We've handed this week's blog over to pharmacist, and Facebook personality extraordinaire, Hala Jawad! A bit like our CEO, Jonny, Hala is a pharmapreneur and she's impressing people all over the UK with her drive, work ethic and her genuinely happy demeanour!
“Hi guys, my name’s Hala, and I'm a pharmacist who’s passionate about all things pharmacy!
I’m one of the lucky ones to have been involved in many other activities outside of a traditional pharmacy career. I’ve tried my hand at some media-related performances, and I love writing blogs just like this! I’ve worked in a community pharmacy setting and as a GP practice pharmacist. Every role has been different, but equally vital to my learning process. I have developed a special interest in public health and improving patient outcomes.
The most rewarding part of my career to date has been the positivity and enthusiasm shown towards the pharmacy profession by patients and colleagues alike.
Giving back is important to me. I get a sense of satisfaction from helping others, especially the new generation of pharmacist who have graduated and completed their pre-reg year!
I'm humbled to be a Foundation Champion and I have recently become a GP practice pharmacist mentor for the RPS, helping and offering support to as many pharmacists a possible.
In a very short period after qualifying as a pharmacist, my hard work is beginning to pay off. I have received some accolades, such as being recognised as the very first Pharma Face, I’ve been referred to as The Brighton Titan and I’ve been shortlisted as one of the Top 50 Pharmacy Influencers by Chemist & Druggist.
I’ve become a public health moderator for the RPS network and I sit on a steering group for the RPS in Surrey. And as if I’m not busy enough already, I'll soon be standing for this year's RPS English Pharmacy Board elections!
My aim is to support and help as many pharmacists as possible to achieve their dreams and goals. I also want their voice to be heard as we innovate in our profession.
The future of pharmacy seems promising. The new roles appearing in practice pharmacy are exciting, we can play a vital role in freeing up time for GPs and act to keep people out of our crowded hospitals. I look forward to seeing a strengthened relationship between community pharmacy and GP practices.
I’m excited to involve myself in more activities outside of the dispensary and I’d encourage everyone to do the same, you’ll have a ball!”
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