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RPS crowns I Love My Pharmacist winner

Emily Rose: "It is a real honour to win"

Bristol hospital pharmacist Emily Rose scooped the award for her "outstanding" work with arthritis patients, says the RPS

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has revealed the winner of its competition to find the nation’s favourite pharmacist.

Emily Rose, pharmacist at Bristol’s Southmead Hospital, was selected from six regional winners as the winner of the second annual I Love My Pharmacist competition. A panel of judges, including last year's winner Reena Barai and C+D editor Jennifer Richardson, picked Ms Rose for her “outstanding contribution to rheumatoid arthritis care”, the RPS announced today (November 3).

Ms Rose – who the public had already voted as the competition's regional winner for the south of England – met the judges for a "tense" round of interviews last week (October 27), the RPS said. She spoke about how her review of medicines monitoring and prescribing at the hospital led her to create a "groundbreaking" treatment pathway for arthritis patients, it said. 

Ms Rose told C+D it is "a real honour” to win this year's competition – which launched in June with C+D as its only media partner – after being encouraged to enter by two colleagues. 

“[Pharmacists] don’t go the extra mile every day for prizes or for glory; we do it for our patients. But it is also nice to get some recognition,” she added. 

"It was a real pleasure to meet all the regional winners and hear their stories, and very tought to pick just one overall winner from such an impressive group," said Ms Richardson. "But, in the end, Emily stood out for her winning combination of clinical excellence and clear patient focus."

Pharmacy minister Alistair Burt, who threw his support behind the competition in August, extended his "huge congratulations" to Ms Rose for winning the competition “among such a talented field”, the RPS reported.

RPS president Ash Soni said he is “delighted with...the vast number of entries and votes from all over the UK” that the competition received. "We are looking forward to next year's competition being even bigger and better," he added.  


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Chris ., Community pharmacist

“[Pharmacists] don’t go the extra mile every day for prizes or for glory; we do it for our patients. But it is also nice to get some recognition,” So why enter a competition for a prize and glory?....

Chris Locum, Locum pharmacist

Congratulations ! No mention of the pharmacy minister throwing any financial support around though!

Gerry Diamond, Primary care pharmacist

Congratulations! And congratulations to all pharmacists who continue to deliver for the NHS and their patients without any formal recognition too.

London Locum, Locum pharmacist

A complete and utter waste of time. You have a company selling confidential patient data and this is the crap that's o concern. Which Pharmacist can be as subservient as possible for some vouchers for supermarket vouchers or cheap wine. Unbelievable. Only in the fantasy land of Community Pharmacy.

Peter John Walker, Manager

Not to clear why you continue to be a pharmacist? All I ever read from you is utter negativity.

London Locum, Locum pharmacist

Reality is often tough to hear. Community Pharmacy is going down the toilet but none of the reasons why are addressed or sometimes even acknowledged. But good luck to those who choose to ignore and pretend all is well. And for So far have cut down to working 2 days a week so not long now.

London Locum, Locum pharmacist

And in full reply to your question. I remain a pharmacist purely because it pays some of my bill for now. I assume you work for free and don't get paid or forward all your earnings to charity?

Chris ., Community pharmacist

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