We know pharmacists tragically passed away during the pandemic in active service to their profession.
Before and after the pandemic we know lives were cut short and we want to recognise those pharmacists that have dedicated their lives to patient care.
Nominations for our new Daniel Thomas Award, which recognises pharmacists or pharmaceutical scientists who lost their lives pursuing their chosen profession under the most difficult or challenging circumstances, are now open.
The award is in memory of Daniel Thomas, a pharmacist who died during the First World War in 1917 whilst working in an infirmary tent for the Royal Army Medical Corps.
The award is open to any RPS member who died while actively practising and is our official honour, recognising such dedicated service to pharmacy.
Claire Anderson, RPS President, said:
“Pharmacists work incredibly hard to ensure patients get the medicine they need to keep well and many do so while putting their own lives at risk. Many pharmacists who worked during COVID-19 gave their lives after contracting the virus at work.
“We want to honour the bravery and dedication of pharmacists who, like Daniel Thomas and those who worked during the pandemic, tragically lost their lives while at work.”
Paul Bennett, Chief Executive of RPS, said:
“The Daniel Thomas Award represents the bravery that pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists have displayed for centuries.
“Pharmacists continue to put patients first and this award honours those from the past who risked their own lives doing so.”
Recipients of the award will be announced at our Annual Conference in November and the families of recipients will also receive a personal letter and card acknowledging their loved one’s dedication to the profession.
For more information on how to nominate someone for the award.
More about RPS Honours and Fellowship.