You have an interest in respiratory. Why?
Fundamentally I am asthmatic.
I have done everything wrong once and now appreciates how others deal with it. I felt I could contribute the most to this therapeutic area on many levels -locally, regionally and within UK-tackling inadequacies within the system and had the desire and determination to make a difference despite many setbacks. I suppose, as an asthmatic patient, I felt that my annual review experience had been below par and I left my surgery fired up to develop my own reviews targeting what I felt was appropriate as a patient-focused, outcome driven and realistic intervention.
I could see first hand the benefits to patients very quickly when I started discussing in depth with them how they managed their respiratory condition and made suggestions to improve their control. It was very clear early on that this was a service what Community Pharmacy could deliver, shining a light on the profession.
When NRAD came to pass I had a further fire in my belly to drive onward and not shy away from the task ahead. In a nutshell, I will not ever give up on making suggestions and intervening in patients management and using every opportunity to educate and upskill patients and HCPs alike.
What advice would you give to a newly qualified pharmacist?
Get stuck in, it’s your career and if you have passion and drive to succeed -you will. You need to make it work for you by making it work for your patients. Get a speciality and don’t be shy to promote it. Don’t be bound by the typical roles and responsibilities -they are the foundation of greatness be bold and whatever you undertake to try to make it better than when you started and eventually it will become fantastic.
Work hard to make things better it isn’t easy but it is very rewarding personally. Be a trailblazer.
You will get stacks more out of it than you ever put into it. Don’t forget to enjoy the ride. It can be very satisfying but be prepared for the roller coaster of knocks and highs.