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Welcome to Pharmacist Diaries. In this podcast we are going to explore all aspects of peoples’ lives; their passions, starting a career in pharmacy, transitioning into different roles, overcoming challenges, entrepreneurship, and innovation. My goal is to dive deeper into the secret lives of pharmacists, revealing their journeys and inspiring you to progress in your career.

Join me, my friends, and my colleagues for a new episode every week and get a look into what life is like behind the scenes of real people.

Pharmacist Diaries Anisha Patel

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Welcome to Pharmacist Diaries. In this podcast we are going to explore all aspects of peoples’ lives; their passions, starting a career in pharmacy, transitioning into different roles, overcoming challenges, entrepreneurship, and innovation. My goal is to dive deeper into the secret lives of pharmacists, revealing their journeys and inspiring you to progress in your career.

Join me, my friends, and my colleagues for a new episode every week and get a look into what life is like behind the scenes of real people.

    054 Claire May: Drugs and Sports - The role of a pharmacist is always expanding!

    054 Claire May: Drugs and Sports - The role of a pharmacist is always expanding!

    On today's episode I had a fantastic conversation with Claire May! Claire has been working as a pharmacist for 20 years and has a broad range of experience in Academia, Retail Pharmacy, and Primary Care.  She is passionate about supporting the development of undergraduate pharmacy students as well as the role of a pharmacist in sports. We share our personal stories of working as pharmacists in a sports environment. Claire has been a consultant pharmacist for the PGA European Tour for 8 years and she worked in the Athlete's Village at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, which she describes as a phenomenal experience and one the highlights of her career. Her passion about being a Sports Pharmacist is evident during this episode. In 2020, she was awarded an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Certificate in Drugs in Sport.

    If you are interested in Sports Pharmacy, make sure to follow the International Sports Pharmacist Network on LinkedIn and the Sports Pharmacists YouTube Channel. You'll also find an interview on YouTube with Claire discussing her experience to date.

    Links to things we discussed on the podcast, in particular reference to support groups within pharmacy:

    NPPG - Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group

    UKCPA - United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association

    LPC - Local Pharmaceutical Committees

    NPA - National Pharmacy Association

    Pharmacy Careers Map

    Social Media:

    LinkedIn: @Claire May

    Follow me on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter. Feel free to subscribe to the podcast on your favourite podcast platform so you can be notified when a new episode is released or leave a review on apple podcasts. If you have any suggestions for guests you want me to talk to or if you’d like to come on yourself, please feel free to contact me via social media, or email at info@pharmacistdiaries.com.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    053 Sureena Clement: How to make the most of your skills and passions in a pharmacy career

    053 Sureena Clement: How to make the most of your skills and passions in a pharmacy career

    I am delighted to introduce Sureena Clement to the podcast this week! I came across Sureena's YouTube Channel, Sureena Speaks, a few months ago and I was inspired by her dedication to encourage and support the learning needs of trainee pharmacists (or pre-registration pharmacists). She has 5 years worth of content on her channel which is inspiring! Her videos cover each chapter of the BNF providing general advice and she spends a lot of time motivating students to reach their full potential.
    Sureena started her career as a community pharmacist. After a few years' of experience, she came across a Learning and Development Pharmacist role with the National Pharmacy Association (NPA). She went outside of her comfort zone to apply for the role and her journey within Education and Training has continued ever since. We spend a considerable amount of time talking about the skills you gain from community pharmacy and how they are transferrable to other areas of pharmacy practice and how to sell them in a job application or interview. I love her passion for educating and encouraging the next generation of pharmacists and we both share the same excitement when it comes to being part of their journey into a professional role.
    At the moment Sureena is working as an Early Careers Pharmacist Training Programme Director with King's College Hospital and Health Education England and absolutely loving her job!
    Social Media:
    LinkedIn: @Sureena Clement
    YouTube: @Sureena Speaks
    Instagram: @Sureenaspeaks
    Twitter: @Sureenaspeaks
    Follow me on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter. Feel free to subscribe to the podcast on your favourite podcast platform so you can be notified when a new episode is released or leave a review on apple podcasts. If you have any suggestions for guests you want me to talk to or if you’d like to come on yourself, please feel free to contact me via social media, or email at info@pharmacistdiaries.com.

    • 51 min
    052 Preeti Minhas: How improve your consultation skills and achieve better person-centred care

    052 Preeti Minhas: How improve your consultation skills and achieve better person-centred care

    On today's episode I am having a second discussion with Preeti Minhas on the podcast. Preeti and I had our first conversation back in September 2021, Episode 46. We enjoyed getting to know each other and we were aligned in so many ways that I invited her back onto the podcast for a second time.

    As we both work in Education & Training, we discuss our opinions on virtual vs face-to-face learning and how we have been moulding our teaching techniques to support our students.

