79 episodes

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.

    078 Meeta Patel: In the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity for growth

    078 Meeta Patel: In the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity for growth

    **Please accept my sincere apologies when you watch the video version of this podcast. Part way through the recording, we faced an issue with one of the cameras and Meeta's video cuts out so you are only able to see my video and hear the all the audio. The content of the podcast is absolutely inspiring so please take the time to listen to the content as it is truly worth it*** 

    On today’s episode I am excited to welcome Meeta Patel to the podcast. Meeta is a Senior Manager and Specialist Pharmacist in Theatres, Critical Care and Pain Management at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH). A role she is thoroughly passionate about and one that resonates with her personally due to a trauma she experienced at the start of her career as a pharmacist. She shares a very personal story of an injury that led to debilitating pain, lack of movement, and a huge setback in career progression. 

    What is so wonderful and powerful about this story is Meeta's determination to improve her quality of life and return to her previous way of living. What she doesn't realise at the time is how this journey enables her to shift her career pathway as a pharmacist and open her mindset to alternative therapies AND developing a role as an entrepreneur! Meeta walks us through her healing journey and how she had to look outside of traditional medicine and try alternative therapies. She utlises several forms of therapy but she felt a strong connection to Reiki and decided to become a Reiki master. This then leads to the development of Infinity Aromatiqs and creating natural and homemade products such as candles, roll on oils and wax melts. 

    Please go and check out her website and social media channels below! 

    Linkedin: @Meeta Patel

    Instagram: @Infinityaromatiqs

    Website: Infinity Aromatiqs

    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 34 min
    077 Aliyah Gordon: The struggle you feel today will develop the strength you need for tomorrow

    077 Aliyah Gordon: The struggle you feel today will develop the strength you need for tomorrow

    On today's episode I am thrilled to feature Aliyah Gordon to the podcast. Aliyah is a Lead Clinical Pharmacist for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She is very proud of her career progression to date despite a lot of negativity and disbelief from her mentors and educators. She shares an incredible and inspiring story behind this disbelief and how she overlooked this feedback and used self motivation and determination to become the best version of herself and achieve her goals.

    Aliyah is also the Co-founder of the House of Medics. The House of Medics is a non-profit organisation that was created in 2019 by a group of professionals who either work in the healthcare industry or are passionate about healthcare. Members of this community include doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, radiographers, paramedics, mental health professionals, researchers, students… and more! Their mission is to equip every young person in the healthcare industry with the tools they need to flourish in their chosen field of endeavour. As one becomes successful, they can teach another to do the same!

    The story behind House of Medics is inspiring and the community they have built is admirable. The group have achieved so much in a short space of time and I love the idea of utilising the opportunity for young people of different specialties and disciplines to genuinely interact. They are creating a medical society of the future – one where people can have real conversations and make meaningful connections, whilst learning and improving themselves through CPD and other opportunities.

    Go check them out using the links below! 

    Linkedin: @Aliyah Gordon

    Linkedin: @House of Medics

    House of Medics Website

    Instagram: @wearehouseofmedics

    Instagram: @Aliyahthepharmacist

    YouTube: @House of Medics 

    Twitter: @Houseofmedics

    TikTok: @wearehouseofmedics

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    • 44 min
    076 Stephanie Tyler: Follow your passion and you could find yourself in a role no one else is doing!

    076 Stephanie Tyler: Follow your passion and you could find yourself in a role no one else is doing!

    I am incredibly excited to launch this week’s episode! I am thrilled to introduce Stephanie Tyler to the podcast. She is a highly specialist pharmacist in HIV, Sexual and Reproductive Health, currently working at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in a very exciting and innovative role related to HIV PrEP implementation and Sexual Health. She has experience working at a national level with the HIV Pharmacy Association (HIVPA) as the regional representative for London and the Patient Information Lead. She is extremely passionate about her role and her curiosity to improve patient care through research and publication is truly inspiring.

    Our conversation covered a variety of topics:
    - An in depth discussion about why she chose certain hospitals and locations and the advantages and disadvantages of a large teaching hospital vs smaller district general hospital.
    - How she found this specialist area and what she loves about it
    - How to make your job rewarding
    - The challenges around talking to patients in such a sensitive specialist area and tactics she uses to ensure patients have a positive experience.
    - Service improvement and why we both adore this aspect of pharmacy
    - How she manages her time to achieve as much as she has! One example being how she managed to complete 6 posters and 1 oral presentation in one year!
    - Transiting from a band 6 pharmacist up to a band 8 and how these roles have differed

    There is so much more to this conversation than what I’ve stated above. I cannot wait for you to watch/listen!

