Nick Beavon, Chief Pharmacist, Wandsworth CCG
“I have worked as a pharmacist in the NHS for 32 years after graduating with a Bachelor of Science ( BSc) in Pharmacy at Kings College London in 1986, achieving an Master of Science ( MSc) in Pharmacy Practice in 1998 and awarded a Fellowship of the Faculty of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2015. I worked as a hospital pharmacist between 1986 and 1999 working in several London hospitals and Kingston & Richmond Health Authority before moving to Putney & Roehampton Primary Care Group in Wandsworth in 2001 as a Prescribing Advisor to GP Practices. I became the Chief Pharmacist in Wandsworth PCT/CCG in 2005 which covers over 40 GP Practices serving a population of just over 400,000 patients.
“I enjoy continuing to work locally with GPs and hospital colleagues along with my pharmacy team improving the health outcomes for patients through giving advice and guidance on medicines. In my role as Chair of the national Pharmaceutical Advisers Group (PAG) this gives me the opportunity to work with primary care colleagues across the country including links to the Department of Health, NHS England and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society helping to shape the future of pharmacy, contributing to national policies and improve patient care.
“I have worked in Wandsworth since 2001 and working with colleagues, GP Practices and the public is very rewarding by imparting pharmaceutical knowledge and advice from my experience in the NHS.
“My proudest moment was being awarded a life-long Fellowship to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2016. Being appointed a Fellow of the Society is one of the highest honours that can be bestowed on a pharmacist. Fellowship is an honour which recognises those individuals who have attained distinction in their pharmacy career.”