Nottingham pharmacy technician wins industry award

June 10, 2010

Sally Clarke of  The Co-operative Pharmacy in Aspley has been crowned ‘Pharmacy Technician of the Year’ in the 2010 Awards run by the leading weekly magazine for retail pharmacists, Chemist+Druggist (C+D).

Sally picked up her trophy at a glittering ceremony in London’s Mayfair in front of an audience of around 500 people, including representatives from community pharmacy, wholesaling, the pharmaceutical industry and government.

Since joining the pharmacy 18 months ago, Sally has had a huge impact on the quality of services offered to the local community, most notably by her expansion of the ‘dosette box’ scheme which helps vulnerable patients to manage their medication more easily. Her efficient running of the store’s dispensary means that the branch pharmacist now has much more time than before to carry out important medicine usage reviews with patients.

Sally is also involved in the delivery of chlamydia testing and pregnancy advice, and has taken a lead role in the C-Card scheme, which dispenses contraception to 16-24 year-olds. She even runs study sessions at the pharmacy for colleagues across the region that are studying for NVQ qualifications.

Launched in 2008, the C+D Awards have quickly become the most prestigious awards in community pharmacy where entries from both multiple chains and small independents compete across 14 categories. The awards celebrate the people, services and organisations that have been at the forefront of community pharmacy practice in the UK and are judged by a blue-ribbon panel of industry experts comprised of the leading voices of the pharmacy industry. Each of the categories highlights the important role that UK pharmacists and their staff play in delivering pharmaceutical services that are respected worldwide.

The role of technicians in pharmacies is rapidly expanding, and entrants in this category had to demonstrate an eye for detail, an ability to multitask and – most of all – a willingness to go that extra mile. Good technicians help pharmacies run like clockwork, and nominees had to show how they had used their skills to the benefit of both patients and their working environment.

Pharmacy manager, Scott Fillis, says: “Sally is one of the most competent people I know.  She exudes a quiet confidence and professional maturity that goes far beyond her young age. To say that she has had a profound effect on our team is an understatement. She inspires all of her colleagues to perform at their best.”