Trust employee named pharmacy technician of the year

Thursday, 8 May 2014

A North Bristol NHS Trust employee has been named clinical pharmacy technician of the year.

Julie Hamer received the honour from the Clinical Pharmacy Congress Awards at a ceremony in London.

The senior pharmacy technician at Southmead Hospital was joined as a finalist in the awards by director of pharmacy Andrew Davies who was shortlisted in the chief pharmacist of the year category.

The pharmacy team celebrate success at the Clinical Pharmacy Congress Awards

Julie has worked at the trust since October 1996 when she was a student and has worked her way up to senior level.

The award was presented to Julie in recognition of her work on patient safety.

North Bristol NHS Trust’s pharmacy team has been leading work on patient safety around the use of patients’ own drugs, reconciling medicines for patients and reducing missed doses. Julie was nominated for the Clinical Pharmacy Congress Awards by principal pharmacist Jane Smith, who praised her “major contribution to the success of this work through managing her team”.

Julie said: “It’s team work that has helped me to get this far, I haven’t achieved this on my own.

“We have got a fantastic team and we have worked together for quite a few years.

“It is absolutely amazing to have won this award. I really didn’t think I would – I was just grateful to be shortlisted.”

Andrew Davies was unable to attend the Clinical Pharmacy Congress Awards as they were held during the period of the pharmacy’s move into its new home inside the Brunel building at Southmead Hospital Bristol.

“I was delighted that Julie got to go and even more delighted that she won,” he said.

“It is well-deserved and for North Bristol NHS Trust it is fantastic recognition.

“Everyone puts a huge amount of work in to what I feel is the best pharmacy service in the country.

“We have a fantastic new department and I don’t think anyone can say there is a better-designed pharmacy.”

North Bristol NHS Trust’s pharmacy team has also been shortlisted for the Patient Safety Care Awards 2014 for its work to reduce the incidence of missed doses. The winners will be announced in July.