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RPS Pharma Scene #13 - 'Say My Name'

With Gautam Paul and Helen Chang

This episode, RPS Head of Professional Belonging Aman Doll is joined by two guests to speak about the origins of their names, and what they mean to them. Helen Chang, RPS Head of Professional Development, speaks about having to change her name after arriving in the UK at a young age, and Gautam Paul, a pharmacist at Nottingham School of Pharmacy and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, tells us about his experiences in the workplace and his social life.

'Say My Name' is named after the Destiny's Child song, which Aman and Gautam would write mock verses for  when they experienced wrong pronunciations of their names in the workplace as pharmacists. 

All three speakers on the episode talk about meanings behind their names, their cultural heritage, having to change them in the UK, and give us personal anecdotes and experiences along the way.


About Gautam 

Gautam Paul, a pharmacist at Nottingham School of Pharmacy and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Gautam is a pharmacist with a background in hospital and academia, and currently works for the University of Nottingham School of Pharmacy and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Gautam (pronounced Go-Tum) means “bringer of light, remover of darkness”. Paul derives from Pal and means “protector”.

About Helen

Helen Chang, Head of Professional Development at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Helen is the Head of Professional Development at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Her role involves managing and developing products, guidance and support for pharmacy students, foundation trainees and newly qualified pharmacists to support their education, and professional and career development. She is also currently undertaking a PhD in pharmacy education and is a community pharmacist by background.

Hear about why Helen Chang is not her true name and why she had to change her name to become registered as a pharmacist. Helen also explains why her name is important to her and shares the meaning of her name.


RPS Pharma Scene #12 - Working Abroad

With Tania Thomas

This episode, RPS English Pharmacy Board member Ciara Duffy is joined by Tania Thomas, VP of Global Regulatory & Medical Affairs at Opiant Pharmaceuticals.

Having worked in industry in Europe, Middle East and the US, Tania gives Pharma Scene listeners advice on moving to work abroad - from what to take with you and prepare, to what to expect.

From voluntary work at the Olympics in Doping Control, to a Creative Writing course at Oxford University, Tania has a varied career in industry and beyond.


About Tania

Tania Thomas, VP of Global Regulatory & Medical Affairs at Opiant Pharmaceuticals

Tania Thomas MRPharmS is an overseas Pharmacist, RPS member, and is currently the VP of Global Regulatory & Medical Affairs at Opiant Pharmaceuticals working on medicines for the treatment of addictions and drug overdose.

Originally from Greece, Tania has over 20 years' experience in US/Global Regulatory Affairs roles across Europe, the Middle East and the US, including previous Pharmaceutical Assessor experience at MHRA.

Tania has a passion for coaching the new generation of talent and has previously volunteered at the Olympics in Doping Control.

 

RPS Pharma Scene #11 - Gillian Renouf

This episode, RPS English Pharmacy Board member Ciara Duffy is joined by Gillian Renouf, Head of Quality UK and Ireland at Novartis, and Chair of the RPS Qualified Person Assessment Panel.

Gillian talks about working as a pharmacist in industry, who and what has inspired her over the years, and why now is an extremely exciting time to work in pharmacy.


About Gillian

Gillian Renouf, Head of Quality UK and Ireland at Novartis, and Chair of the RPS Qualified Person Assessment Panel

Gillian studied her pharmacy degree and masters at the University of Brighton, before working as a hospital pharmacist.

She then joined Eli Lilly, where she provided Quality and Regulatory leadership and technical input as part of the contract manufacturing organisation support team.

Now as Country Quality Head in UK and Ireland, Gillian is accountable for all Clinical and commercial GXP operations for Sandoz and Novartis UK and Ireland.

Listen again

Did you miss an episode? Don't worry, every RPS Pharma Scene is available to listen again below.

Episode 10

With Chief Pharmacist Ben Hannan!

Episode 9

With Kindeva Drug Delivery!

RPS Pharma Scene episode 8

A long-lost gramophone recording from 1888, made by the RPS' first female member, Fanny Elizabeth Potter.

RPS Pharma Scene episode 7

With Lubna Kerr - comedian, playwright, actress - and pharmacist!

RPS Pharma Scene episode 6

In conversation with Sir RIchard Sykes

RPS Pharma Scene episode 5

Black History Month, with Tase Oputu and Adanna Anthony-Okeke

RPS Pharma Scene episode 4

Allyship, with Farzana Haq and Mike Maguire

RPS Pharma Scene episode 3

The role of Industrial Pharmacy, with Nathalie Moll and Sunayana Shah

RPS Pharma Scene episode 2

Blockchain Technology and the future of Pharmacy, with Dr Kirit Virdee

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With Professor Dame Sally Davies