The team at Express Pharmacy is delighted to announce that Prescribing Pharmacist Dr Graham Stretch this month won the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Clinical Pharmacist of the Year award.

The ceremony, held during the RPS annual conference in September celebrates and acknowledges the achievements of those within the pharmacy profession. Dr Graham Stretch joined a list of winners whose outstanding contributions have set them apart from others within the profession.

He was commended for his role in leading a pharmacy-team approach demonstrating that clinical pharmacy and medicines management have a vital role to play in delivering an integrated pharmaceutical service for patients. This approach has been adopted by 8 local GP surgeries from community and care home patients. A recent audit of this system found that the approach delivered a saving of around one hour per GP per day – a hugely significant impact over the course of a year.

The award for Clinical Pharmacist of the Year was awarded to Dr Stretch by Scott Richardson, chief operating officer for Pfizer.

Graham said:

“I am delighted and proud to have been recognised through this award. I accept this award on behalf of not only myself but also the team who have worked so hard to make a difference to their local communities, working hand in hand with GP surgeries to deliver a high level of service and ensuring that patient needs are met swiftly and efficiently.

“It is an honour to find myself in the company of so many other worthy winners who have contributed to their profession over the last year and, indeed, a lifetime of hard work and dedication.”