Are you a member of any pharmacy organisations?
Yes, I’m a career long member, and Fellow, of the Association of Pharmacy technicians UK (APTUK).
I’m part of the @WePharmacist community and also a member of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP) and the Primary Care Pharmacy Association (PCPA).
Who, if anyone, has influenced your career?
There are so many people who have influenced my career and supported me to get to where I am today that it wouldn’t be fair to name just a handful. I am fortunate to have been afforded the opportunity to thank most of my role models in person for their inspiration and guidance.
Key advice that I found helpful in my career and I think is useful to pass on to others considering their next step, “New jobs are supposed to challenge you. If you can already do everything that’s on the job description then it’s not going to develop you or your career. Go for it!”
What would you like to do next?
I’d like to drive up standards for the benefit of patients by continuing to support pharmacy professionals, with a particular focus on championing the capabilities of pharmacy technicians. There’s so much amazing work happening that goes under the radar; it should be showcased to empower pharmacy technicians to act on their ambition. I’d like to engage in research to form an evidence base that demonstrates the value of our contributions.
I’d also like to advocate for pharmacy technicians who experience difficulties. I want to enable them to access information and services where they can get advice to understand their rights and responsibilities before making key decisions.