Nigerian Woman, Olutayo Arikawe Named Britain’s Best Pharmacist

A Nigerian United Kingdom based pharmacist,  Olutayo Arikawe has joined the league of Nigerians breaking records abroad as she emerged the Britain’s 2016 Pharmacist of the Year. Arikawe, who is a community pharmacist and pharmacist manager at Priory Community Pharmacy in Dudley, had earlier won the Chemist and Druggist (C+D) Community Pharmacist of the Year and Pharmacy Manager of the year awards.

She studied Pharmacy at the University of Ibadan in 1993 - 2000. She went ahead to acquire a Postgraduate diploma in Pharmacy at Aston University in 2005 -2006 and also a Diploma/Msc in Public Heath at the University of London, 2007 - 2008/2008 -2009.

As a visiting lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, she gives career advice and offers work placements for students.

‘I Love My Pharmacist Award’

‘The I Love My Pharmacist’ award was created by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the professional body for pharmacists in Great Britain, to showcase and celebrate the great work that pharmacists do for their patients across the country. It actually celebrates Britain’s best pharmacists.

I was shortlisted by an expert panel to become one of 23 regional finalists back in June 2016. The members of the public then voted for their favourite pharmacist. I won the regional award for midlands and east. In September, the other five regional winners and I had to present to another expert panel that adjudged me the national winner.

I was privileged to have won two awards at the Chemist and Druggist (C+D) awards: the Community Pharmacist of the Year and Pharmacy Manager of the Year. I also won the public health pharmacist of the year at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Awards. I have also won many local and other national awards below;

• Pharmacy learning and development team of the year – First runner up Chemist and Druggist award 2016
• Pharmacy advocate of the year nomination- The pharmacist award 2016
• Minor ailment pharmacy of the year nomination- The pharmacist award 2016
• Health living pharmacy of the year nomination- The pharmacist award 2016
• Alphega pharmacy regional award in recognition of our outstanding achievement in community pharmacy 2015
• Public health pharmacist of the year – Pharmacy business award 2014
• Patient services pharmacist of the year nomination- Pharmacy business award 2014
• Pharmacy team learning and development award- Independent community pharmacy award 2014

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