Primary Care Pharmacy Awards – GP Pharmacist of the Year

Kate Jones, our Lead Symphony Healthcare Services Pharmacist has been awarded GP Pharmacist of the Year in the recent Primary Care Pharmacy Association (PCPA) awards in recognition of her leadership, advocacy and commitment in supporting and building her team, and her professionalism, care and support towards her patients who are drug dependent.

Helen Belben, Lead Medicines Management Technician at Symphony Healthcare Services says, “As my line manager, Kate provides support, friendship, knowledge and laughter, to help me line manage our pharmacy technicians and prescription clerks”.

Kate is an independent prescriber and works incredibly hard with patients to reduce opiate use.  She tries to build a strong bond with regular patients, meaning they are never afraid to contact her with their concerns or to ask for help. This includes regular phone calls, and prescribing weekly where required.

One lady called Kate her ‘guardian angel’. Another reduced his opiate dose from an extremely high level, and after a long period of unemployment was successful in gaining an engineering role”.

President of the PCPA Awards, Dr Graham Stretch, says

 “Kate was chosen to receive the GP Pharmacists of the Year Award 2020 in recognition of her leadership, advocacy and commitment in supporting and building the team, and her professionalism, care and support towards her opiate patients.

“Kate has led the growth of the Symphony Medicines Management team. She had a vision of a Medicines Management Hub, which is now a reality. Not only does she lead the pharmacists working for SHS, she includes other pharmacists working alone in neighbouring Primary Care Networks PCN practices that would otherwise have no peer support

 

We are incredibly proud of the work that Kate and her team undertake and wish to congratulate Kate on winning this award!