Biography

Harpreet Kaur Bassi is a senior teaching pharmacist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. In her clinical role (spread over two days) Harpreet specialises in Medical Education for the trust: working closely with NANIME, is the co-founder of the ‘Foundation Academic Training Programme Innovation Group’ ensuring clinically relevant, up to date and optimal integration of technology based learning (SCRIPT) Clinical commitment include Neurology & MFE wards, Responsible pharmacist for dispensary duties and pre-registration pharmacist prescribing education  

Harpreet is the first teaching pharmacist at the University of East Anglia Medical School. In her academic role (3 days a week) Harpreet lectures in pharmacology and prescribing. She is also Prescribing Theme lead across the MBBS course. Integrating prescribing as a theme throughout the MBBS course to better prepare medical students for the PSA. Harpreet is an avid digital technologist. With a background in programming and graphic design she released the first drug calculations App for medical students ‘MathaMedic’ Nov 2015  

Prior to this Harpreet was a prescribing pharmacist, specialised in anticoagulation. In this role Harpreet set up and ran VTE clinics with A&E and medical admissions. She was responsible for all in-patient anticoagulation control (via electronic prescribing and point of care devices) and nurse, pharmacist and Junior Dr education on VTE. As a result, Harpreet took on referrals for complex cases that required intense monitoring/dosing (such as oncology patient and IV Unfractionted Heparin)

Harpreet has a particular affinity towards acute medicine and high risks drugs, and has worked in areas to reduce risks and increase prescribing safety. Working at the grass root level as a junior pharmacist to senior specialist; Harpreet knows the value and impact that quality medical education can have on patient care. Passionate about medical education Harpreet has embarked upon an academic career at the UEA. As a practicing pharmacist, digital technologist and Yoga instructor:

Harpreet has a particular interest in patient safety through inter-professional education, technology enhanced learning and the role of Yoga/Mindfulness in healthcare professional resilience  

Beyond clinical academia Harpreet indulges her time in:

Yoga

  • Registered & licensed Kundalini Yoga instructor L1.

  • Founder of Authentic India (www.Authentic-India.co.uk)

  • UK Yoga Research group (London) member

  • All-Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Traditional Sciences (Yoga for NHS) Kundalini Yoga representative

Music

  • Trained in classical Indian music: Vocal, Harmonium & Sitar.

  • Performed nationally (competitions/TV/Radio) now teaches on a 1:1 basis

Art

Travel

  • Keen explorer of new lands, cultures and experiences: Vietnam, India, Cambodia, Europe to the Peruvian Amazon

Conact details

Harpreet.bassi@nnuh.nhs.uk

NNUH bleep #1287 (Tue/Thur)

Facebook #BassiMedEd

Twitter @BassiMedEd

 

Career History

 

  • Specialist Pharmacist – Medical Education, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital FT (0.4wte) Honorary Lecturer - Prescribing & Pharmacology, University of East Anglia School of Medicine (0.6wte) (2012-present]

  • Senior Specialist Pharmacist - Anticoagulation (2009-12) University Hospital Birmingham Queen Elizabeth, Birmingham

  • Relief Pharmacist – Locum cover (2010-11) Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham

  • Senior Pharmacist - Medical & Surgical Admissions (2007-09) Walsall Manor Hospital, Walsall

  • Rotational Junior Pharmacist (2005-07) New Cross Hospital Foundation Trust, Wolverhampton

  • Pre-registration Pharmacist (2004-05) Boots the Chemist, Wolverhampton

Academic Background

                                         

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (2015)

  • Masters in Higher Education Practice – Post Grad Certificate (PgCert-MAHep) University of East Anglia (2014)

  • Essential Management Skills Programme (EMSP) Clemorton (2012)

  • Anticoagulation Specialist training (20-Msc Credits) University of Birmingham (2011)

  • Registered Independent Prescribing Pharmacist (iPresc) General Pharmaceutical Council (2011)

  • Non-Medical prescribing (NMP) Keele University (2011)

  • Post Graduate Clinical Diploma (PgClinDip) Keele University (2007)

  • Registered Pharmacist (GPhC) General Pharmaceutical Council (2005)

