Senior Clinical Pharmacist to join practice team

Senior Clinical Pharmacist 

Kieran Watts

Post-nominals: MPharm (Hons) MRPharmS

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registration: 2070297

I completed a 4-year Master of Pharmacy degree at the University of Brighton in 2008, achieving First Class Honours. I went on to register as a Pharmacist with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) in July 2009, after successfully completing a year’s Pre-Registration Pharmacist training in an intensive community pharmacy under supervision of an experienced tutor.

Following registration, I worked initially as a Relief Pharmacist covering multiple pharmacy formats, including care home services within Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire for a period of 6 month. I was then appointed as Pharmacist Store Manager in a busy Health Centre based in Oxford City, acting as sole and Responsible Pharmacist. I worked tirelessly to strengthen the pharmacy’s reputation and build highly valued relationships within the local professional network, collaborating with local surgeries to improve service provision and patient care.

My role as a community pharmacist mainly involved providing pharmaceutical care, advice and support to patients, care homes and healthcare professionals whilst ensuring the safe and effective supply of medication. I have gained a wealth of experience in conducting NHS patient-centred Medicines Use Reviews (MURs), actively seeking to improve patients’ understanding of their treatment and medicine adherence. Moreover, I have supported patients on newly prescribed treatment for specific long-term conditions, through structured consultations forming part of the NHS New Medicines Service (NMS).

To support further the health agenda in Oxfordshire, I gained accreditation to provide the Emergency Hormone Contraception (EHC) and Influenza vaccinations alongside other locally commissioned pharmacy-led services, such as supervised consumption and trimethoprim prescribing for uncomplicated UTIs.

I represented pharmacists as an elected Company Chemists Association representative (from May 2011 until March 2015) at the Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC), to promote pharmacy and liaise with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and other external groups such as Oxfordshire’s Carers. The committee formed positive interpersonal relationships with leading GPs within the CCG, improving service provision through commissioning, and created greater pharmacy service exposure helping improve patient care.

I’m pleased to be joining both Eynsham and Windrush Surgeries as Senior Clinical Pharmacist from December 2017. My role aims to help patients achieve optimal management of long-term conditions, supporting those with multiple medicines (polypharmacy) and offering clinical advice about treatments.