The entire Community Pharmacy network in Scotland has won the ‘Top Team Award’ at the Scottish Health Awards.
They came out on top against some strong opposition. Lomond Ward Nursing Team, Vale of Leven Hospital, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Team Echo, Scottish Ambulance Service Special Operations Response Team were named as finalists.
Professor Mags Watson who came up with the idea of nominating the entire Scottish Community Pharmacy network for this award commented:
“I nominated all the community pharmacies of Scotland for the team award because they kept their doors open, day in and day out. They kept delivering their services even though many were without PPE in the first few weeks. They kept delivering their services even though people were presenting with COVID-19 symptoms rather than staying at home.
“They kept delivering their services despite being faced with abusive individuals. They kept their doors open; they were a (and are) point of care and support for the communities they served. There is no specific Scottish Health Award category for the pharmacy profession. There should be. Perhaps the pharmacy organisations of Scotland should consider supporting this initiative in future years?
“There needs to be recognition of the substantial contribution of community pharmacy teams across Scotland to the health system in general and more specifically throughout this year, 2020, when they were faced with a unique, frightening and sometimes overwhelming challenge, and they rose to that challenge with grace, dignity and professionalism.”
Interim Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland Alison Strath said:
“Community pharmacy teams across the country are well-deserved winners of this prestigious award. Throughout the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, they remained open for patients and members of the public, at times working in extremely busy and challenging circumstances.
“They established new services such as NHS Pharmacy First Scotland service and adapted to use new technologies such as video conference consultations.
“This award is a wonderful accolade to the professionalism, perseverance, persistence and passion of community pharmacy teams to serve their local communities.”
Community Pharmacy Chief Executive Professor Harry McQuillan commented:
“It’s fantastic that the judges have recognised the incredible professionalism, commitment and dedication that the entire community pharmacy network has shown this year, particularly during the pandemic. We have heard so many stories of our teams going above and beyond to help patients during difficult times.
“Right across the country, every team has come together to play their part and I couldn’t be more pleased for them as they are crowned “Team of the Year” at the Scottish Health Awards 2020.”
Clare Morrison, Royal Pharmaceutical Society Director for Scotland, said:
“Community pharmacy teams have worked incredibly hard this year to deliver fantastic patient care in what have often been very difficult circumstances. We are hugely proud of how the pharmacy profession has responded to the challenges of the Covid pandemic and this is a well-deserved recognition for community pharmacy teams across Scotland.”