    Social media
    Linkedin: @Stephanie Tyler

    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 47 min
    075 Shilpa Patel: Making the move from Community Pharmacy to a GP Practice Role has transformed my career

    075 Shilpa Patel: Making the move from Community Pharmacy to a GP Practice Role has transformed my career

    On today's episode I am thrilled to feature Shilpa Patel on the podcast. Shilpa has spent most of her career in as a Community Pharmacist. After well over a decade of endless hours of hard work and feeling under valued and frustrated within her role, she walked out of the pharmacy on her lunch break and never looked back!

    She wanted to take a break from pharmacy and decided to travel to India for a few months to think about her next steps and enjoy a much needed break. Before she left for her travels, she applied for a GP Practice Role alongside 400 other candidates. There were only 4 positions available and she was doubtful that she'd be offered the position. In her mind, she thought that hospital pharmacists would be more likely to get offered the position as their clinical knowledge was far superior to a community pharmacist.

    Boy was she wrong! She was offered the job and later realised that community pharmacists are extremely valuable assets to a GP Practice and their skillset, knowledge and experience are perfect for these roles. She now has over 6 years of experience as a GP Practice Pharmacist and has hired multiple pharmacists to join her team. She has utilised a variety of transferrable skills from her community pharmacy experience and has also learnt and utilised several new skills along the way.

    She has achieved an incredible amount in a short space of time and her attitude and enthusiasm to developing pharmacists in this relatively new area of practice is inspriring. She is now the Lead GP Prescribing Pharmacist Partner at WellBN. She is also a DPP & Mentor, Covid vaccination service lead, Digital Marketing lead, Practice Merger Lead, and Benzodiazepine Detox Specialist.

    It was an honour to have a conversation with her. I hope you all enjoy it!

    Linkedin: @Shilpa Patel

    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.

    • 49 min
    074 Netta Tyler: How international work experience in Bermunda opens your eyes to the different ways of practicing pharmacy

    074 Netta Tyler: How international work experience in Bermunda opens your eyes to the different ways of practicing pharmacy

    On today's episode I am thrilled to share an inspiring conversation I had with Netta Tyler. Netta and I met in 2009 when I was working as a pre-registration pharmacist at Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She has been a loyal employee of the hospital for nearly two decades and has dedicated most of her career to the world of antimicorbials! In the last 4 years, her role has expanded where she spends part of her time working as a Specialist Antifungal Pharmacist at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

    Our conversation begins at the start of Netta's career where she decides to go on an adventure to Bermuda to work as a pharmacist. We share stories of the ups and downs of expat life. I enjoyed this discussion because we share similar opinions on international work experience and how these opportunities open our eyes to the different ways of practicing pharmacy compared to the traditional career pathways in the UK. During her time in Bermuda, Netta was also the President of the Bermunda Pharmaceutical Association.

    Upon returning to the UK, Netta moved to Cambridgeshire and quickly found herself a pharmacy role at Royal Papworth Hospital. She transitions into a Specialist Antimicrobial Pharmacist role and she shares how this job has developed over time and how the antimicrobial team is slowly expanding with new and exciting opportunities for pharmacists  and pharmacy technicians.

    It was great to re-connect with Netta after 10 years...one of the many reasons I love having this podcast!

    Linkedin: @Netta Tyler

    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.

    • 54 min
    073 Daniel James: Finding my purpose and transforming my life

    073 Daniel James: Finding my purpose and transforming my life

    On today's episode I am pleased to introduce Daniel James to the podcast. Daniel graduated from Liverpoorl John Moores University in 2012 and started his career as a community pharmacist. In these first few years, he found himself working well over his contracted 40 hour work week on a regular basis without pay. After two years of this, he took a step back and asked himself "is this really what I want to do for the rest of my life?" A question I am sure many pharmacists ponder as this is a common theme in many pharmacy roles.
    At that time, Daniel decided to take a one year sabbatical from his career and went travelling abroad. We hear about his adventures and how he climbed Mount Everest, rode trains all across China, rode a motorbike from North to South Vietnam, and spent time in Tibet and Thailand. He utilised this time to dig deep and find his purpose in life and what he really wanted to do with it. He navigated through a traumatic problem with his eye, social anxiety and a lot of negative feelings. He then immersed himself into self development books and found a mindset coach to help him through the negativity and live his best life.
    Our conversation highlights the importance of understanding your purpose in life and making decisions that align with your values, beliefs and identity. He utilised his learning experience to become a certified coach and help others to transform their lives. Currently he is working part time as a locum community pharmacist which gives him the freedom to work the hours that align with his personal life as well as giving him time to work with coaching clients. The best of both worlds and a much happier and fulfilled life to lead...
    Facebook: @Daniel James Coach
    Twitter: @djamescoach
    LinkedIn: @Daniel Jame Coach
    Instagram: @Daniel.james.coach

    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 2 min

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