Association of Pharmacy
Technicians UK (APTUK)
The Professional Leadership Body for Pharmacy Technicians

Annual Awards

APTUK Katherine Miles Poster Award sponsored by

The deadline for submitting your work has now closed. We received a record number of abstracts in 2019 and the review process will soon be underway, notifications will take place in the first week of July.    


Timeline for Poster Awards

Notification of Abstract shortlist 1st July 2019
Poster PDF’s submitted 31st July 2019
Posters presented at APTUK Conference 13th and 14th September 2019
Awards Dinner at APTUK Conference 13th September 2019


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APTUK 2019 Annual Conference Awards

The APTUK Annual Conference awards celebrate and acknowledge successful individuals, teams and projects within the pharmacy technician profession. With the support of our sponsors we are delighted to be able to recognise all sectors of pharmacy practice and individual excellence through these awards. Prizes include an educational bursary towards attendance at APTUK Annual Conference and Exhibition 2020.

After careful consideration the APTUK conference committee have agreed to continue to accept nominations for the APTUK/AAH Annual awards until Friday 14th June 2019. See information below for more details of each award.


Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award sponsored by 

The Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award acknowledges an outstanding Pharmacy Technician who has shown a significant contribution over the past 12 months and symbolises the best of their profession; gone above and beyond their day to day duties and deserves wider recognition.

Shortlisted Nominees:

Margaret Vass, Pharmacy Technician Team Leader, Medicines Governance Team, NHS Fife

Nominated by Geraldine Smith, Andrea Smith Lead Pharmacist Medicine Governance and Education and Training, Lead Fife HSCP, NHS Fife. 

Margaret is an outstanding example of a professional leader who goes above and beyond to deliver not only on her own objectives but in supporting the development of others across the Pharmacy service but also multi-professionally. She can be relied upon to deliver complex, organisation wide change and always considers the needs of her team when doing so. Margaret has made a crucial contribution to the development of a new medicine policy, leading on storage, destruction (waste management) medical gases  and administration of medicines across all settings. Margaret led the development and roll out of an audit programme focusing on security of medicines across all in-patient wards and departments providing assurance that the requirements of the new policy were both implemented and met.

Sarah Jane Green, Chief Pharmacy Technician, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Nominated by Anna Atkinson, Deputy Lead Pharmacist - Central Lancashire, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Combing her enthusiasm to encourage others to strive for excellence with a desire to raise awareness of the importance of medicines safety and patient centred outcomes, Sarah has successfully led and developed the team of Pharmacy Technicians implementing the CODEG competency framework. Sarah held a ‘Time to Shine’ awards ceremony and  has been involved in establishing a preceptorship programme for newly qualified pharmacy technicians who join our Trust.  Sarah has played a key role in developing and supporting the very first apprenticeship scheme within our pharmacy team to help create our technicians of the future. Sarah holds quarterly meetings for all the technicians and ensures that the meetings are focused on their needs and wellbeing. She has established a learning community with CPPE and ensures that the team receive regular presentations to update CPD and enhance their development. Sarah has been part of a task and finish group at the RPS  developing up-to-date guidance on the safe and secure handling of medicines. She has recently been a member of a task and finish group at Health Education England looking at new roles for Pharmacy within Mental Health. Sarah is passionate about improving medicines adherence and believes that pharmacy technicians are in a great position to have those meaningful discussions with patients. She has developed a Twitter platform called ‘What About ME’ (the ME also standing for Medicines Education). Sarah was contacted via Twitter to take part in a Radio 2 programme to celebrate the NHS turning 70, and as always used it as an opportunity to highlight the great work that technicians do.


Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award sponsored by 

The Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award will be made to a trainee who, in the opinion of the judges, demonstrates outstanding effort and commitment

Shortlisted Nominees:

Fflur Elenid Gwyn, Student Pharmacy Technician, Betsi Cadwaladr University Healthboard

Nominated by Julie Mathieson, Senior Pharmacy Technician. Procurement & IT, Betsi Cadwaladr University Healthboard

Fflur has a passion for pharmacy and patient care. She is enthusiastic in her work and personal development sharing this with her peers.  Fflur has been fully engaged with all aspects of her training and is now looking forward to developing her career pathway as a registered pharmacy technician.  Her enthusiasm to reach a high standard in her studies has been rewarded with a special commendation for her poster at the North Wales Pharmacy Conference.

