What advice would you give to a newly qualified pharmacist?
Whichever pharmacy path you decide to follow always remember to keep the patient at the heart of your actions and if working in a patient facing role at every opportunity look at your patient, listen to your patient and talk to your patient. Be proud to be a pharmacist and remember the best way to do a great job is to love what you do.
Are you a member of any professional bodies? Which ones and why are you a member?
I am a member of the pharmacy bodies RPS, GHP and UKCPA, and specifically for respiratory BTS (British Thoracic Society), Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS), Interstitial Lung Disease – Interdisciplinary Network (ILD-INN), UK Inhaler Group (UKIG) as well as supporting a number of charities for respiratory – Anaphylaxis campaign, Action for pulmonary fibrosis, BLF and Asthma UK.
What has been your proudest moment so far as a pharmacist?
I have been very fortunate to have many moments in my career I am proud off. I would say my proudest moments are being awarded a Fellow of the RPS, being nominated for a hospital Caring at its Best award by a patient, and the success of the inhaler device 7-Steps to Success materials and the inclusion of this in the UK inhaler group standards.
Are you optimistic about the future of pharmacy in the UK?
Yes. I truly believe the future of our profession is bright but we all have to help to make this happen by leading and embracing change. I would like to see pharmacists leading the discussions around medicines, with doctors diagnosing, pharmacists prescribing and supporting patients to achieve good outcomes from medicines, and pharmacy technicians leading on dispensing and technical processes and supporting medicine management). The pharmacy team needs to be fully integrated within the wider healthcare in all aspects of care throughout the patient pathway.
What do you enjoy to do outside of work?
Maintaining a work-life balance can be difficult at times but extremely important. I enjoy spending time with my fantastic family and friends, as well as playing netball, squash, swimming, cycling, walking and running. I love my garden, especially growing my own fruit and vegetables, making chutneys, baking, cooking, any live music and travelling in my campervan!
What’s next for you?
More of the same but possibly in a different way. Hopefully, I can continue to inspire, push the boundaries and open new doors for our profession, in supporting people with respiratory disease.