PCN pharmacy technician to write team profiles

Sally McKallip, a pharmacy technician at Stamford, is writing profiles of the pharmacy team to help staff and patients understand the different roles and duties they fulfil.

Sally McKallip

Sally, who has been at Stamford for 20 months, and three of her other colleagues are studying a CPPE course, specifically for those who are working in Primary Care Networks, a relatively new innovation where specialists work across geographic areas rather than for specific surgeries. 

The team comprises three pharmacists and two technicians with another pharmacy technician due to join shortly. Sally, along with colleagues Rhiannon Pearson, Lilla Resko, and Clare Greensmith are all completing the PCN pharmacy course, which is run by the University of Manchester. Martina Svubova, has already completed the course.  

Sally said: ‘The course, which is specifically for PCN technicians and pharmacists, teaches us how to deal with patients, medication reviews and clinical issues in primary care. It is very wide-ranging with issues including medication reviews, drug monitoring and waste reduction.’ The course lasts 15 months for the technicians and 18 months for the pharmacists.   

Sally previously worked in a hospital, on the wards doing medicines reconciliations, preparing discharge letters and medication for patients due to leave hospital and she has enjoyed the move into primary care: ‘It is a lot more involved than I thought it would be and it ranges from admin through to working with colleagues on medication reviews and building on our clinical knowledge. As part of my course, I decided to write about the different roles we have in primary care in pharmacy, so that our colleagues and people in the community can understand what each role comprises. We are learning all the time and really get on well as a team.’

Published: Oct 19, 2021

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