What do you not enjoy about your job?
I love my job. I am passionate about my profession and the part that I play in the bigger picture but there are some elements that challenge my thought. When a decision is made for change without the vision being properly shared – no matter how big or how small the change, for it to be effective, that vision has to be properly communicated with thorough stakeholder engagement at every level. So often this doesn’t happen which not only creates unrest and insecurities but can delay or prevent advancement.
I also have long felt that the initial education and training level is a stumbling block for our profession and should be higher, to not only support the level of knowledge and skills that we actually need to work as pharmacy technicians in the 21st century, but to also give us the professional recognition that colleagues in other professions have and allow for career progression and opportunities that are out there, particularly those in higher education.
Are you a member of any pharmacy organisations?
Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK
Who, if anyone, has influenced your career?
I have achieved things as a pharmacy technician that when starting out I would never have thought possible. Although I am self–motivated that is not enough, and I have been fortunate to have people around me who have encouraged and supported me in my career both at home and in the world of pharmacy.
The influence of the role models I have encountered on my journey cannot be underestimated, particularly when taking the giant leaps along the pathway. It continues to this day and is something that I will be forever grateful for.
What would you like to do next?
As far as I can, ensure that with the new Initial Education and Training Standards and irrespective of sector, that we are able to produce pharmacy technicians that will be working intra-professionally with the pharmacy team and multi-professionally with other healthcare professionals in improving and optimising patient-centred care and services.
Research is not a usual part of the pharmacy technician remit. Working in the School of Pharmacy and having undertaken research on pharmacy technician roles I realise the positive impact that this can have for our profession. There are so many capable pharmacy technicians out there and I would like to encourage and support others to do the same through research or projects to increase our visibility and credibility.
…and then retire!