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Foundation pharmacy trainees and supervisors recognised at annual prize giving event

Trophy with gold confetti pouring out

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) celebrated and showcased the very best foundation pharmacy has to offer at their annual prize giving event last week.

Held virtually due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the event featured eight poster presentations from regional winners and a panel discussion before the judges awarded the final three prizes; Winner of the Annual Poster Competition and new additions for 2021, Trainee of the Year and Supervisor of the Year.

Supervisor of the Year recipient, Samantha Clitheroe said “I would like to thank HEIW and colleagues at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board for their brilliant support.

“It has been a pleasure to work with pre-registration pharmacists, supporting them in their development as effective, compassionate and empowered future pharmacists.”

Also victorious on the night was James Taylor with his poster on antimicrobial prescribing in primary care. He said “I thoroughly enjoyed putting together this audit, having the opportunity to present it to colleagues across the country.

“The pandemic may have been the most challenging time in my career, but it's been so rewarding to help patients through the most challenging time in theirs.”

Nguyen Khoi Ho received the award for Trainee of the Year.

Dr Bethan Broad, Foundation Training Operational Lead and organiser of the event said “It was a privilege to host the Annual Prize Giving event this year.

“We were overwhelmed with the quality of audit projects presented by our trainees who have worked extremely hard and shown incredible resilience throughout this challenging time.”

All three winners were awarded a certificate alongside a full year’s membership to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, paid for by HEIW.

James Taylor Nguyen Khoi Ho Samantha Clitheroe
Poster competition winner - James Taylor Trainee of the Year - Nguyen Khoi Ho Supervisor of the Year - Samantha Clitheroe