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Sheila Strachan

PG Cert in Managing Health and Social Care and MSc Health and Social Care Management (2014)

Sheila Strachan

Sheila qualified as a pharmacy technician in 1997. Since then she has enjoyed a varied career working in sections of pharmacy, including mental health and ward services within different hospital trusts across the UK.

Sheila currently works as a Principal Pharmacy Technician for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, where she is part of the senior management team providing operational and business input into pharmacy service development.

Sheila recently completed her master’s degree in Managing in Health and Social Care in 2014 at the University of Bradford. Her final dissertation was on ‘Evaluation of an Electronic Medicine Management (eMM) System within an Acute Hospital Trust’. The results of which have gained her a lot of appreciation locally and nationally. She has presented her results at various conferences and has been interviewed for an article to be published in the Pharmacy Management Journal.

Sheila said:  “When I started to evaluate the use of the eMM system for my dissertation, I was unaware of the benefits that such a system could bring. The use of an eMM system has made a significant improvement to the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the medicine management processes within the Pharmacy Department and the value it brings to patient care.”

Sheila has been highly commended recently in the Pharmacy Technician of the Year Award 2014 and has been shortlisted for recognition of her work in the Trust’s ‘Our Stars’ staff awards for 2014 in the Keeping Our Patients Safe category.

Sheila added: “I started on this journey in 2009, when I had the opportunity to undertake the PG Certificate in Managing Health and Social Care through the Trust and did not think at that time that I would progress to undertake an MSc in Health and Social Care Management. The journey was sometimes demanding, due to holding down a full time job while having to fit studying in at nights and weekends, but my tutor encouraged, advised and supported me throughout this project.

“I feel that by gaining my MSc, I now have the knowledge, skills and confidence to become a more effective manager and face the challenges of today’s NHS.”