NASEEM Sadiq, 47, a community pharmacist in Glenrothes is the Scottish winner of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) I love My Pharmacist Award 2016.
Naseem has worked at Dears Pharmacy for 10 years and now goes forward to represent Scotland in the national award. The 6 regional finalists will meet the I Love My Pharmacist judging panel in September, who will then choose the winner.
Naseem told Pharmacy in Practice: “I was pleasantly surprised to be announced as the Scottish regional finalist. I believe that all the Scottish candidates have really contributed to community pharmacy. The award represents a personal achievement for me.
“I would like to recognise Michelle, Roisin, Elaine, Gillian, Fiona, Jennifer, Marion, Chloe (including Dani and Tracey) – the pharmacy team at Dears pharmacy, Glenrothes who made me the pharmacist I am today.
“We received tremendous support from our local community who voted with pride and open hearts, wishing me luck and I was humbled by them all.
“Reaching the finals has made me reflect on my pharmacy career, and indeed it has motivated me to serve further in my local community.
“Looking towards my national chances, I feel excited and look forward to representing Scotland in London.”
Local GP at the Pitteuchar Health Centre, Dr N Garvey said: “I am delighted that Naseem has won the regional prize and is now a finalist for the I Love My Pharmacist Award – he will be receiving my full support. Naseem is actively involved in the local area, providing a comprehensive pharmacy service, including outwith the pharmacy building as he undertakes home visits when necessary.”
Fellow GP at the Pitteuchar Health Centre, Dr David L Carlyle, also welcomed Naseem’s success in the Award to date, and said: “I was very pleased to hear that our local pharmacist Naseem was the regional winner. Having worked alongside him for the past 10 years, the feedback from patients has always been extremely positive and his implementation of the NHS Minor Ailment Service has been appreciated by us and the community at large. We look forward to continue working with and alongside him for many years in the future.”
Local patient, Louise Conway, also welcomed the news and said: “I think its brilliant and I am excited that Naseem is in the final. He offers a great service and I always come to his pharmacy”.
Scottish Pharmacy Board Chair, Dr John McAnaw said: “We’ve had a fantastic response from the public in choosing who their favourite Scottish finalist is, which I believe shows just how much the public value the role of pharmacists. I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to vote.
“I’m delighted for Naseem and wish him all the very best for the national finals, I’m sure he’ll do us all proud!”