Rowlands’ Superintendent Director steps back

After ten years of ‘outstanding’ contribution as Rowlands’ Superintendent Director, Margaret MacRury, has decided to take a step back from a number of areas including her role as Superintendent and focus on the pharmacy contract developments taking place in Scotland which could influence future pharmacy contractual arrangements in England and Wales.

 She will start her new role in February 2022. As a result, Stephen Thomas, currently Margaret’s deputy, will take up the post of Superintendent for Rowlands. Stephen has been with Rowlands for nearly 18 years and has worked side-by-side with Margaret for the last decade.

 Margaret MacRury commented:

“I have hugely enjoyed my time at Rowlands and seen the business grow from strength to strength introducing new initiatives to improve patient care.

“I am immensely proud of our Superintendents team who do outstanding work every day. I know Stephen will continue that commitment to protecting patients and promoting the pharmacy sector.

“During my time as Superintendent Director I have seen our sector ever increasingly being recognised as a critical part of the NHS “family” providing essential access to much-needed healthcare support and advice alongside dispensing. These are exciting times which Stephen will take forward.

“I believe that the Scottish Government understands the unique value of community pharmacy in delivering improved healthcare outcomes. Going forward, I will continue to play my part, alongside Stephen, in promoting community pharmacy not just in Scotland, but throughout Great Britain.”

Stephen Thomas commented:

“I inherit from Margaret a fantastic team of colleagues. Their work and dedication is second to none. Our sector faces many challenges, but also new opportunities. Community pharmacy is the third pillar of our national healthcare service alongside GP surgeries and hospitals. With fair and sustainable funding it can, and does, transform lives.

“PHOENIX will continue to pioneer innovative healthcare provision such as bricks & clicks, blending physical and digital services, whilst at all times putting the patient at the heart of what we do.”

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