REID'S PHARMACY WINS NATIONAL AWARDS
The great and the good of pharmacy gathered at the House of Commons recently for a celebratory luncheon recognising the outstanding achievements of this year’s Independent Pharmacy Awards winners
When the guest list is made up of leaders from every main body in the pharmacy profession, you know it must be a very special occasion. And so it was for the recent Independent Pharmacy Awards luncheon, which was held for the first time at the House of Commons.
Attended by representatives from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, National Pharmacy Association, Community Pharmacy Wales, Community Pharmacy Scotland, NHS England and the Pharmacists’ Defence Association, together with sponsor organisations and winners and their guests, the event began with an address by Sir Kevin Barron, MP, and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Pharmacy, who revealed that he was planning to meet the new Pharmacy Minister, Steve Brine.
The Pharmacy Team Learning and Development award went to Reid’s Pharmacy in Edmonton, North London and was presented by the category’s sponsor, Clara Carter, sales director at Accord Health. Among the team’s many successes was achieving the Investors in People gold standard for the second time, an accolade only 2% of businesses achieve.
Terry Reid noted that there were many leaders present at the event. “Leadership carries great responsibility,” he said. “Leaders should also be able to find or create opportunity.” He was proud to receive the award on behalf of his team and told a story about a child throwing starfish into the sea, when the beach was awash with star fish. When asked what he was doing – as he couldn’t be making a difference – the child, picking up one and throwing it into the sea, said: “With that one I made a difference.”
The final award of the day was the Sigma Special Pharmacy Award that was presented to Terry Reid by Bharat Shah, managing director of Sigma Pharmaceuticals. Terry receives two free places at Sigma’s annual conference in Borneo in February 2018 courtesy of Sigma and Independent Community Pharmacist.
Inspirational community pharmacists hailed at Pharmacy Business Awards
Community pharmacy took centre stage in London last night as the Pharmacy Business Awards paid tribute to the best pharmacists and pharmacy teams across the UK.
Twelve awards were handed out at the event at the Intercontinental London – the O2, all of which recognised achievements in a variety of healthcare disciplines.
Pharmacy Team of the Year went to Reid’s Pharmacy in London, while Elena Falcone, who is member of staff at Reid’s Pharmacy, was named Pharmacy Assistant of the Year.
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