X - Pharmacist

X is a Pharmacist at Spire Norwich Hospital.

A small hospital enables a happier more supportive working environment.

"I started working here as a bank Pharmacist whilst still having a part time contract at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. An opportunity arose for a regular contract at Spire (then BUPA) which I applied for as I enjoyed working in a small hospital which I found more friendly and enjoyable. I have now ben here for 22 years.

I have become the Lead Pharmacist and over the years have taken on new responsibilities which include nurse education and training. I am a member of multidisciplinary teams in pain management, infection control, and VTE. I have joint responsibility as a health and safety representative.  I regularly inform student nurses and work experience students about the role of the Pharmacist in the hospital.

My role involves medicines management from purchase, storage, supply, administration, education, training. Also the reporting adverse reactions and incidents. A big part of the role is advising patients and staff on the use of medicines.

A small hospital enables a happier more supportive working environment. Members of staff from all departments are able to develop good working relationships and communication in general is better.  Spire focuses on patient care and quality of service. As an employee if this can be achieved it gives a greater job satisfaction.  Spire ensures staff have access to good mandatory and health and safety training.

I believe that working in private healthcare has always, and continues to encourage the  provision of a good quality service to the patients. I have developed lots of new skills since working here, mainly working more effectively in a multidisciplinary way, and developing communication skills between patients and staff. I have a better understanding of surgical medicine, and understand a lot omore about the management of all aspects of Pharmacy and Pharmacy service within a small hospital. The types of challenges I face in my role are keeping up to date with developments and changes in clinical medicine and communicating these to all concerned. I'm also focused on ensuring good medicines management throughout the hospital, and have to manage medicine supply problems.

In my team we work in a supportive way to provide a good Pharmacy service to the hospital which ensures a better quality of service to the patients."

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