Meet the pharmacists proving why this year's World Pharmacists Day theme is spot on
From vaccinations and medicines optimisation, to spotting cancer symptoms and providing mental health support, these are just some of the activities pharmacists do to prove that pharmacy can always be trusted for your health
September 25 marks World Pharmacists Day, the annual, global event to celebrate and promote the profession.
This year’s theme is entitled ‘Pharmacy: Always trusted for your health’ and is a motto that C+D readers live every day, but no more so than the pharmacists crowned C+D Award winners in 2020.
See below a summary of their achievements and click through to read their award-winning stories in full.
“This is the kind of thing I did pharmacy for, where I go home, and I think, ‘Okay, I made a difference today’”
Pharmacist Sukhy Somal and her team go the extra mile – sometimes literally – to ensure patients are not left without medicines.
“My passion for helping to treat cancer came before my own diagnosis”
Jackie Lewis has developed a new training programme for pharmacy staff to spot cancer symptoms in walk-in patients.
“It’s not just medicines pharmacy teams deal with every day”
You don’t need the extensive CV that pharmacist Sally Farmer has stacked up to be crowned a C+D Award winner, but a love of pharmacy certainly helps get you through the tougher times.
Read what else Ms Farmer does on a day-to-day basis here.
“When you start helping your patients, you don’t notice their weight loss as much as the light coming back in their eyes”
About five years ago, pharmacist Graham Phillips devised a service that would help prevent obesity and high blood pressure, as well as reverse type 2 diabetes.
Read about how Mr Phillips' service is helping patients here.
“Everything is linked to mental health and wellbeing. But since COVID-19, I’ve realised we need to do more to help people in the community”
Pharmacist Shabbir Mellick was recognised for both his outreach work around mental health issues in homeless people in south London, and for events he has organised across schools, universities, spiritual institutions and elsewhere to promote mental health.