This award recognises a project you’ve completed over the past year using entrepreneurial initiative in either a community pharmacy, hospital or pharmaceutical industry setting.



2018Jing Chan worked to expand the clinical pharmacy service provided by Auckland’s Mt Eden Pharmacy to three private Southern Cross Hospitals, by improving the promotion and education of pharmacy services to ward staff and hospital managers. As an outside service provider, Ms Chan began several initiatives including medicines reconciliation education sessions for ward nurses, liaising with hospital managers on how to implement measures to improve patient safety, and notifying doctors of medication errors. To find out how her efforts were being received, Ms Chan surveyed nursing staff in February 2017 and again in 2018, after a year of providing the service. Most nurses stated they were very satisfied with the new expanded clinical pharmacy service, felt patient safety had increased, hoped the current service would continue in a similar way and wished for more pharmacy education in the future. The judges say Jing’s entry is impressive because improving patient safety and customer satisfaction at a group of private hospitals as a service provider to the group, as opposed to as an employee of the hospital, is difficult to achieve.

2017Olivia Lyons, Pharmacy 547, winning entry was called “Expanding the role of a clinical pharmacist in general practice” and the title sums it up well. Apart from increasing services offered to general practice, Olivia successfully implemented a project targeting high-needs patients who had trouble accessing pharmacy services.

2016Seeing potential in a struggling pharmacy in New Plymouth was the start of a successful career for Merrilands Pharmacy's owner Charles Walker. Mr Walker and his wife took the challenge on in July 2012, having qualified as a pharmacist only seven months earlier. The objective of Mr Walker's project was to fulfil the potential of Merrilands Pharmacy and further his career as a pharmacist.

2015High rates of rheumatic fever in Kawerau compelled Michelle Whyte, of Kawerau Pharmacy, to get involved in the local multidisciplinary team formed to target the condition. She helped educate patients and the community on the need to take a complete course of antibiotics. Michelle also introduced use of the probiotic treatment Blis K12.

2014Samit Patel of Unichem Greenhithe Pharmacy recognised there was considerable appetite for nutritional medicine advice and products in the Greenhithe market. Sam upskilled in the area and created a nutritional clinic for paying customers which enabled one-on-one meetings with patients. He hired Jayant Patel (no relation) to help back up his pharmacy work. The results were outstanding with the average sale increasing 25%.