  • Masters in Pharmacy (MPharm) Aston University (2004)

Other  

  • Kundalini Yoga Instructor (Level 1) Ik Saran Dhiyan International school of Kundalini Yoga (2014-15)

  • Sikh musicology: performance & composition (B.Mus Hon) Thames Valley University, London (2008-present)

  • Classical Music - Vocal & Sitar (NVQ Level 3) Sandwell College, Birmingham (1994 – 1998)

     

Key Research Interests

Medication safety and optimisation through Inter-professional education and technology enhanced learning (gamification in education) Role of yoga in healthcare professional resilience

 

Publications

2016

  • Bassi H. Prescribing Skills Assessment (PSA) British Pharmacological Society. Prescribe! E-learning module: safe prescribing and administration of drugs for the Eye. Available at www.prescribe.ac.uk(Digital Online)

  • Bassi H. Prescribing Skills Assessment (PSA) British Pharmacological Society. Prescribe! E-learning module: safe prescribing and administration of drugs for the Skin. Available at www.prescribe.ac.uk(Digital Online)

  • Bassi H. Prescribing Skills Assessment (PSA) British Pharmacological Society. Prescribe! E-learning module: safe prescribing and administration of drugs for the Ear. Available at www.prescribe.ac.uk(Digital Online)

     

2015

  • Bassi H, Wright D. Pharmacist led educational audit based intervention to improve safe prescribing for future junior doctors. (2015) Clinical pharmacy congress conference London (Conference Poster)

  • Bassi H, Bowker L, Holland R. Factors contributing towards poor junior doctor prescribing and how pharmacists can help: educational audit based intervention to improve safe prescribing.  Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME), Edinburgh (2015) (Conference Poster)

2014

  • Haider H, Bassi H. Evaluating the Accuracy of Pre-prandial Insulin Administration Times in Inpatients with Diabetes. (2014) Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Birmingham. (Conference Poster)

  • Haider H, Bassi H, Evaluating the Accuracy of Pre-prandial Insulin Administration Times in Inpatients with Diabetes. (2014) International Journal of Pharmacy Practice (Abstract)

  • Bassi H, Bowker L. Future models of care: Educational Intervention to increase hospital pharmacist exposure and investigate safe prescribing in undergraduate medical students: our future doctors. (2014)International Journal of Pharmacy Practice (Abstract)

  • Homer A, Bassi H. Pre-Prandial Insulin Administration in Inpatients with Diabetes. International Academic and Research conference (2014) (Conference Poster)

  • Bassi H, Bowker L. Educational Intervention to increase hospital pharmacist exposure and investigate safe prescribing in undergraduate medical students: our future doctors. (2014) Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Birmingham. (Conference Poster)

2013

  • H Bassi Satellite session: ‘Trust Me, I’m a pharmacist’ University of East Anglia Medical School and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Pharmacy management national forum November 12th 2013. London. (Conference Speaker)

  • L Bowker, P Grasby, H Bassi. Learning and working together to improve safety through better prescribing. An inter-professional education centre. May 17th 2013, Cardiff. Poster Exhibition (17) Undergraduate Pharmacy and medical formative OSCE: measuring the change in attitudes towards inter-professional learning. Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. (Conference Poster)

  • H Bassi, A Slee. Pharmacy management national forum November 12th 2013, London. Poster Exhibition. Beyond NPSA: making the administration of LMWH safer. University Hospitals Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth. (Conference Poster)

  • Bowker L, Bassi H, Grasby P, Hill A, Patel R. Pharmacy management national forum November 12th 2013. London. Poster Exhibition: Educating the future of our NHS: undergraduate Medical and Pharmacy Joint inter-professional training. University of East Anglia Medical school and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (Conference Poster)

  • Bassi H, Farrow C, Medicines Management Journal Face2Face Interview:  Senior Specialist Pharmacist Prescribing education. Available (2013) at www.pharman.co.uk/pharmacy-man-july-2013 http://tribiq.uberflip.com/i/140804/27 (Article)

  • H Bassi. Health Education England and University of East Anglia Centre for inter-professional practice conference, 15th August (2013). Queens Building UEA Norwich. Speaking for the Clinical Skills Recourse Centre Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital: Medical, Pharmacy and Nursing joint Inter Professional Learning. University of East Anglia Medical school and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. (Conference Speaker)

