Bristol pharmacist gains profession’s highest honour for outstanding contribution

June 12th 2018

A Bristol pharmacist, who has served local communities and who has helped shaped healthcare across social care and the prison service, has been awarded the highest honour for her work in supporting patients and colleagues.

Cathy Cooke, the pharmacy manager at Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre, has more than 30 years’ experience in hospitals and high street pharmacies in the area and now she has been named a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), the body responsible for the leadership and support of the pharmacy profession within England, Scotland and Wales.

Fellowship is conferred by the Society’s Panel of Fellows on pharmacists who have been judged to have made outstanding and original contributions to the advancement of pharmaceutical knowledge or practice.

Cathy, who was head of medicines at Bristol Community Health and who trained at Bath University, said: “I was delighted when I heard the news. To be selected, a pharmacist must be nominated by three other members of the Society, one of whom must be a Fellow. The panel then hear evidence of what you have contributed to the development of pharmaceutical best practice, not just in the work place but by contributing to medicine management in the wider community through boards and advisory groups.”

Cathy has not only supported city people in her work as community pharmacist; she has also helped some of the most vulnerable people across the country through her work with national bodies and authorities.

As a Vice Chairman of NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) – the Managing Medicines for People Receiving Social Care in the Community Group - she helped to ensure people had access to services, while as a member of the National Prescribing Centre prison advisory group and NHS England National Health and Justice Pharmacy Advisory Group, she has helped to create medicines policies that were safe and supportive for prisoners and detainees.

Stephane Jaglin, who works as a pharmacist with Cathy at Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre, said: “Cathy is widely known and respected throughout the profession for her tireless work enabling bodies to produce strong and workable procedures that genuinely support patients.

“Her clinical knowledge is exceptionally wide, with specialities in pain management and substance abuse. This has helped her ensure our profession and its services support some very vulnerable members of society, while her role as a consultant in forensic science to the Metropolitan Police and her work in prisons has been having an effect throughout the justice system.

“She is ferociously intelligent, as well as being tireless, and she regularly contributes to our profession’s legal bible, the Medicine Ethics and Practice. On top of that she still finds time to embrace social media; blogging and using Twitter to build understanding of the pharmacists’ role and the importance of patient welfare. No one deserves this accolade more than her.”