Nicola James, Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician, Powys Teaching Health Board

Nominated by Sarah Blythe Gray, Senior Medicines Management Technician, Powys Teaching Health Board

Nicola is currently mid way through the first multi-sector training programme here in Wales, and her training is being undertaken in Community Pharmacy, Secondary Care, GP Practice, Senior Health Board Team and across Community and Social Care sectors. This sounds complicated but works well in a Rural Health Board setting when following a patient through their journey and into their 'home' setting. Nicola has done this with 100% passion, commitment and with total focus on the individual patient and ensuring their safety around medicines use. I feel as a student, Nicola has been pivotal to this pilot training programme being a success thus far. Her desire to deliver a wholly professional pharmacy service to patients and also to work in partnership with her multidisciplinary colleagues, has been such a pleasure to see. Her growth through the training and in her competency in application of her training has exceeded my expectations of a student Pharmacy Technician and also further reinforced the view that multi-sector training can work and should be the way all Pharmacy Technicians of the future are trained. Thank you for all your hard work, dedication to your learning and for enabling successful cross-sector understanding.

Excellence in Leadership Award sponsored by 

The judging panel are looking for an outstanding pharmacy Technician, from any pharmacy sector in the UK who has demonstrated exceptional professional leadership.

Shortlisted Nominees:

Sarah Griffiths,  Chief Technician Pharmacy Procurement and High Cost Drugs, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Nominated by: Iain Davidson/Alison Hill,  Chief Pharmacist/Head of Pharmacy Supply Services, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Sarah is an excellent example of what can be achieved with a mixture of hard work and talent. She moved from technical services to the procurement role 5 years ago and since then has been determined to become an expert and the best in this field. I think she has achieved this with the attainment of her CIPS qualifications and the other knowledge she has accrued through her experiences and networking . What makes her really stand-out for the leadership award is how she has shared this new learning, experience and enthusiasm with those around her, whether within her local team or at a regional level- where she had led numerous educational workshops. We are very proud of her at the Royal Cornwall and feel she is very worthy of this award.

Lisa Green, Pharmacy Dispensary/Operations Manager, St Andrews Healthcare

Nominated by: Libby Clifton, Pharmacy Procurement Lead, St Andrews Healthcare

Lisa is a natural and exceptional leader, she goes above and beyond to encourage others around her.  Lisa’s desire for the best patient outcomes are what drives her to do this and her role model status goes beyond pharmacy.  Lisa consistently delivers results and throughout achieving this will inspire others that they can achieve more.  The qualities that Lisa brings to the profession of Pharmacy Technicians cannot be taught, she is a real example of ‘excellence’ in leadership.


APTUK Branch of the Year sponsored by 

The Branch of the Year Award acknowledges the ongoing dedication, enthusiasm and commitment of Pharmacy Technicians members running local branches voluntarily in their community.

Shortlisted Nominees:

KENT Branch

Nominated by: Lynn Gallagher, Kent Branch Chair


Nominated by: Pam Bahia, London Branch Chair


New for 2019

Excellence in Pharmacy Practice sponsored by 

The Excellence in Pharmacy Practice award recognises an outstanding Pharmacy Technician, team or project that has made a significant contribution to pharmacy practice in any pharmacy sector in the UK. 

This could be:

  • a development of a new service, innovation or a research project
  • improving a service, working practices or utilising new technologies to enhance patient care
  • a multidisciplinary approach to delivering a pharmacy services/care to patients

Shortlisted Nominees:

Bhavesh Rathod, Adam Johnson, Lisa Monaghan,  Pharmacy ED Team,  Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Nominated by: Andrea Ashton, Associate Director of Pharmacy Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

A pilot was commenced at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to establish the benefit and potential skill mix of a pharmacy service in the Emergency Department (ED). The pilot demonstrated the model integrating Medicines Management Pharmacy Technicians  in the team was the most effective and proved significant improvements to medication safety. From this success, a business case was approved and an innovative six day pharmacy service was introduced which has improved the overall care provided to our patients earlier in their hospital stay.

Helen J. Taylor, Pharmacy Technician, Leeds Medicines Formulary Manager and DTG Professional Secretary, Leeds Medicines Advisory Service, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Nominated by Keri Murphy, Lead Pharmacist, Leeds Medicines Advisory Service, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Helen has developed an innovative process for supplying controlled drugs to clinical areas at this large acute NHS trust.  Each clinical area has a bespoke, electronic, live CD stock list which pre-populates a printed CD requisition that meets all legal requirements: all the nurse has to do is add the quantity required for each item and sign it.  This has virtually eliminated errors and released 20 days of nursing time /year for patient care.

