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.

Winners in Full

Winner

Business Development of the Year (Independent) Award sponsored by AAH Pharmaceuticals

The Fferyllwyr Llyn Team

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Independent Community Pharmacy Practice of the Year Award sponsored by Cambrian Alliance

The Mayberry Pharmacy Team, Blackwood

Winner

Excellence in Delivering Self-Care Agenda in Community Pharmacy Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

Cerian Screen, Talybont Pharmacy

Winner

Hospital Pharmacy Team of the Year Award sponsored by Ethypharm UK

Alex Speakman and the Pharmacy Nutrition Support Team and Aseptic Services Team, SMPU, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

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Innovations in Service Delivery in Community Pharmacy (Independent) Award sponsored by Numark

The Fferyllwyr Llyn Team

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Innovations in Pharmaceutical Public Health Award sponsored by Kent Pharma

Dave Edwards, South Pembrokeshire Cluster

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Management of Diabetes in GP Practice and Community Pharmacy Award sponsored by Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited

James Jenkins, Foundry Town Practice

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Management of Substance Dependency in the Community Award sponsored by Ethypharm UK

Jonathan Smith, Mayberry Pharmacy, Newport

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Pharmacy Student Leadership Award sponsored by The Pharmacists’ Defence Association

Dafydd Rizzo

Joint Winners

Independent Community Pharmacist of the Year Award sponsored by Waleshealthcare.com

(joint winners) Gareth Harlow, Harlow & Knowles Pharmacy, Penygroes, Hywel Dda University Health Board,

and Jonathan Smith, Mayberry Pharmacy, Newport, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Winner

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Bestway Medhub

Paul Harris, Director of Community Pharmacy Wales, and Chair, Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee

Winner

Chief Pharmacists’ COVID Special Recognition Award sponsored by Wales’ Chief Pharmacists

Mark Francis, All Wales Medicines Procurement Specialist, and Chair, All Wales Drug Contracting Committee