A recent graduate has been awarded a prestigious national accolade from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).
Vikki Watters (27) who graduated from the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences in summer 2010 with a Masters of Pharmacy degree, was selected ahead of her contemporaries from across the UK for the RPS Pre-registration Trainee of the Year award (supported by Morrison Supermarkets Plc). She collected the award at an official ceremony held on Sunday 11 September at the Commonwealth Club in London.
Vikki, who lives in Kirkcaldy, Fife, recently completed her pre-registration year at Boots UK within the Kirkcaldy Retail Park branch. She was selected for the RPS award in recognition of the numerous initiatives she developed during her pre-reg year, and in particular a complete solutions winter health project she designed, tailoring advice to groups of vulnerable patients, including pregnant women, diabetic patients, babies and young children.
She was also commended for a sun protection quiz she designed and ran with local girl guides, plus patient leaflets she produced for key conditions such as threadworm and head lice which are part of the organisation's Minor Ailment Scheme.
Vikki said: "I was delighted to be nominated for the award, and so surprised when I was shortlisted and invited to the RPS Awards Dinner in London. It was a brilliant night which really celebrated success within the pharmacy profession - and it was very inspiring to hear all the achievements of the pharmacist nominees in other categories. I feel very fortunate to have been placed in a fantastic environment for pre-reg. My tutors and the team in my store really motivated me to build on the knowledge and skills I gained during my time at RGU, and were a brilliant support throughout the projects that ultimately helped me to win this award."
Professor Donald Cairns, Acting Head of the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences said: "This is a great achievement for Vikki and richly deserved. I'm sure everyone in the School will join me in congratulating her. Vikki was an outstanding student at RGU and I'm sure she will go on to be a success in the profession of pharmacy."
Derek Evans, Pharmacy Area Manager for Morrisons, who presented Vikki with her award said: "Vikki's award was well earned. Her commitment and dedication throughout the year resulted in her receiving the highest mark in her pre-registration group. My fellow judges are I were particularly impressed that her ideas were shared with her Head Office to be developed further and implemented within the company. These tangible results, combined with her tutors' excellent feedback, made Vikki a clear choice for the award which I was delighted to confer on the night."
The evening proved to be cause for double celebration for the university. Professor Derek Stewart, of the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences was announced as the winner of the Pharmacy Practice Research Trust (PPRT) RPS Conference Practice Research Award. He was selected for his significant contribution to the field of pharmacy practice research, and his potential to become a leader in the field.
Professor Stewart delivered an address to the audience on the night which focused on the role of the pharmacist prescriber and the need for the development of a more formal strategic direction for the profession.
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