We were delighted to be joined by Miles Briggs MSP on the PIP podcast. Miles is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party MSP for Lothian. He is involved in quite a number of cross-party committees and notably for pharmacists he a member of the Health and Sport Committee. You can find out more about Mile’s voting record, his recent speeches, recent questions that he has asked of the Scottish government and recent motions he has brought forward here.
Why did you become a pharmacist?
When I was thinking about going to University I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. I felt that I needed a course that would offer flexibility in terms of career opportunities and Pharmacy seemed to fit well with that. I thought I’d want to go down the pharmaceutical industry route, but then as an undergraduate, I started working in community pharmacy, and also had exposure to military, hospital and prison pharmacy departments. I found that I really enjoyed patient contact, especially those who were more vulnerable as a result of their substance misuse or mental health problems and liked being able to apply my clinical knowledge.
We were proud to welcome pharmacist Anita White who is President of the National Association of Women Pharmacists (NAWP). We discussed all things pharmacy but particularly about the history and the future of the NAWP as well as some insights into Anita’s esteemed career.
Graham Thoms has recently taken on the role of CEO at PharmaDoctor. He has had a very interesting career in the pharmaceutical industry and was a pioneer of pharmacy-led flu vaccination services.
Professor Claire Anderson Chair of the English Pharmacy Board was kind enough to join us on the podcast to talk about her exciting new role in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and also some interesting topics of the day. Below are some of the areas we covered.
Jonathan Burton has worked in community pharmacy all his professional life. He founded and remains co-owner of The Right Medicine Pharmacy in Scotland. He has championed community pharmacy over the years and has applied his independent pharmacist prescribing qualification specifically in community pharmacy.
Andrew Evans is the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Wales. At Pharmacy in Practice, we were extremely proud to welcome Andrew on to the podcast to talk about all things pharmacy.
Ewan Maule is Head of Medicines Optimisation at Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group and has also recently been elected as the Vice President of the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists.
Pharmacist Jonathan Underhill is a Medicines Clinical Adviser at the NICE Medicines and Prescribing Programme. He is also currently Medicines Optimisation Lead at Keele University and a member of the scientific committee for the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists.
Andre Yeung is a pharmacist, NHS England Network Chair and architect of the Digital Minor Ailments Referral service. By his own admission, he is on a mission to make stuff better for patients. He was recently elected to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board. He topped the poll in England with 941 member votes.