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Friday, 1 May 2009

Welsh Pharmacy Awards 2009

Last night I attended the Welsh Pharmacy Awards at Cardiff's City Hall. This was the first ever event of its kind hosted by the Welsh Chemist Review - a publication for pharmacists produced by Medical Communications Limited, based in Northern Ireland. Similar hosted events take place in Northern Ireland where GPs are also recognised for their service. It is so important that the role and contribution of health professionals in Wales are recognised and I hope that the outstanding achievements, service excellence, innovations and developments that are taking place in community and hospital pharmacy receive wider recognition. I have always enjoyed excellent working relationships with both my hospital pharmacy and community colleagues and have always valued our collaborative working for the benefit of patients.

It will be vitally important for the patients of Wales that all healthcare professionals work in harmony in the light of the forthcoming NHS reforms in Wales, and the tighter financial position that we are frequently warned of. Primary and community care is intended as the key focus for healthcare delivery, although it is inevitable that patients require specialist hospital intervention too. The only thing that matters to patients is that all these services including social care are provided at the right time in the right place and to the highest possible standards, consistently and reliably. This can only happen when all those professionals involved in the provision of health and social care work together effortlessly, respecting each others roles and skills.


The categories & nominations were:

This year there were 8 award categories:

* Business Development of the Year
* Innovation in Service Development
* Managing Healthcare Services in the Community
* Pharmaceutical Care
* Pharmacy Support Staff Training
* Pharmacy Technician of the Year
* Community Pharmacist of the Year
* Hospital Pharmacist of the Year


* Business Development of the Year Award
Andrew Mather, Fferyllfa Newport Pharmacy
Christine Campbell, St Athan's Pharmacy
Phil Bullen, Wellness Pharmacy

* Innovation in Service Development Award
Sarah Louise Blood, Wrexham Maelor Hospital
Ceri Williams, Rowlands Pharmacy, Porthmadog
Cherrie Temple, Boots UK, South Wales
Lloyds Pharmacy, Sway Road, Morriston

* Managing Healthcare Services in the Community Award
James Jenkins, The Co-operative Pharmacy, Rhondda Cynon Taff
Alexander Daghlian, Alexanders Pharmacy, Wrexham
Alison Sparkes, Sparkes Pharmacy, Neath
Lloyds Pharmacy, Marsh Street

* Pharmaceutical Care Award
Anita White, Wendy Griffiths Pharmacy
Rhodri Jenkins, The Co-operative Pharmacy, Pontycumer, Bridgend
Ruth Mitchell and the Pharmacy Team, Boots UK, St David's Centre, Cardiff
Sion Llewelyn, Rowlands Pharmacy, Bala

* Pharmacy Support Staff Training Award
Alexander Daghlian, Alexanders Pharmacies Ltd
Asda Stores, Pontprennau
Carol Hudson, Lloyds Pharmacy Gelligaer
Rowlands, Runcorn

* Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award
Melissa Roberts, Rowlands, Gwynedd
Catherine Daghlian, Alexanders Pharmacies Ltd
Kelly Hann, Lloyds Pharmacy, Morriston

* Community Pharmacist of the Year Award
Alwyn Fortune, The Co-operative Pharmacy
Ceri Williams, Rowlands Pharmacy, Porthmadog
Daniel Charles Jenkins, Lloyds Pharmacy, Port Talbot
Mike Wallington, Boots UK, Cardiff

* Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award
Farzana Mohammed, Royal Gwent Hospital
Sarah Louise Blood, Wrexham Maelor Hospital
Sian Evans, Velindre Cancer Centre
Richard White, Glan Clwyd Hospital

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