Career Spotlight: Claire Cooper, Pharmacy Manager

What is your role now?
I am currently a Pharmacy manager of two pharmacies. I look after the day to day running of them and all staff who work there. I am a huge believer in pharmacy services, so we care currently in the process of getting both pharmacies registered as Healthy Living Pharmacies.
What roles did you do to get to where you are now?
I started as a Saturday girl after school with Lloyds and trained up as a Dispensing Technician. I worked in different types of pharmacies for a few years while training. I then went to work for Public Health as their Health Champion and I ran weight management services within G.P surgeries. It was a permanent role, so once ended, I went back into pharmacy.


What do you enjoy about your job?
I love working alongside a great team with some great people and helping patients. However small, I like to know I can make a difference in somebody’s life.
How much do you earn?
What do you not enjoy about your job?
The travelling to work is over 30miles. I do 60 miles each day. Some patients can be extremely ungrateful when you try your hardest, which sometimes gets you down.
Are you a member of any pharmacy organisations?

APTUK. Registered on the GPHC
Who, if anyone, has influenced your career?

Michelle Dyoss, she believed in me and believed I could accomplish anything if I worked hard enough, and gave me a wonderful opportunity working within Public health. She is now one of my closest friends.
What would you like to do next?
I would love to move back into Public Health England and be involved with decisions before they are sent down to the working pharmacy to make a real difference for not just patients but the teams that work within pharmacy.

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