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Care UK’s chief pharmacist reaches finals of prestigious awards

April 11 2018

Care UK’s lead pharmacist has been shortlisted for a prestigious award for his work directing medication across nine NHS treatment centres nationwide.

Yousaf Ahmad, Care UK Health Care’s chief pharmacist for its secondary care division, has reached the finals of this year’s Excellence in Leadership category in the Best of Clinical Pharmacy Awards, the winner of which will be announced at the Clinical Pharmacy Congress.

Colleagues nominated Yousaf for his exceptional work leading teams across diverse centres, as far apart as Hampshire and Derbyshire, Devon and Kent, as well as his commitment to enhancing patient safety and wellbeing.

Stephane Jaglin, a pharmacist at Emersons Green and Devizes NHS treatment centres, nominated Yousaf for the award. He said: “Yousaf has a passionate vision that champions pharmacists and pharmacy staff and enables them to excel.

“He has initiated a number of quality driven improvements within the pharmacy function at Care UK, including a new audit schedule which is completely online and is bench-marked against national standards in addition to a first for the organisation; redefined the standards of pharmacy-related interventions and collected an electronic tool to track this across sites, which is a new industry standard; and created a framework of how high-functioning pharmacy teams should be performing.

“He is also skilled at developing individuals’ underused skills, via one-to-one reviews and key performance indicators, and this enables us to develop as rounded professional and to embrace current regulatory developments in our profession.

“We are currently in the process of creating a peer-to-peer support network, where Yousaf has strategically deployed pharmacists so that they can regularly shadow each other and share good practices as well as exchange constructive feedback in the ethos of continual self-improvement.”

Beyond his impressive overall clinical knowledge, pain management is Yousaf’s specialist area, along with patient safety. The treatment centres specialise in orthopaedic and eye surgery, and patients’ reported pain scores are consistently low across the centres. The team’s pain management success has also helped clinicians to reduce the time patients spend in the centre after surgery, allowing them to recuperate in the comfort of their own homes.

Stephane said: “He has a flexible and calm approach and he makes himself available to all his teams to give advice on anything from professional development to complex clinical issues. He also has an exceptional overview of the centres and developments in pharmaceuticals. Teamed with his natural leadership skills, we could not wish for a better chief pharmacist.”

Yousaf said: “I was delighted when I heard I had made the shortlist for the award and it has been made even more special by being nominated by colleagues that I work with on a daily basis.

“Pharmacists can be the patient champions and an invaluable support to clinical colleagues. I am proud to be in the finals of a category that includes professionals who are striving to raise the profile of the profession and the skills of their teams.”

The winner will be announced at the Clinical Pharmacy Congress, in London, on 27 April 2018.