2012

  • Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Educations: Advances in anticoagulation – new oral treatments. Content development panel. Available at www.cppe.ac.uk/learning (Online & book)

  • H Bassi, S Begum, J Colemna, A Slee, J Hodson. UKCPA Autumn Symposium, November 2012, Belfast. Poster Exhibition. Using electronic prescribing records to audit parenteral Heparin infusions and coagulation control. University Hospitals Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth. (Conference Poster)

  • Bassi H, Lester W: Standard Computerised Revalidation Instrument for Prescribing (SCRIPT Project) Health Education West Midlands: Safe prescribing of Anticoagulation. Available at www.safeprescriber.co.uk(Digital Online)

2011

2005

  • Langley, C, Bassi H, HK, Smith, A, Marriott, JF & Wilson, KA 'A pilot study to evaluate the self-medication system for liver transplant patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham' (2005) Pharmacy world and science, vol 27, no. 2, PC-271, pp. A68. (Article)

Teaching Interests

Harpreet’s current teaching activity are aimed at improving prescribing skills for both undergraduate and graduate medical students: preparing them for the PSA and beyond. Harpreet is particularly interested in the use of Technology Enhanced Learning and Gamification in education. As a Pharmacist teaching Medical students Harpreet has an innate interest in Inter-professional Education, often quoted to say “if medics, pharmacists and nurses are expected to work as a team together: we should teach them together”

 

Teaching

MBBS course:

  • Pharmacology lectures/seminars across the MBBS course

  • Prescribing skills teaching seminars/shadowing/lectures/online support across the MBBS course

  • Year 2 Problem Based Learning Facilitator

  • Student Selected Study Tutor for Clinical Pharmacology, Year 3 MBBS

  • Clinical Audit supervisor

Post Graduate Medical Education

  • Medical Education lead for Prescribing Skills, Norfolk and Norwich Institute for medical education (NANIME). Foundation Year 1&2, Curricular development

  • Prescribing Skills Assessment lead for NANIME Foundation Year 1 – PSA resits & Non-UK Doctors

  • Junior Doctor educator & clinical teacher development

  • Non-Medical Prescriber teaching (Nurses/Pharmacists)

Assessment

  • Writing and Assessing SAQ, EMQ, MCQ’s

  • Student Selected Study Presentations

  • Standard setting Year 1&2 of MBBS written exam papers

  • Research paper marking Year 3

  • Clinical Audit marking Year 4

  • OSCE assessor – Pharmacology, Prescribing Skills and SIMMAN Year 1-5 MBBS course

  • Writing & Assessing IPL JCT Year 4 Medical & Pharmacy students, Year 3 Medical & Nursing students

Curricular development

  • Prescribing Skills Learning Outcome development and MBBS course mapping

  • Drug Calculations, Basic, Intermediate and Expert On-line tests and support across the MBBS course

  • Medical Education lead and curricular development for Prescribing Skills, Norfolk and Norwich Institute for medical education (NANIME). Foundation Year 1&2.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

External activities and indicators of esteem

  • Fellow of Academy of Higher Education, (FHEA) UK
  • Member of the UK Clinical Pharmacists (UKCPA), UK
  • Member of the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME), UK
  • Prescribing Skills Assessment National Exam Question writer & review panellist

  • Gamification lead for the (TEL) Technology Enhanced Learning specialist group for the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME), UK

 

Enterprise and Engagement

  • MathaMedic Medical student drug calculation App

  • Pharmacy management national forum November 12th 2013. London. Satellite session: ‘Trust Me, I’m a pharmacist’ my role as a teaching pharmacist at a Medical school. H Bassi University of East Anglia Medical school and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. (Conference speaker)

Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities

Management

  • Theme Lead for Prescribing across MBBS curriculum

  • Prescribing Skills Assessment: Lead for student support

  • Prescribing Lead for Inter-professional Learning

  • Co-lead for SSS Pharmacology & Prescribing Year 3 MBBS

Other

  • Personal Advisor for MBBS students