Michelle Walker, Rheumatology Pharmacy Technician, Rheumatology, Moving Well Service, Lancashire Care Foundation Trust

Nominated by Catherine Oakes, Highly Specialised Pharmacist (Rheumatology and Biologics), Lancashire Care Foundation Trust

The nomination is for Michelle Walker for the APTUK/AAH Excellence in Pharmacy Practice Award for developing a new pharmacy technician role within a community based rheumatology service. This has improved  the existing service to enhance patient care involving a multidisciplinary approach to delivering a pharmacy services/care to rheumatology patient within Central Lancashire. Michelle’s hard work and dedication to developing this service has made a success of this new role.


New for 2019

Excellence in Pharmacy Education and Development Award sponsored by 

The Excellence in Pharmacy Education and Development award recognises an outstanding Pharmacy Technician, team or project that has made a significant contribution to education, training and development of pharmacy technicians or pharmacy teams in the UK.

Shortlisted Nominees:

Sarah Griffiths, Chief Technician Pharmacy Procurement and High Cost Drugs, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Nominated by Danny Palmer, Regional Medicines Procurement Specialist (SW), UH Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

For some time our regional meetings have been very business focused, and we looked to change the experiences of our colleagues to better engage their views and to contribute - Something that many felt unable to do. Sarah took on the challenge of sharing her experiences of studying for her CIPS exams, and delivered innovative and engaging material that has up-skilled many of our colleagues and refocused our future regional agenda and work plans

Mandeep Matharoo, Principal Pharmacy Technician - Education & Training, Cambridge University Hospitals

Nominated by Gill Shelton,  Principal Pharmacist - Education & Training, Cambridge University Hospitals

Over recent years, an increasing incidence of both physical and mental wellbeing issues has been observed amongst the trainee cohort of pre-reg pharmacists and pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians.  A strategy to support the trainees was developed and Mandeep was a key contributor to a project, in conjunction with the wider E&T team,  to develop a trainee wellbeing strategy in order to move from reactive support to proactive positive wellbeing management. It was essential to empower students with the skills and knowledge to be able to identify ways in which to manage their wellbeing. Also providing them with the confidence to share their experiences and apply their new skills.

The winners of each category will be announced at the APTUK Conference annual awards dinner at on 13th September 2019 – Good Luck!


Applications open April 2019
Applications close 24th May 2019
Judging June 2019
Announcement of shortlists July 2019
The Awards Dinner at APTUK Conference 13th September 2019


APTUK 2019 Annual Conference Honorary and Fellow Member

Honorary Membership

An honorary membership category, ratified by members, was introduced in June 2011, to enable APTUK to acknowledge exceptional service, given either to the Association or to The Pharmacy Technician profession generally, by a person who is not eligible to be a member of APTUK.

The honorary member is a distinctive membership bestowed in recognition of the efforts of the nominee who has made a profound difference by either:

  • championing and upholding the professional role of pharmacy technicians
  • publically supporting the continuing development of pharmacy technicians
  • advancing the roles, knowledge, skills and behaviours of pharmacy technicians
  • working consistently hard on behalf of pharmacy technicians


The awardee will be entitled to lifetime membership of APTUK, however they will not be entitled to any voting rights. Only one honorary membership will be awarded each year.

Nominations may be received from any full member or fellow of APTUK.

To make a nomination please click here

(if you are experiencing difficulties utilising the pdf version of the form, please contact or to request a word version)


Fellow Membership 

Fellow membership is the highest level of APTUK membership and recognises developed expertise and sustained professionalism. Being awarded a fellowship is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon a member.  

The membership category of Fellow is achieved through peer nomination. To be eligible to be nominated members of the Association must demonstrate upholding the values of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) demonstrating loyalty to APTUK and the Pharmacy Technician profession and be well respected by their peers and colleagues.  

A Fellowship is awarded in recognition of exceptional professional performance or outstanding service contribution to the Pharmacy Technicians profession or to the Association, on either a local or a national level.  As APTUK is a professional leadership body, it is important that the Fellows of the Association can demonstrate exemplary leadership capabilities. 

Nominations may be received from any full member or fellow of APTUK and must be seconded by another full member or fellow of APTUK. Following receipt of the application it will be considered by a judging panel, consisting of members of the Board of Directors and a nominated Fellow. 

To make a nomination please click here

(if you are experiencing difficulties utilising the pdf version of the form, please contact or to request a word version)


Honorary and Fellowship Timeline

Nominations open April 2019
Nominations close 24th May 2019
Judging June 2019
Announcement of the winners 13th September 2019 (at the Awards Dinner at APTUK Conference)


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