RPS Scotland is delighted that seven pharmacists in Scotland received Fellowships this month. Clare Morrison, Director for Scotland, said: “Each member has made a significant contribution to the profession throughout their career and has demonstrated commitment, leadership and excellence in their fields. I congratulate them all on their well-deserved recognition.”
The seven members receiving Fellowships are:
Matt is Director of Operations at Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS). He also still practices when he can on the frontline as a locum community pharmacist. Working with the CPS team, he has had a visible, supportive role informing the network throughout the pandemic. Matt has ably represented community pharmacy in discussions with Government and other stakeholders. He has significant experience of supporting and developing community pharmacy services for the pharmacy network and people of Scotland.
Aileen had a portfolio career over several sectors of the profession which focused on promoting the clinical role of pharmacists. She was at the vanguard of primary care as a senior manager in the NHS leading the way in placing pharmacists into GP practices. As a deputy director and policy lead in RPS she promoted and represented the profession on many public platforms and in the media. Her policy and advocacy work achieved changes to public policy in both Westminster and Holyrood parliaments.
Leanne is best known in Scotland as a multi award-winning community pharmacy contractor who delivers high quality services to meet the needs of her local patient population. She is a leading-edge pharmacist prescriber who has been instrumental in realising the Scottish Government’s vision to have independent pharmacist prescribers using clinical skills to examine and treat patients in the community pharmacy setting.
Martin has had a distinguished career in community pharmacy. He has been a member of the GG&C Pharmacy Contractors Committee was asked to represent the Committee on the Board of the Scottish Pharmaceutical General Council, now Community Pharmacy Scotland. He was elected Chair in 2007, a position he still holds. He has also been a member of the RPS Scottish Pharmacy Board.
Sean’s main area of interest is the safe prescribing of medicines. He is a lead pharmacist in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde supporting quality improvement and medicines management activities through the effective analysis of prescription data. He has led on the development and implementation of digital tools which identify patients with potentially inappropriate prescribing or poor adherence. He has also undertaken research into using prescribing data as a tool to improve prescribing quality.
Gordon is the Programme Director for the Highland Pharmacy Education & Research Centre, which he set up in NHS Highland in 2015. This is a portfolio post, where he spends 50% of his time in a direct patient-facing clinical role as an Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner in General Practice, and the remainder is split between research and leading education & training across the Highlands & Islands. He promotes the use of pharmacists as clinicians in advanced clinical roles and has been involved in the development of key clinical and educational governance frameworks to support this.
Catriona is a community pharmacist in the Highlands who has sought to continually develop and improve services, to drive change across the profession at a local and national level, and to ensure pharmacy is valued and recognised by other professions. She sits on a number of committees including CPS Board, chair of NHS Highland Area Pharmaceutical Committee and vice chair of the NHS Highland Area Clinical Forum. She was involved in the Scottish Patient Safety Programme as one of the first community pharmacies to test and develop tools to improve the safe use of NSAIDs.