In the latest blog for our new ‘A day in the life of’ series, we’re delighted to be joined by Darren Wilson, Pharmacy Technician at Claremont. We learn about Darren’s role, hear about his favourite bits of the job and learn about the attributes needed to succeed in the position. Continue reading to find out more…
Darren, thanks for taking time to write for our new blog! To start off, tell us a bit about you?
“No worries, thanks for the invitation, it’s a great opportunity to write for the new blog. So, a bit about me. I joined the Claremont Pharmacy team in early November 2015 as a Pharmacy Technician, after working twenty-five plus years in varied Pharmaceutical roles in the NHS and private sector.
Outside of Pharmacy I very much enjoy all things two wheels. Whether it be mountain biking in the Peak District or competing in regional and national off road motorcycling events, it’s fair to say from a very young age I was bitten with the biking bug.”
Darren at a local race event at Kieradan MX park near Scunthorpe
Wow – we weren’t expecting that last bit, Darren! Great to see you like to keep active outside of your work at Claremont. Can you tell us a bit about the day job? What does a typical day look like?
“A typical day for me is varied, from face-to-face outpatient counselling, to preparing discharge medications and placing and chasing pharmaceutical orders. Also accuracy-checking prescriptions and reconciling inpatient drug charts on the ward, there’s certainly never a dull moment!
I’m also one of our STEP-up patient safety ambassadors, so I’m never far away from delivering staff training or meeting with our STEP-up team.”
And what would you say is your favourite part of the job?
“I take great satisfaction from making a difference. That could be from helping address a process or IT issue, or spotting a wrongly prescribed medicine on a drug chart. To put my experience to use and see it have a positive impact on patient care is extremely rewarding.”
Do you have a particular highlight or achievement from your time in post that you’d like to share?
“There’s a few I could name but I’ve got to say being part of the Claremont team when we were awarded the ‘Outstanding’ rating by the CQC was a huge moment. It’s a huge achievement to receive an Outstanding award and goes to show the great work taking place right across the hospital. We’re keen to keep building on this success though and as we like to say, we’re dedicated to delivering exceptional healthcare.”
What are the most important attributes of the job?
In this role definitely a strong eye for detail and persistence when it comes to solving problems! It’s a great job at a fantastic place to work with really good colleagues – so if anyone’s interested in joining the team they shouldn’t think twice!