“I have been practicing as a pharmacist for 10 years. My pharmacy journey began as a pre-registration pharmacist in a high street pharmacy based in Kelvedon, Essex. On qualification I took the opportunity to move to Norfolk to continue my development within community pharmacy and progressed from a store-based pharmacist to a pharmacy manager.
“When I sit and reflect on my career so far, I am proud that the profession has provided clear opportunities for me to develop my practice through both clinical and management courses.
“However, I feel that the challenge of leading a pharmacy team through the strain of the pandemic, managing the closure of a local branch, and seeing the impact it had on those members of staff and our patients really showed me how integral the pharmacy profession is to both our local communities and the healthcare system as a whole. I look back with pride at the consistent commitment to making a difference to patient care demonstrated by both myself and all of my colleagues within the profession – particularly through the pandemic.
“I have seen growth throughout the healthcare system and a positive shift in the perception of pharmacists who are now becoming more critical in the holistic care of a patient.”
“My journey and the learning from retail and community pharmacy has given me the platform to transition into a patient safety role within a community NHS trust. I feel that career pathways are broadening further with more opportunities for pharmacists to jump between different sectors and I strive to act as an ambassador for the profession through my interactions with patients and colleagues within a multidisciplinary team.
“I plan to develop my practice further in the future by becoming an independent prescriber while also developing my leadership and management skills so I can continue to promote a positive change in the care of patients within my trust.”