    We also dive into a deep conversation about consultation skills and person-centred care. As pharmacists, we learn a lot at university about what we need to communicate to patients, however, with the pressures of time constraints, it can be difficult to get that information across to a patient without bombarding them with 20 things to remember about their new medication. In this episode, we provide some really useful advice on HOW to action it in practice. I am sure you will find it useful in your day-to-day practice!

    As a reminder, Preeti is currently working as the Assistant Director of Clinical Learning for Education for Health.  Education for Health is a dynamic healthcare charity, providing education, training and support to a variety of healthcare professionals.  A platform that you should all go and check out online as it has lots to offer for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

    LinkedIn: @Preeti Minhas

    Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter. Feel free to subscribe to the podcast on your favourite podcast platform so you can be notified when a new episode is released or leave a review on apple podcasts. If you have any suggestions for guests you want me to talk to or if you’d like to come on yourself, please feel free to contact me via social media, or email at info@pharmacistdiaries.com.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    051 Pharmacist: Ryan Smith

    051 Pharmacist: Ryan Smith

    On today's episode I have the pleasure of introducing Ryan Smith to the podcast. Ryan is a jack of all trades and has several roles within pharmacy:

    Part-time Primary Care Network (PCN) Pharmacist
    Clinical Director for MORPh Consultancy
    Clinical Director for The Pharmacist Network

    He is passionate about the development of pharmacy practice, having held roles in both the commissioning and provision of services across primary care during his career. We discuss a variety of topics in today's episode with plenty of focus on mentorship, the value on completing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), the benefit of regular reflection, and taking on roles outside of pharmacy as Ryan has experience as a healthcare development manager.
    MORPh is a pharmacist managed and pharmacist led organisation with approaching 20 years of experience in supporting pharmacy professionals working in primary care. Our approach is one of involvement, integration and participation, with learning being embedded into practice using a case based approach.
    The Pharmacist Network specialises in on-site and remote General Practice pharmacist and pharmacy technician services. Ryan's role involves employing and training pharmacists in General Practice and supporting medicines optimisation in the NHS.
    Social media:
    Linkedin - Ryan Smith
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    • 57 min
    050 Charlotte Fraser: Overcoming an eating disorder during her pharmacy degree and wanting to quit pharmacy, to thriving in her role as a trainee pharmacist at Boots

    050 Charlotte Fraser: Overcoming an eating disorder during her pharmacy degree and wanting to quit pharmacy, to thriving in her role as a trainee pharmacist at Boots

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    On today's episode, I am delighted to introduce a trainee pharmacist and Kings College London Alumni, Charlotte Fraser. I came a across a post on Linked In that Charlotte had written last week for World Mental Health Day.

    I'm going to share part of her post as her thoughts and feelings were so honest and brave.

    "Mental health. Everyone has one. Like physical health some health is better than others. It can fluctuate depending on the day and how much care and attention you’ve put into yourself. Unlike a lot of physical health problems though, it can be hard to explain. It can also amount to physical health problems. So why is it overlooked so much? Its estimated that 1 in 6 people have had a mental health problem in the last week but sadly this figure could, in truth, be higher.

    Over two years ago I developed an eating disorder after a period of instability in my life. It was my coping mechanism - not a healthy one at that but it gave me, sadly, some comfort. Years before that I had mild depression and anxiety and the point of life seemed absent to me. At the dark stage of my eating disorder I decided I HAD to get help. For at least a year before this point I would consider filling in forms to get help and then when it came to it I would refuse the therapy offered to me. I now see therapy as being the best things I’ve ever done. It changed my life and my mindset. It gave me back my life.

    What changed? I focused on me. I sat through discomfort which was at some times even physically painful. I found what made me happy, even the little things - colouring books, reading, walking, appreciating nature around me. I reflected on why I felt certain ways and found my triggers. SELF CARE AND DATING YOURSELF IS NOT SELFISH. It’s one of the things that I tell so many people close to me to do because you have you for the rest of your life.

    One of the big things I did was speaking out. To anyone. Start the conversation because truthfully, most people have dark days and can relate to you in some ways. Do NOT be ashamed. You are worthy."

    Today, Charlotte demonstrates her courage by coming onto the podcast to talk about her personal journey and how she is working on overcoming her anxieties and fears. I thoroughly enjoyed my evening having such a deep and reflective conversation and I am really proud of how she has approached this journey and where she is today.

    Social media:

    Linkedin - Charlotte Fraser



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    • 1 hr 17 min
    049 Special Episode: How Getting A Coach Transformed Our Lives

    049 Special Episode: How Getting A Coach Transformed Our Lives

    Special episode with the husband! In this episode Sunjay and I discuss how getting a coach has transformed our lives. We discuss the habits we are working on forming to help us live a more happier and productive life.

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