Community pharmacists or pharmacy teams can now put themselves forward for the Pharmacist of the Year award as part of the General Practice Awards 2021.

The award will recognise a pharmacist or team who have embraced new technologies and ways of working, and who has sought to improve patient care in their local community.

Previous winners have included the Modality Partnership Hull Pharmacist Team, James Tibbs of AR Pharmacy in Southampton, and Bristol-based contractor Ade Williams.  

Pharmacy staff can also enter three awards recognising work on clinical improvements this year – in the areas of chronic conditions, mental health, and public health and prevention.

The Clinical Improvement: Chronic Conditions award will recognise a team or individual who has demonstrated excellence when supporting patients with chronic conditions. This could include through projects, strategies or schemes that have been implemented to improve long-term patient care, helping to improve people’s lives and the management of their symptoms.

For the Clinical Improvement: Mental Health award, the judges are looking for an individual or team who has gone above and beyond to improve mental health services in their area, either through an ongoing high-quality standard of care or through an innovative scheme.

The Clinical Improvement: Public Health and Prevention award will recognise excellence in improving healthcare in their local area and nominees who have raised awareness, encouraged engagement, and who have ensured the wellbeing of the local population.

This year marks the 13th annual General Practice Awards, which are held by the Pharmacist’s publisher, Cogora.

The deadline for entries is 1 June, with the ceremony taking place on 10 December.