effective Prescribing Insight for the Future) is the only East Midlands initiative to be showcased via a workshop at the prestigious International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare, in London between 21 and 24 April.

It has been developed by Dr Rakesh Patel (pictured) from the Department of Medical and Social Care Education and was pioneered at Leicester General Hospital. With funding and support from the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN), Health Education East Midlands (HEEM) and Pfizer, the innovative project is to be launched later this year in two Lincolnshire hospitals, and could soon be spread to other areas of the UK.

'ePIFFany' was developed in response to evidence showing junior doctors in their foundation years make prescribing errors at up to twice the rate of other health professionals, risking patient safety and leading to people staying in hospital longer than they need to.

As well as improved training techniques, the project also aims to increase junior doctors’ well-being, ensuring they stay in the East Midlands and to see it as a great place to build their career.

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