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Congratulations to Darush Attar-Zadeh, Barnet CCG

Darush Attar-Zadeh, Barnet CCG was the winner in The Pharmacist awards for best respiratory service.

Congratulations to Darush Attar-Zadeh, Barnet CCG


Excerpts from the winning application:

Darush helps patients in community pharmacy, runs group inhaler and disease management sessions in GP practices for Asthma and COPD patients in Barnet as part of his respiratory lead role in the CCG.

Since smoking is the most commonly encountered and easily identifiable risk factor this should be the first treatment recommendation and encouraged at every opportunity, even if a person has attempted to stop on a number of occasions. "Smoking is a condition I sometimes refer to as "CRSD" (Chronic Relapsing Smoking Disease) and it’s normal for a person to have multiple quit attempts prior to going smokefree.

Darush coaches patients and all health care professionals on the use of medical devices in respiratory care. His techniques involve motivational interviewing and is a national expert and is routinely asked to be an expert speaker and facilitator.  He is an advocate for shared decision-making.

Currently in Barnet CCG 130 GP practice staff and 40 community pharmacy staff are Advanced Inhaler Trained.  The hands-on interactive training Darush runs tend to be inter-professional so all professionals understand the importance of each other’s role and that the community pharmacy staff reinforce but not replace the good work in primary care.

Darush likes to share his learnings and experience with others (with patients at the heart in any strategies)- see some links below.

He emphasises the London Respiratory Network's medicines optimisation messaging around safety first and saving second: true respiratory value is health outcomes/cost.

Some of his publications: