You have an interest in respiratory. Why?
Helping smokers stop and stay stopped has been the most rewarding aspect of my career. I also get huge satisfaction in upskilling others to become experts in the area, from offering very brief advice (VBA) to more intensive support and treatment.
Tobacco dependence is a common co-morbidity with other respiratory illnesses. In 2014, I was appointed to the position of Barnet CCG Respiratory Lead Pharmacist. My main challenge was to make a difference to the respiratory QIPP (Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention).
The role was initially assigned for 3 months, but four years later I’m still really enjoying it.
As part of your impressive career, you have successfully upskilled with other diverse qualifications/training. Can you briefly describe these?
One of the most enjoyable courses I completed at Imperial College London was cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH), graduating with distinction. CBH teaches useful and practical strategies that I apply across all dimensions of my work/practice. It is, however, important to note, hypnotherapy is not an evidence-based treatment for tobacco dependency.
I offer NCSCT skills-based training, and to do this I needed to shadow and be shadowed by leading behaviour change specialists in the country. I’ve successfully completed every clinical and skills-based module on the NCSCT website and apply this to everyday practice; importantly it’s evidence-based medicine.
With experience, my style of counselling and teaching has evolved over the years, and I get great satisfaction in sharing simple, effective tools with colleagues and patients.
The RPS Faculty programme has been useful, it recognises prior work completed, helps to pull together achievements and identify portfolio gaps. Currently, I have 28 research items and 18 publications; research is a key part of my CPD.
I’ve recently completed an Independent Prescribing Course which compliments all my pharmacy roles.