Local Macmillan pharmacist needs your vote

Kate McCusker from Tarbet on Loch Lomond has​ been chosen as a finalist in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s I Love My Pharmacist competition.

Her selecti0n was made by the panel of judges, made up of industry experts and leading pharmacists, Now Kate needs your help to get the public vote and go through to the final.

Running for the second year, the national title will go to a pharmacist deemed to have gone above and beyond the call of duty in the name of excellent patient care.

Local lead pharmacist for the Macmillan pharmacy service at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow, Kate McCusker, 43, has spoken of her delight at being selected as a regional finalist in the competition.

She has been recognised as a star-performer, providing an outstanding service to the local community and now needs the public’s votes to reach the next stage of the competition.

Running for a second year and in conjunction with media partner C+D, following the success of I Love My Pharmacist 2014, the national [Great Britain] title will go to a pharmacist deemed to have gone above and beyond the call of duty in the name of excellent patient care.

Britain’s pharmacists do much more than the public may immediately realise in looking after their patients. They are the often invisible and unsung heroes of our health service. They work alongside GPs, nurses and hospital staff, providing expert advice and crucial services such as medication reviews and stop smoking services.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the professional body representing pharmacists across Great Britain, wants to help recognise their contribution to patient care by finding, awarding and celebrating Britain’s best loved pharmacist – the pharmacist who goes the extra mile for their patients and local community.

Across GB there are 18 shortlisted finalists, each of which has demonstrated outstanding passion and commitment to their patients. Collectively, their entries displayed a staggering range of achievements from large scale improvement in patient outcomes to the introduction of innovative new services, as well as astonishing heart-warming and life-saving interventions and stories of personal sacrifice.

Kate has been shortlisted as one of three regional finalists for Scotland for her outstanding contribution to palliative care for those with cancer and life-limiting illnesses. She has led the expansion of the Macmillan Pharmacy Service across the whole of Greater Glasgow and Clyde and she and her team have developed a number of novel initiatives to support every community pharmacy to provide a quality palliative care service for their patients.

Initiatives have included the development of tailored palliative care training for community pharmacy staff and the development and distribution of resources to support best practice. The service covers all community pharmacies in Greater Glasgow and Clyde however, the palliative care resources developed by the team are also available for use by community pharmacies across the country.  Improving services from community pharmacies will help to support the delivery of pharmaceutical palliative care to patients in their own home thereby enabling patients to make a choice to stay in their own home.

Kate says: ‘It is a real honour to be shortlisted in the I Love My Pharmacist competition and to know the service my team and I provide has had a positive impact on patients’ health and wellbeing.’

Alex MacKinnon, Director of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland says: ‘Pharmacists are an integral part of our health service. Having access to expert, personalised advice and resources like Kate and her team have developed is invaluable to patients and health and social care colleagues alike. Pharmacists support patients across all settings, at home, the community, primary care and in hospital. We want to celebrate and recognise the important role pharmacists play across our NHS.

‘Kate has demonstrated a high level of personalised care and commitment to serving her patients and health colleagues and I am delighted the panel has shortlisted her as a regional finalist for Scotland.’

 Vote for Kate here

To vote for Kate as your regional winner visit the competition website here.

Deadline: 29th September 2015.

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