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Pharmacy student honoured with prestigious trophy


A Robert Gordon University (RGU) student is celebrating success after being named Pharmacist of the Future at this year’s Scottish Pharmacist Awards.

Professor Donald Cairns and Charlotte RigdenCharlotte Rigden, a fourth year Pharmacy student originally from Shetland, received the award last week at the award ceremony in Edinburgh.

She was shortlisted in recognition of her tireless work as President of RGU’s Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Patient Safety Society.

Charlotte has been a key member of the society for a number of years, including working as Treasurer and Vice-President in recent years.

It is also not her first time in the spotlight, having been shortlisted for the Student Leadership Award at last year’s Scottish Pharmacy Awards and receiving high commendation at the ceremony.

Charlotte said: “I’m really honoured to have won the Pharmacist of the Future award and I think all of the finalists’ achievements speak for themselves.

“My passion has always been patient safety and I’m really proud of what I have managed to achieve at RGU and with the IHI Patient Safety Chapter. The four years I have studied at RGU have been the best of my life and every day I am grateful that I made the decision to come here and study.

“Not only have I learned so much about being a pharmacist, but I have been helped to develop as a leader, a team member and an advocate for every single patient. RGU should be proud of their continuing commitment to helping students develop into professionals who can make pharmacy the best it can be.”

Charlotte was not the only RGU student nominated at the awards ceremony, as fellow Pharmacy students Monica Kate Hewitt and Eleftheria-Artemis Giatra were also shortlisted for Pharmacist of the Future. Joshua Miller from the University of Strathclyde was the remaining nominee.

Monica made the shortlist due to her work as Pharmacist Defence Association Representative at RGU, where she acts as a point of contact should any of her fellow students find themselves in any legal difficulty.

Artemis, as with Charlotte, was shortlisted for the Student Leadership Award at the 2016 Scottish Pharmacy Awards. She currently acts as a Vice Representative for RGU’s Pharmacy Defence Association group and also Vice President alongside Charlotte at the IHI Patient Safety Chapter.

Dr Ruth Edwards, Pharmacy Course Leader at RGU, said: “All of us in the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences were delighted when our students were nominated and we are immensely proud of Charlotte for her victory.

“This is the 4th year in a row that an RGU student has won this award, which is open to all pharmacy students across Scotland. I think it reflects how engaged our students are with the wider profession and their enthusiasm for taking on leadership roles that improve care for patients. Our students are one of the reasons our school is ranked as the top in the country.”

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Release by Jonathon Milne
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