Specials Pharmacy Production Unit

For she’s a jolly good Fellow

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Fellowship is an honour which recognises those individuals who have attained distinction in their pharmacy career and is one of the highest honours that can be bestowed upon its Members. As Fellowships are based on nominations from Members, they signify the esteem in which the individual is held by his or her peers.

Alison, also now a Visiting Professor at The University of Sunderland, is a leading expert nationally on the quality of medicines. Alison, obtained her degrees at Sunderland and Strathclyde Universities, and registered as a pharmacist after completing her pre-registration year at Newcastle General Hospital.

Alison has worked in the NHS for her entire working life and, before her regional role, was most recently Head of Quality Control at The Freeman Hospital, part of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She is currently based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary’s Pharmacy Production Unit, now called Newcastle Specials.

On hearing of her award, Alison said: “I am delighted to receive this professional distinction. It has been a great privilege to have worked with so many great colleagues, and this award is all the more special because it is as a result of their nominations.”

Alison, has been both Secretary and Chairman of the national NHS Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance Committee, and is currently Vice-Chair. She is a published author and edits the NHS standards for unlicensed aseptic units on behalf of the national Quality Assurance Committee.

Alison was awarded a Professional Doctorate from the University of Sunderland in 2010, on the topic of standards for the preparation and production of medicines.