March 2015

(James Allan from IPS Specials with Pauline Brown and Catherine McCusker )

Scotland’s pharmacy stars honoured

Scotland’s Pharmacy stars have been recognised at this year’s Scottish Pharmacist Ball and Awards in conjunction with Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) which returned on Saturday (7 March) for the sixth year running.

The top industry awards, which recognise and celebrate the contributions of pharmacy owners, pharmacists, technicians and counter assistants, as well as suppliers, policy makers and influential figures across Scotland, returned bigger and better than ever with a huge amount of entries received right across the country.

CPS Chief Executive, Harry McQuillan, was in attendance to welcome the 400 strong crowd of the industry’s professionals who gathered at Edinburgh’s International Conference Centre (EICC) to hear who would walk away with a prestigious ‘Chemi’ award.

IPS Specials supported the award for ‘Innovation and Change in Pharmacy Practice’ which was awarded to Macmillan Pharmacy Service for their innovative model of care that was conceptualised to support the advancement of PC clinical services from community pharmacy.  The service is the first of its kind in the UK.

Professionals were recognised across ten categories including, Pharmacist of the Future supported by Robert Gordon University and University of Strathclyde, Pharmacy Support Staff Member supported by RB UK, Innovation and Change in Pharmacy Practice supported by IPS Specials, Pharmacy Business Development supported by Actavis UK, Pharmacist of the Year supported by Teva UK, Pre Reg Student of the Year, Management of Long Term Conditions, supported by Wockhardt, Community Pharmacy Team of the Year, supported by NPA, Hospital Pharmacy Team of the Year supported by AAH Hospital Services and Outstanding Contribution to Pharmacy supported by RX systems. 

Maureen Delaney, organiser of the event said: “Scotland should be very proud of these healthcare professionals who are continuing to supply the best quality of pharmaceutical care across the country.  As usual, entries were at such an exceptionally high standard right across the board, making it very difficult for our judges.   We’re delighted to be back for our sixth year running and hope to continue to honour the industry’s most exemplary professionals and their leadership, influence and passion for pharmacy.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to enter this year’s awards, and congratulate all our winners and finalists.”

A full list of the winners and those shortlisted is available on the Scottish Pharmacist website www.scottishpharmacist.co.uk