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Corinne Ruck

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Corinne Ruck, Pharmacy Manager at Spire Bushey Hospital

I enjoy the challenge of my job, I like the interaction that I have with patients and consultants and I like the colleagues I work with.

"I’ve been with Spire for over 20 years. I started working at Spire Bushey when it was a Bupa hospital, firstly as a locum then as a part time pharmacist. That suited me whilst my family were growing up and I then went full time. I had held a managerial role with a retail pharmacy chain previously, so when I became the Pharmacy Manager I relished the challenges this role would bring. And I wasn’t disappointed!

Staffing, budgetary control, audits by the Care Quality Commission, meeting targets on accurate charging for drugs, purchasing drugs at competitive rates, meeting consultants to discuss drug dosage and treatment – it’s a really varied role.

I’ve had a lot of support to carry out this role. For instance, I was sponsored by the company to undertake the Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy and I have had training in financial management, handling discipline and grievances and sickness absence amongst others.

The demands on the department are changing all the time. At Spire Bushey one of the ways our business is growing is through offering chemotherapy treatment. I identified that a Chemotherapy Preparation Isolator would secure a safe prompt service for our chemotherapy patients by enabling us to reconstitute certain drugs in an aseptic environment. It’s now in place and I’ve found it very rewarding to see what a difference this has made to both patients and the nurses administering the treatment.

At the moment I am preparing for the launch of more new cancer treatment services at Spire Bushey, plus the opening of a 5th theatre, by analysing the impact they will have on my team and department.

What I like about working for Spire is the family atmosphere and the feeling of being part of a big team. Why have I stayed so long? I enjoy the challenge of my job, I like the interaction that I have with patients and consultants and I like the colleagues I work with."