The pharmacy superintendent of Well Pharmacy, Janice Perkins, has stepped down after 15 years in the role.

She will be succeeded by Ifti Khan, who has held the role of deputy pharmacy superintendent for the past 11 months.

Mr Khan has worked in community pharmacy for nearly 30 years and has been at Well Pharmacy for 16 of those. He is also vice-chair and governance lead for Greater Manchester LPC.

Chief executive at Well Pharmacy, Seb Hobbs, said: ‘I cannot thank Janice enough for her commitment, passion and hard work at Well for the last 20 years. Janice’s dedication to community pharmacy is unmatched and everyone at Well will be sad to see her go.’

He added: ‘Over the last 18 months, Ifti has played an important role to help protect our colleagues, patients and business in our response to the pandemic.

‘Ifti’s commitment to developing our pharmacy teams, coupled with his hands-on experience and knowledge will be an invaluable addition to our executive committee as we grow and transform our business.’

Ms Perkins said she will continue to work in the pharmacy sector, as chair of the community pharmacy expert advisory group and as a consultant in areas of patient safety, professional standards, inclusion and diversity, as well as pharmacist wellbeing and development.

‘After 20 years at Well/Co-operative Pharmacy, 15 of these as Pharmacy Superintendent, I’ve made the difficult decision to leave the business,’ said Ms Perkins.

‘I am delighted to be handing over the role of Pharmacy Superintendent to Ifti Khan. It’s been fantastic to see his career develop and grow as a key member of my senior leadership team over the last 10 years.

‘Some of my proudest career moments have been at Well – being appointed Chair of the Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group, a fellow of the RPS, a Visiting Professor in Community Pharmacy Practice at Keele University along with delivering “Safe and Well” our patient safety culture in 750 pharmacies across the UK.’