Today is World Pharmacist Day!
The theme for this year’s event: “Pharmacists: Caring for you,” has been chosen by FIP
to reflect the important role of pharmacists in providing care and to highlight the emotional connection they have with their patients. As just one example of this, we are sharing the story of community pharmacist Olutayo Arikawe, winner of our I Love My Pharmacist
2016 award. Starting from small beginnings, I Love my Pharmacist has grown in prestige and this year over 15,000 members of the public voted for their favourite pharmacist.
Olutayo has been the Pharmacist Manager at The Priory Community Pharmacy in Dudley for four years.
The pharmacy opened in 2008 in one of the most deprived areas of Dudley, where the community had very little access to healthcare services. After Olutayo joined in 2012 she was determined to make a difference to her local community. She started to organise training for her team so they could carry out health promotion sessions in and outside the pharmacy, for example in libraries, community centres, gyms and workplaces.
Olutayo helps patients improve their health in many other ways, from organising annual health funfairs for the community to organising carol services, promoting alcohol awareness and supporting alcohol dependent patients.
Dudley Public Health has recognised the work Olutayo and her team carry out around alcohol interventions. Her team gives advice to patients who find it difficult to drink within the suggested limits. They support patients with alcohol diaries and booklets and refer alcoholic-dependent patients on to specialists. Over a period of 13 months they reached 1,414 people resulting in 477 interventions. Her team also reach out to colleges to provide sexual health awareness and screening for students.
Her commitment doesn’t stop there. She is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, giving career advice and offers work placements for their students.
One of Olutayo’s patients, Mr M, said: “I could not have stopped smoking without the support of the staff at the pharmacy. Olutayo and her team are brilliant; they always have time for a chat, provide non-judgemental advice and information about quitting smoking and tailor their service for particular patients.”
Find out more about the other finalists in the I Love my Pharmacist
award and join in on Twitter #WorldPharmacistDay.