In a year of uncertainty – and against conditions unforeseen and pressures unprecedented – Welsh pharmacists have showcased their commitment, selflessness and courage more than ever before.
While ideally, we would pay tribute to the positive impact which the members of the sector have forged in person, in response to updated COVID-19 guidelines this year’s Welsh Pharmacy Awards ceremony recently transitioned online.
The culmination of the hotly-contested process took place on a dedicated website – www.welshpharmacyawards.info – on Wednesday 9th December in which key healthcare representatives and award sponsors submitted videos and special winner announcements.
Keeping apace with Wales’ ever-evolving delivery of healthcare services, over 10 awards were up for grabs. With the categories spanning the different corners of the profession, the titles ranged from Hospital Pharmacy Team of the Year, to Management of Diabetes in GP Practice and Community Pharmacy, and Pharmacy Student Leadership.
The recipient of this year’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award was Paul Harris in recognition of his exceptional contribution to patient care, often going above and beyond the call of duty in his roles as Director of Community Pharmacy Wales and Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee Chair.
Rounding of the online reveal, and, in light of the unique challenges of 2020, was the newly-added Chief Pharmacists’ COVID Special Recognition Award. This year’s honouree was Mark Francis who has forged better paths for his patients and peers alike as All Wales Medicines Procurement Specialist and Chair of the All Wales Drug Contracting Committee.
All the winners and their stories of success will be featured in the forthcoming edition of Welsh Pharmacy Review, while the exclusive videos can now be viewed online by visiting ww.welshpharmacyawards.info.