Gold Star Projects

At Meds IQ, we love hearing what you've been up to to ensure that medication safety remains a priority for paediatric research and practice.

This month, the Meds IQ Team would like to particularly highlight the following projects:

  • Novel ways demonstrate excellent improvement in compliance with Trust antimicrobial prescribing guidelines
  • The use of Pillglide in Children: A Pilot Study



Novel ways demonstrate excellent improvement in compliance with Trust antimicrobial prescribing guidelines

Submitted by Gita Modgil, Consultant Paediatrician, Lead Paediatric Diabetes, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Taunton

As a local Meds IQ champion I am proud to summarise our local results in an effort to improve the adherence to our Trust’s antimicrobial prescribing policies as well as preventing potential harm to children on antibiotics.

There are gold standards for routine prescribing of antibiotics including documentation of indication, allergies and duration of course. Minimising unnecessary or unnecessarily long courses of antibiotic therapy does have a positive effect on bacterial resistance rates and healthcare associated infection such as Clostridium difficile.


Locally, our paediatric team have been successful in raising this adherence from 15% to consistently between 80 – 100% by local rapid audits over the past 3 years. Success is attributed to consultant ownership of the project with delegated junior ownership of the project on a 4 monthly basis, as well as the involvement and support of the nursing teams and pharmacists. Minimal changes to our prescribing charts in the form of a pink sticker (highlighting allergies/indication/duration), promotion of individual good practice as well as a novel advertising campaign has further enhanced our success.


Paediatric Antibiotic Prescribing - Allergies / Indication / Duration 

Monthly Rapid Audit – October 2011 to October 2015 


Paediatric Antibiotic Prescribing - Monthly Rapid Audit


The use of Pillglide in Children: A Pilot Study   

Submitted by Kerry Hinton, CEO, Medicines by Design

Studies have shown over 50% of people (70% of children / young adults)  have reported issues swallowing tablets and capsules. The most frequent reasons cited were the tablets / capsules being to big, becoming stuck in the throat and having an unpleasant taste / odour.


Pill glide has been developed to help make swallowing tablets / capsules easier which has proved especially valuable when trying to transition children and adults from liquid preparations to more commonly available tablets or capsules. Pill Glide works by creating a thin, lubricating, flavored coating around your pills.  Just spray two to three times in your mouth, put the pill on your tongue and swallow with a few sips of water. 


Pill Glide is being used by a number of hospitals, learning and disability centres and care homes to help patients overcome difficulties. A number of studies have been conducted with peadiatric patients and have shown great success in transitioning patients from liquids to tablets, improving compliance and reducing the cost burden to the NHS.


For more information, please see the link to a poster presentation of a pilot study looking at the use of Pillglide in Children.