Kate Preston, Technical Services Associate
Kate began her pharmacy career as a student pharmacy technician at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in 2005, qualifying as a Pharmacy Technician in 2007.
Since then, she has worked in a variety of roles within oncology/aseptic units, clinical trials and now as the Training Manager- Technical Services at Royal Free London.
In 2013 she gained her A1 assessor qualification and has been mentoring, supporting and assessing both ATOs and Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians since.
Within her current role, she is responsible for the development and maintenance of training systems for the Technical Services department, which includes MHRA licensed Non-Sterile, Chemotherapy, Terminally Sterilised Batches, the Centralised Intravenous Additive Services (CIVAS) and unlicensed Parenteral Nutrition and chemotherapy units across two sites.
Kate is proud to be a pharmacy technician, and equally proud to be a pharmacy technician within Technical Services.
It is Kate’s passion for Technical Services that has led to her involvement in various initiatives to raise the profile of Technical Services in the wider pharmacy community, and more recently the establishment of the virtual Technical Services Branch of APTUK.
Kate has been a member of The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK for most of her career, however, accepting the position as Technical Services Associate and acting as Chair of the virtual Technical Services Branch are her first active roles for APTUK.
Kate is excited to take on this role, and hopes it will enable increased representation of this sector of the pharmacy workforce within APTUK.