Be recognised

Being selected as a finalist and ultimately a winner greatly increases the career profile of individuals and increases brand value for organisations.

It is an opportunity to review projects or a business and realise the proactive and innovative approach that led to its success. These are the projects that raise the industry benchmark and allow everyone to learn, which benefits us all and more importantly all our customers.

  Apart from the peer and industry recognition, through Pharmacy Today magazine, this website and the awards evening there is a financial prize. Each category winner receives a $1000 package apart from Future Pharmacist of the Year which receives a $2000 package. The category winners then have the further opportunity to win the overall Supreme Award valued at $3,000, giving a category winner the potential to win an overall total prize valued at $4,000.

Past award winners gain recognition and satisfaction

Pharmacy professionals often go unrecognised for all the good work they do, Hawke’s Bay DHB’s chief pharmacist Billy Allan says.

So, when Mr Allan entered his pharmacy team in the annual Pharmacy Today/Guild Pharmacy Awards, and they did get the recognition they deserved, the team experienced a huge amount of satisfaction, he says.

Mr Allan led his team to win the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand Professional Service of the Year award at the 2015 awards.

The team, consisting of Anne Denton, Brendan Duck, Vanessa Brown, Sue Ward and Di Vicary, ran a successful pilot which funded clinical pharmacists to work in general practices, with a four-to-one return on investment.

Entering the awards has been hugely rewarding for the team, Mr Allan says. “The team feels really chuffed. What you do in your own patch doesn’t always get recognised,” Mr Allan says.

The win has sparked other DHBs to replicate what the Hawke’s Bay team has been doing.
“One of the big benefits is you get your work out there into the national arena,” Mr Allan says.
WellSouth PHO in Dunedin, and Northland and Nelson Marlborough DHBs, are at various stages of implementing the project, he says.

Mr Allan advises entrants to thoroughly document how their projects benefit patients and not to submit their projects too early.
Overall, the team spent three years on the project with planning, putting it into practice and getting outcome data.

Mr Allan strongly encourages pharmacies to enter the awards. The process of putting together a project, seeing it through to the end and documenting it builds discipline and provides closure, he says. “If you do get an award, it’s an extra pat on the back,” Mr Allan says.“Do it, go for it – it’s worth it.”

  Hawke’s Bay DHB’s pharmacy team, consisting of Di Vicary, Vanessa Brown, Brendan Duck, Anne Denton and Billy Allan, is awarded Professional Service of the Year at the Pharmacy Today/Guild Pharmacy Awards 2015 in Auckland

Entering the awards good for business
Unichem Buchanans Pharmacy in Whangarei won the Community Pharmacy of the Year Award at the 2015 Pharmacy Today/Guild Pharmacy Awards. The pharmacy also won two awards at the Green Cross Health annual conference (28 to 20 August 2015).

The string of awards prompted a special visit by associate health minister Peter Dunne in September last year.

Mrs Buchanan says she has gained useful insights into her business from entering the awards and encourages other pharmacies to enter.

Winning has been positive for business, fostering new relationships with a variety of people and organisations, she says.

So give it a go. Get your entry together!

All entries and information supplied are treated in the strictest confidence, any information released in relation to finalists entries are subject to finalist approval.