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Alison Beaney

Former Regional Quality Assurance Specialist Pharmacist, North East

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  • Tribute: John Alan Vickers

    14 SEP 2018

    It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Alan Vickers. John Alan Vickers was born on 20 November 1928 in Bishop Auckland in County Durham but everyone, with few exceptions, called him Alan. I had the pleasure of knowing Alan for 40 years, working with him in the NHS in his role as Area Pharmaceutical Officer for the South Tyne Region (this title becoming district pharmaceutical officer by the time of his retirement in 1988). I also worked alongside him as a committee memb

  • Tribute: William PitkethlySubscription

    25 AUG 2017

    It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Dr Bill Pitkethly. I had the pleasure of knowing Bill for 40 years, initially in his role as a lecturer at Sunderland School of Pharmacy and then as regional quality control pharmacist for the NHS Northern Regional Health Authority. Bill served in this latter, newly-created, post until his retirement from the NHS. I worked with Bill for much of that time, during which he built a strong foundation for this post, in which I later succeeded

  • A solution to the skill gap in pharmacy technical servicesSubscription

    19 JUL 2016

    Those of us working in pharmacy technical services know how difficult recruitment can be. Most newly registered pharmacists choose clinical or community roles and we are left with the problem of where our future workforce will come from. In 2013, a survey attempted to obtain some real data about pharmacy staffing, including technical services. It highlighted large numbers of pharmacists over t

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