PHARMACISTS SHORTLISTED IN NATIONAL COMPETITION ANNOUNCED
18 pharmacists from across Great Britain have been picked by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s I Love My Pharmacist panel to be the regional finalists and move forward into the next stage of the competition.
Running for the second year and in conjunction with media partner C+D, the national title will go to a pharmacist deemed to go above and beyond the call of duty in the name of excellent patient care.
The shortlisted regional finalists were chosen by a panel consisting of pharmacists professional experts and a patient champion. The next stage of the competition is a public vote.
Each of the chosen pharmacists now has the opportunity to reach the final where they will meet with the panel for a final interview and to determine the I Love My Pharmacist winner 2015.
The regional finalists represent the broad range of skills and disciplines practiced by Pharmacists across Great Britain.
There are 11 community pharmacists, working in small independent pharmacies, large supermarkets and high street pharmacy chains, all of whom have gone the extra mile in delivering excellent patient care – from offering additional services, exceptional patient care or taking the initiative in helping to relieve or prevent a health concern in their community.
In the final 18 there are also four hospital based pharmacists, one locum, one GP practice partner and a telephone operator for NHS 24 – showing therange of settings where pharmacists are using their skills to deliver great patient care.
The regional finalists are
- Wales; Owain Brooks, Ivana Wong and Dave Edwards
- Scotland; Jonathan Laird, Calum Nelson and Kate McCusker
- North England; David Halliwell, Mahraz Nickkho-Amiry and Lyndsey Stanley
- South England; David Stolton, Jane Smith and Emily Rose
- Midlands and the East; Shaheen Bhatia, Helen Watton and Shenu Barclay
- London and Kent; Christina Spyridou, Ravi Sharma and Karen Dophin
Britain’s pharmacists do much more than the public realise in order to support patients and the public. Unsung heroes, they work alongside GPs, nurses and hospital staff, providing expert advice and crucial services such as medication reviews and stop smoking services. Now the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the professional body representing pharmacists across Great Britain, wants to find Britain’s best loved pharmacist - the pharmacist who goes the extra mile for his or her local community.
Neal Patel, pharmacist and Head of Corporate Communications at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society said, “Pharmacists are an integral part of every local health service. Having access to expert, personalised advice is invaluable. Pharmacists support patients in settings including community pharmacies, hospitals and GP practices We want to celebrate the important role pharmacists play across the NHS. We have been overwhelmed with not only the volume, but also the high calibre, of the entrants. It’s fantastic to see that Britain’s pharmacists are constantly striving to be the care givers and high quality service providers we know them to be.”
The search for Britain's best loved pharmacist has begun. To vote visit www.ilovemypharmacist.co.uk by 29 September 2015.
Notes to Editors
About Royal Pharmaceutical Society
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is the professional membership body for pharmacists and pharmacy in Great Britain.
We advance the profession of pharmacy for public and patient benefit to secure the future of the profession and our members
We lead and promote the advancement of science, practice and education in pharmacy to shape and influence the future delivery of pharmacy driven services. We support and empower our members to improve health outcomes for society through professional guidance, networks and resources.
About the judging panel
- Ash Soni - the President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He has had his own community pharmacy for over 26 years and currently runs two in London.
- Reena Barai - is the 2014 winner of I Love My Pharmacist, as voted for by readers of Woman’s Weekly magazine. She is a community pharmacist and owns a pharmacy in Sutton, Surrey.
- Jennifer Richardson - is Editor of C+D, RPS media partner for I Love My Pharmacist. C+D has been informing, supporting and championing UK community pharmacy for over 150 years.
- Neal Patel - is Head of Corporate Communications at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Neal supports the profession by improving the public’s understanding of the role of pharmacists.
- Michael Mansfield - is a patient representative. Michael has been the patient of a GP-based pharmacist for several years, and believes the concept of being treated by a pharmacist in this setting works well.
Key Dates for ‘I Love My Pharmacist’
- 29 September – Voting closes
**Voters will automatically be entered into a prize draw- £100 voucher which may be redeemed at the winner’s chosen local pharmacy**
- 13 October – regional winners announced
- 27 October – panel interview of the regional winners
- 3 November – I Love My Pharmacist winner announced
Twitter handle: @ilovemypharm