We got together & had a chat about what it means to be a pharmacist & explored the existential crisis of identity that many pharmacists are grappling with.
Greg Lawton is a pharmacist specialising in patient and medicines safety, staffing, data protection, privacy and healthcare policy. We were lucky to catch up with Greg to have an in-depth conversation about dispensing errors in pharmacy.
Emma Fielding shares what the secret is to achieving a first class honours degree, what it is like to be a pharmacy technician and why she chose to return to university to study pharmacy.
Gavin Birchall is a pharmacist, designer and marketer who has created, led and marketed businesses at senior level and carried out the first research into the brand of pharmacy on the planet. Having spent 15 years in community pharmacy, practising in both independent and multiple owned pharmacies, Gavin has worked in academia, primary care and representation.
Ollie describes himself as a ‘typical GP who spins a few plates’. He is a PCN Clinical Director in Sheffield, has experience of commissioning for the NHS, still practises as a GP and also finds time to run his own health coaching company called Peak Health Coaching.
I have interacted with Professor Watson online over recent years so it was a pleasure to sit down with her recently. We chatted for three hours. I was intrigued and the time flew by. Margaret (Mags) has a wealth of experience and has spent the vast majority of her career working as a pharmacist in academia.
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.