Alison Sparkes scooped the C+D Community Pharmacist of the Year 2012 trophy, after winning over judges with her Neath Medicine Centre. Ms Sparkes has branched out with a Wellness Centre adjacent to the pharmacy, where she is incorporating the Medicine Centre into the wider health and wellbeing agenda.
Boots' Queen Street, Cardiff branch picked up the award for C+D Pharmacy Team of the Year 2012, after its team delivered MURs to at-risk groups, trialled an electronic medication reminder and improved safety around high-risk medication. Judges commended the Boots team as an "inspiration" in their delivery of high-standard services and commitment to improving their knowledge.
Pharmacy Innovation of the Year was won by Rowlands Pharmacy, Bala and Business Initiative of the Year was awarded to Newbury Pharmacy and Therapy Centre, Swansea.
Russell Goodway, CPW Chief Executive, said "We are very proud that best practice in Welsh community pharmacy has been recognised in this way against competition from across the UK. Many congratulations - llongyfarchiadau fawr - to Alison, to the Boots team, to Steve Newbury in Swansea and to the Rowlands team in Bala. The Assembly's Health Committee recently said they wanted to see all pharmacies being as good as the best ones - we now know what the best looks like."