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Make a difference: Postgraduate Professional Pharmacy Event

The focus of the Make a difference event was about how we can make a difference to patients, through effective leadership, demonstrating how we can improve services and develop practice. We discussed how we can promote genuine patient-partnership; and deliver holistic care that acknowledges the psychological and social context of patients as well as their medical needs.

We were delighted to welcome Jan Sobieraj, Managing director. NHS leadership academy, who delivered the keynote talk on Pharmacists leading the way?

‘People in the NHS do marvellous things’ Jan Sobieraj

Jan encouraged us to make connections, take on new roles and involve others. Jan explained that we can change culture and practice in our local teams and patient pathways and engaged in a lively discussion about working as Pharmacists in the NHS with delegates.

‘Don’t wait, it’s within our gift to make a change’ Jan Sobieraj

“Making a Difference” Dr Josie Solomon

In her presentation, Josie explored what it means to really make a difference to patients and how this relates to motivation and job satisfaction. She presented findings from the Patient Centred Pharmacy Services Research Project which showed how pharmacists have become more effective and integrated through improved hospital interventions and community MURs. Areas of change and opportunities for collaborative leadership were identified.


Workshops on NMS/MUR, public health, care homes and critical care gave students the opportunity to present projects where they have made a difference to patient care. Delegates discussed their response to the topics and how they can apply principles to their own practice.

Delegate feedback:

"Very clear talks, interesting to hear about other sectors of pharmacy".

 The workshops were good and offered an opportunity to engage. Make it a whole day event!

"Great to have such as mix of hospital community, seeing how we all fit together".

"Great to see students being the change in practice!"

The following student prizes were awarded:

  • Postgraduate Diploma Medicines Management
    Helen Russell
  • Postgraduate Diploma Clinical Pharmacy 
    Sarah La Rosa
  • Postgraduate Diploma Clinical Pharmacy (Independent Prescribing)
    Alison Castle
  • Postgraduate Diploma Clinical Pharmacy (Research)
    Santokh Bansal
  • MSc Clinical Pharmacy
    Thomas Morley

I am very grateful for being chosen for this award. I thoroughly enjoyed completing the diploma; it has really contributed to improving my skills as a pharmacist, the way I learn and most of all, improving the care I provide to patients. I would also like to say a big thank you to all the lovely DMU Pharmacy teaching staff that taught and put together the course.
Santokh Bansal

Since completing the diploma I have been successful in my application to become a band 7 specialist pharmacist in paediatric critical care and surgery. The course was not only an essential requirement for this post, but I was able to give examples of the skills I have gained to be successful in the interview process. As well as advancing my clinical knowledge, I could demonstrate competence in delivering teaching sessions and that I was able to develop a clinical guideline.
Helen Russell

I chose DMU because I liked the balance of the course – clearly structured self-study with regular formal study days at DMU. I also liked the content of the course especially the option to be an independent prescriber.

I completed by first degree in 1983 and to undertake a formal post graduate course after so many years was a major challenge for me. Achieving my ambition to become an NMP and to make a career change at this time was something I never expected to do. I am very grateful to DMU for enabling that to happen and I would encourage any “mature” student to take up the opportunity to study. I think I am now a more skilled community pharmacist, giving a better service and support for my patients.
Alison Castle


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