Celesio healthcare development manager made Fellow of Royal Pharmaceutical Society

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has awarded Fellowship to Paul Harris, healthcare development manager for Celesio, in recognition for his work in Wales to take pharmacy forward.

Paul is already current chair of both the Welsh Government’s Pharmaceutical Committee and the CCA Welsh Management Group, as well as vice chair of RPS Wales. He is also a member of the RPS GB Assembly and of the Modernising Pharmacy Careers (Wales) Board.

Paul qualified as a pharmacist in 1983 and was employed in a wide variety of store based and regional roles within the pharmacy sector. For the last ten years he has focussed on pharmacy affairs in Wales and continues to work closely with Welsh Government and external stakeholders to influence the strategic direction for the profession in Wales.

Last year Paul joined Celesio (which includes LloydsPharmacy and AAH), as a healthcare development manager. Covering Wales and the South West, he is passionate about developing strategic partnerships with NHS organisations and other commissioners, identifying challenges and helping design cost effective healthcare solutions. He is currently involved in the tendering of several NHS Trusts to outsource their outpatient dispensing services, with the aim of improved patient outcomes combined with cost benefits.

Being appointed a Fellow of the Society is one of the highest honours that can be bestowed upon its members, recognising those individuals who have attained distinction in their pharmacy career. Fellowships are based on nominations from society members, signifying the esteem in which the individual is held by his or her peers.

Paul says: “I was very excited to receive the letter as it was a complete surprise and am honoured to be deemed worthy of the award. It’s nice to have this recognition for all the work I have done with RPS over the years.”