Fiona Fox, a pharmacy manager from LloydsPharmacy in Leeds has recently been awarded a fellowship of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) for distinction in the pharmacy profession.
Fiona was nominated by a number of colleagues for her dedication and consistent contribution to community pharmacy wherever she worked. After completing a four-year BPharm degree at the School of Pharmacy, University of Bradford, she started her career in community pharmacy in Lancashire. Now, nearly 33 years later, Fiona is a branch manager for LloydsPharmacy in Leeds, and has worked for the business for the last 17 years.
One of Fiona’s particular passions is the training and development of pre-registration students. She supported one of her pre-reg students with a project on ‘Understanding the type of queries and interventions made within a community pharmacy for patients with cognitive impairment and the related resource required’ that was presented at the RPS conference in 2015 and published in the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice in the same year.
Fiona was also Chair of Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire, the Local Pharmaceutical Committee for West Yorkshire, between 2014 and 2019. The LPC covers 570 community pharmacies and around 5,000 staff members. In this role, Fiona has made a significant contribution to drive forward the development of professional training, service provision and strategy both at the local community level and nationally, while also supporting the implementation of new and innovative services within community pharmacy in the area.
Commenting on the fellowship award, Fiona said: “It is an honour to be awarded an RPS fellowship and I am humbled that colleagues past and present nominated me. To be recognised by the professional membership body as someone who has made an outstanding contribution to community pharmacy is incredible. Over the course of my career I have worked with some very special people who have been driven by the opportunity to provide better care for patients from community pharmacy. As healthcare professionals we are responsible for ensuring that our communities have access to the best possible care they can get and I’m passionate about how we continue to deliver this.”
Steve Howard, clinical standards director for McKesson UK, parent company of LloydsPharmacy, commended Fiona for her hard work and dedication: “Fiona has shown determination to deliver constant improvement wherever she has worked. She has achieved so much in her career and is a true supporter of the development of the younger generation of pharmacists.”
“Her tenacity to implement change is particularly admirable. Instead of standing still, she always makes sure her voice is heard on critical issues, something that was recognised when she was appointed Chair of her Local Pharmaceutical Committee in 2014. Fiona is a real credit to the industry and to our organisation, she fully deserves this award.”
Gaining fellowship for the RPS recognises individuals who have achieved distinction in their pharmacy career, as judged by their peers who recognise the outstanding original contribution the nominee has made to the advancement of pharmaceutical knowledge or the distinction they’ve achieved in the science, practice, profession or history of pharmacy.