What do you enjoy about your job?
Getting asked to do interviews such as this!
As you’ll see from the above roles, my background is in hospital pharmacy so it’s great to have a national role that enables me to interact with pharmacy colleagues across the country. I have learned so much more about the different settings that pharmacy professionals work in and the roles that they undertake.
I enjoy being able to support people to develop their knowledge and skills, through development and delivery of high-quality learning programmes. In order to provide safe and effective care for people who access pharmacy services, it’s important that education is aligned with clinical practice. As someone who loves pharmacy, I’m passionate about this aspect of my job because making a difference to patients is what we’re here for!
How much do you earn?
Equal pay is such an important topic for discussion and something we should explore more within pharmacy.
Thankfully, my salary is commensurate with colleagues in similar roles but I’d like that to be the case for my community pharmacy technician colleagues too.
What do you not enjoy about your job?
I love my job and the profession that I’ve chosen as a career, however being a pharmacy technician brings its own challenges. It’s often an invisible barrier because people make assumptions (usually based on the fact that our initial education and training is not at graduate level) leading to us being overlooked; we have to fight that bit harder for opportunities and recognition.
We need to hear pharmacy technicians’ voices at all levels, including at the top, because we have a wealth of experience that is different from pharmacists. Diversity of perspective stimulates conversation and can yield positive outcomes through solutions that others may not have envisioned.