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In her last column as APTUK president, Tess Fenn highlights new opportunities for pharmacy technicians and announces her successor.

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As 2019 kicks off, Tess Fenn looks back at APTUK’s successes in 2018 and considers her own personal New Year’s resolution and what the future holds.

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As APTUK’s presidential election process gets underway, Tess Fenn considers the qualities and skills that make a good leader.

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I started my Pharmacy Technician career as an apprentice back in the early 90’s, since then I have had a varied career and have worked in a number of different Hospital Pharmacy’s  in roles that included being a rotational technician, specialising in aseptics, leading on technician and support staff training and having a governance role.

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I have worked as a Pharmacy Technician in both NHS and Academia since 1989! I know I don’t look old enough!

In January 2018 I took on the role as Secretary for APTUK. This is a voluntary role with Board of Director responsibilities. It requires me to organise the invites, agendas and minutes / action notes for all the Professional Committee and Board of Director meetings. In addition to these “traditional” secretarial duties I also maintain the files (hard copies) for Companies House as part of our legal requirements as a Limited by Guarantee Company.

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I am Diane Meech, I work as the Principal Pharmacy Technician in the role of Homecare Lead, at the Royal Brompton Hospital. Our patients come from all over the UK, and we need to ensure they receive ongoing supplies of the medications initiated by the hospital clinicians.

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For this #RXTechday, I'd like to celebrate with all my technician colleagues far and wide by saying, "Well done, keep up the good work. Your role is invaluable in your pharmacy team."

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Each stage of my career in pharmacy is an achievement to celebrate, the continuing development of the role of the pharmacy technician is both challenging and rewarding.

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Saturday 30th June was a normal average day, until by pure accident I went onto my NHSmail and found an email sent late on Friday night addressed ‘Invitation to a reception at 10 Downing Street to Celebrate 70 Years of the NHS [OFFICIAL]’. My first thought was, this is a scam! Someone is out to wind me up!

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As a pharmacy technician registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council I'm always looking for innovative ways to achieve revalidation activities. In May 2017 I came across a series of live tweets by Canadian pharmacy technician  Amanda Mushynski about the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technicians (CAPT) conference that she was attending.

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In 2015 I applied to join the APTUK professional committee as a National Officer. I am proud to be a pharmacy technician and decided to share my passion by becoming involved with my professional leadership body, APTUK.

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It’s Thursday.

The week has been very busy, and a plan for a quiet Thursday catching up on office work has become a little derailed due to a serious incident that has been uncovered recently.

I work for NEL CSU, a commissioning support unit that provides services of one sort or another to CCGs all over England.

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I always look forward to Thursdays as I get an opportunity to use my skills and knowledge to support patients in managing their anticoagulant therapy. Thursday is also a clinic day where I get to see a number of patients to provide warfarin counselling.

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This could be a tough question for me, as my job these days is being the President of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians but reflecting on this all that I do is linked with improving patient safety. How, you might ask, as I spend my time attending meetings, attending conferences, presenting on behalf of APTUK and pharmacy technicians, chairing meetings, responding to emails and requests, responding to consultations, nationally and locally advocating the role of pharmacy technicians, developing strategies, polices , supporting the APTUK team of Directors and Professional Committee National Officers and much much more.

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Most children will experience at least one ear infection, while adults often have hearing issues due to age or noise exposure

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In her second article on supervision, Tess Fenn discusses potential moves that could enable transformational change of pharmacy practice and greater use of community pharmacy.

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In this, the first of two articles on supervision, Tess Fenn discusses why this issue is important and where it fits in with current policy

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