Boots UK has introduced a new ‘aspirational’ role for pharmacists to recognise those who are innovating within the profession.

The specialist practitioner role is for pharmacists who are working to improve patients’ lives by, for example, pioneering research or driving impact in the local community.

It is open to pharmacists working for Boots who have been qualified for at least 18 months, preferably with expertise in internal and external pharmacy.

Successful candidates will be appointed to the role for a specified time period. They they will be attached to a sponsor within their area of expertise who will provide training and help grow their skillset.

Boots UK chief pharmacist, Marc Donovan, said: ‘As the landscape of pharmacy changes, the role of the pharmacist is evolving to respond to the additional opportunities to further impact patients’ lives, and as an organisation, we want to ensure we attract and retain the very best pharmacist colleagues.

‘As part of our overall career progression strategy, we want to ensure we have clear clinical career pathways and support available to all our pharmacists.’