My journey so far
Exploring the pharmacy sector
My pharmacy career initially followed a fairly conventional course. I graduated from the University of Manchester with a 2:1 in Master of Pharmacy, completed my pre-registration year, worked in a couple of relief pharmacist roles, and then went on to manage two different LloydsPharmacy branches in the space of four years. After that, however, I decided it was time to explore other options and left branch management to become a nationwide locum instead. Being a locum enabled me to work across multiple sites and businesses, and discover areas of the sector I hadn’t known about before.
Prescription Assembly Solutions
It was while I working as a locum that I discovered our Bristol Hub for Prescription Assembly Solutions (PAS). I joined the team as Assistant Hub Manager and shortly afterwards stepped up into the Hub Manager role. The ultimate aim of my job is to process maximum volume through our automated prescription assembly line while keeping patient safety our number one priority. I am also responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with key stakeholders, such as AAH, the LloydsPharmacy Retail Network and any other third parties involved.
Learning and development
McKesson have given me multiple opportunities to learn new skills through courses, e-learning and development sessions. I also conduct my own learning through self-reflection, and will take part in any external courses or training that I feel will help me succeed. I will shortly be completing the IOSH Managing Safely Course, which has been organised through the business.
Shaping the future
In the future, I would like to play a vital role in developing pharmacy automation across our businesses. Automation is becoming ever more prevalent across all our sectors and I want to help shape automation within the pharmacy sector and be part of the McKesson team that leads the sector going forward.