Our #wearepharmacy campaign is celebrating and recognising pharmacy. Celebrating the diversity of roles and the ways in which you touch people’s lives.

Why? Because you inspire us! What you do is amazing. Every day you save lives, protect our health, advise health professionals, reassure people and build trust in our profession.

We're proud to support every single one of you.

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Meet our members...

Meet Ade…

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Lead pharmacist at Bedminster’s award-winning Healthy Living Pharmacy, Ade and his team don’t just treat common ailments: they also keep an eye out for symptoms of serious illnesses and educate patients to make better lifestyle choices.

Many of Ade’s patients suffer from poor health caused by bad habits that other patients mostly avoid. Fortunately, Ade and his team encourage any health and medicine related queries, and are available for every patient who comes through their door - many of whom were unaware that pharmacists could offer private rooms to discuss problems in confidence!

Shocked a third of people in the South-West can’t name any symptoms of bowel cancer, Ade and his team covered their pharmacy with bowel cancer awareness messages and hit the radio waves to spread the word! They also gave pancreatic cancer awareness the same focus with Ade now an ambassador of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Charity.

Ade’s partnerships with charities, GPs, local businesses and media have educated his patients about spotting common symptoms and the importance of early diagnosis of cancers.

Ade is a pharmacist…and he saves lives.

 

Meet Sommaya...

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As a prison pharmacist working across 11 secure institutions, her work routine is very different from most people's. 

It's a tough job! Longer sentences mean prisoners are getting older and many have physical disabilities, so it's a balancing act between medicines management and adherence to prison security. 

A large cohort of prisoners have a history of substance misuse, self harm and poor mental health in general. But this means her medicines expertise can make a real difference to the lives of prisoners. 

By risk-assessing patients, reviewing their medicine and making sure they take their medicines, Sommaya's team is improving prison life for everyone. And pharmacists and pharmacy technicians now manage clinics for long term conditions, pain management and MDT, as well as helping to train prison staff in medicines management. Despite the high-security setting, Sommaya and her pharmacy team treat their patients just like any other. 

Sommaya is a pharmacist...and she's there to help everyone.

Meet Haifa...

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A consultant pharmacist, Haifa looks after heart and lung transplant patients and those with ‘mechanical heart pumps’ at the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital, one of  the largest specialist heart and lung centres in UK. It’s a tough job but she does it with a big smile and heaps of enthusiasm.

Her passionate belief in pharmacists has persuaded the whole hospital of their value.

Every day Haifa pushes boundaries, meets challenges and makes life-or-death decisions for medically very complex patients requiring intensive care before, during and after their transplants.

Thanks to Haifa, pharmacists are now an integral part of MDTs: they check drug charts, review, stop and start drugs, manage drug interactions, provide lifelong support through medicines optimisation clinics, educate patients to administer therapy and even prescribe the anti-rejection medicines.

Haifa is a pharmacist...and she saves lives. 

Meet Paul...

Paul A community pharmacist in Bexhill-on-Sea, Paul is a firm believer in supporting and training his team so they can spend more time with patients.

Paul utilises his clinical knowledge and uses the Medicines Use Review (MUR) service to advise prescribers and GPs about patient outcomes from their use of medicines.

Paul recently helped a patient who needed to pee every two hours at night. After Paul reviewed her bladder control medicines and recommended some changes she now enjoys an uninterrupted sleep every night without needing the toilet.

Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference to people!

Paul is a pharmacist...and he makes people's live better.

Meet Shirin...

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A pharmacy manager and RPS ambassador, Shirin’s professional life is a busy whirlwind!

On any given day she might be training pharmacy technicians, reviewing medications, responding to media requests for the RPS, supporting other healthcare professionals with advice or managing her own community pharmacy team.

Shirin's role in safeguarding her patients is vital: just this week she stopped three hospital admissions, reviewed medicines for another 14 patients and checked that all her patients on anti-inflammatories were also taking the appropriate protections for their stomachs.

Shirin is a pharmacist...and she loves her job.

Meet Sarah…

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A Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Liver and Private Patient Services at King’s College Hospital, Sarah leads on the pharmacy service for transition liver patients. 

Sarah supports patients with a variety of liver conditions, and their families. Liver intensive research is very limited, so when faced with complex problems, she has to think on her feet and get creative! 

Whether she’s helping doctors, supporting nurses, screening medication charts, supplying medications not kept on wards, attending consultant-led ward rounds, or prescribing, amending and deleting medications - it’s all in a day’s work for Sarah!

Sarah is a pharmacist…and she saves lives.

 

Meet Sital...

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Specialist Hepatology Pharmacist at King's College Hospital, Sital leads Hep C treatment delivery across South East London.

One day she treats patients at the pharmacist-led treatment clinic, the next she’ll be travelling around South London on a mobile bus testing, diagnosing and treating the homeless.

But that’s not all: Sital also works with local GP practices and prison healthcare providers to develop and improve new hepatitis C treatment pathways.

Highly skilled, creative and an expert in medicine, Sital’s expertise helps every single patient on the ward. 

Sital is a pharmacist…and she saves lives.

Meet Margaret...

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A Community Pharmacist in Banwell, North Somerset, Margaret piloted a ground-breaking service to improve early detection of dementia in her village.

Margaret and her team know their customers well, so they offer a chat and mini cognitive test to anyone they're concerned might be beginning to suffer from memory loss. 

By inspiring the whole pharmacy team to get involved, Margaret has been able to make the service available throughout the day.

Of those assessed by Margaret and her team, over a quarter had noticed a significant change in their memory. Now, with earlier detection of dementia, they can be referred to other health services for better support.

Margaret is a pharmacist and a friend...and every day she makes people’s lives better!

Meet Poonam...

Poonam webA Lead Pharmacist specialising in paediatric oncology and haematology, Poonam Lumb's special interest is in bone marrow transplantation.

 Poonam and her colleagues care for incredibly sick children, from across the world, with complex conditions day in and day out.

Poonam has to find ways to make life saving medicines safe and effective in children who are unable to swallow due to the side effects of their treatment… children who are sedated and can only receive their medications, and food, via their veins.

Poonam is a pharmacist...and she saves lives.

Meet Caroline...

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A Specialist Women's & Children's Pharmacist at Imperial College, Caroline is a vital part of a multidisciplinary team who look after pregnant women with complex medical conditions, such as HIV, renal transplants and haematological disorders.

They also take care of a thousand babies a year, ensuring medicines are safe for them to take.

Caroline is always there, teaching children how to take medicines and use medical devices to take control of their conditions, supporting the team and families with a smile and providing first class medicine advice 24/7. 

Caroline is a pharmacist …and she saves lives!

We'll be adding more members every week...


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