How long have you been in your pharmacy role?
I started at South Tees in December 2015, firstly as the deputy chief pharmacist and then promoted to the chief pharmacist in December 2017.
What qualifications did you need and where did you gain them?
I started my pharmacy journey at the University of Sunderland where I obtained my Masters in pharmacy degree.
Once qualified I then completed my Clinical Diploma at Queens University, Belfast before moving back to the University of Sunderland to complete my independent prescribing qualification.
I then completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with the University of Manchester.
Within South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust there are plenty of opportunities for development. During my time here I’ve had the chance to complete courses such as human performance practitioner training, Dare to Lead training programme and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development short courses.
Tell us something about your role people might not be aware of
Currently, I’m a collaborative chair within the organisation which means I have oversight of pathology, radiology and medical physics in addition to pharmacy.
I’m also a director on the South Tees Healthcare Management Board and represent the North East and North Cumbria region at the national Acute Pharmacy Providers Advisory Group (APPAG).
What do you like about working at South Tees in pharmacy?
South Tees pharmacy is very much in development and the team is growing year on year.
The organisation recognises the importance of pharmacy services and provides the appropriate investment needed to improve patient safety.
For example, we’ve had a recent investment in a new EPMA system and automated medicines cabinets across all acute areas.
The aspect I enjoy most about my role is seeing the staff development within the team, the development opportunities within pharmacy are endless and we aspire to ensure every employee achieves their career goal.