Ashok 'Ash' Soni OBE
English Pharmacy Board
Current occupation: Community pharmacist
Academic qualifications: Supplementary and Independent Prescriber, King’s College London and BSc Portsmouth
Professional awards: Honorary fellow of UCL School of Pharmacy and FRPharmS
Professional experience and particular interests: Ashok Soni OBE, is the Clinical Network Lead for Lambeth CCG. He also serves as the pharmacy and dentistry Board member for Health Education South London.
Ashok qualified as a pharmacist in 1984 and in 1990 he became one of the first pharmacists to work on a sessional basis for his local GP surgery and worked with them on developing formularies of best practice across a number of therapeutic areas.
In 2006, Ashok was part of the group that looked at the implementation of independent prescribing by pharmacists and following the development and launch of the curriculum he qualified as an independent prescriber in 2007. He used this to widen his scope of practice working as part of an integrated primary healthcare team with the local GP surgery.
In 2011, Ashok was appointed to the NHS Future Forum as the first pharmacist representative to review the proposed Health and Social Care Bill. He also jointly led the workstream on the role in the Public Health in the NHS. Ashok was previously Chair of the National Pharmacy Association and was Vice Chair of the English Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
He has utilised all these opportunities to drive the value of community pharmacy as part of primary healthcare and in Lambeth has led the Healthy Living Pharmacy programme. He has also led the development of 'Health Champions' across South London and commissioned vaccination training in this area.