A TRAINEE pharmacist has won a prestigious award from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in recognition of her work in improving patient care and saving Worthing Hospital money.
Rosaline Kennedy, who used to work at Worthing Hospital but has since moved to London, received the Pre-registration Pharmacist of the Year Award.
Rosaline was given her award at a ceremony in Birmingham earlier this month, after she developed a research project on health in West Sussex which showed there is a higher than average number of strokes in the region.
Rosaline said: “This is fantastic news and shows that pharmacists really can make a difference.
“I am delighted to have won the RPS award and I am extremely proud to have improved patient care both in hospital and in the community.”
To tackle this, she developed a health promotion event in collaboration with national charity The Stroke Association raising awareness of how people can prevent strokes, how to limit the risk factors and how pharmacists can play a role in helping stroke patients.
Rosaline also introduced an initiative within Worthing Hospital to save costs by providing training for other staff on how to encourage patients to bring and use their own medicines in hospital – this initiative saved the hospital £38,000 in just three months and if it was adopted across the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust it could save £400,000 a year.
Howard Duff, RPS Director for England said: “Rosaline is a worthy winner of the RPS Pre-Registration Trainee Year of the Year Award.
“She has demonstrated excellent achievement academically as well as clearly showing commitment to patient care above and beyond what is expected throughout her training year.”