In February 2021, the following group of pharmacy professionals virtually met up to start a conversation about sustainability in pharmacy.
Tracy is a Medicines Optimisation Principal Pharmacist in NHS Dorset ICB and has gathered climate conscious pharmacy professionals to form Pharmacy Declares. She believes there needs to be a greater understanding that the climate & ecological crisis is at its heart, a humanitarian issue, but that pharmacy professionals have have an incredible potential to deliver important change, not only to to health delivery but to wider environmental prosperity. She is crowned PJ's Women to Watch 2022.
Peter is currently the Net Zero Assistant Medicines Director in NHS England and NHS Improvement. He was previously the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's Clinical Fellow 2018/19.
Peter has interests in equality, diversity and inclusion and sustainability; he was leading on these areas for pharmacy at King's College Hospital when he was Associate Chief Pharmacist.
Alifia is the head of programme for medical nitrous oxide mitigation within the Scottish Government's Health Infrastructure unit.
Alifia's research on nitrous oxide mitigation has altered the way in which we supply and manage this polluting agent within healthcare. She established the nitrous oxide project which has established her lean systems approach across the UK, ROI, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. The project won the Barema and Association of Anaesthetists Environmental Award and has been highly commended in the BMJ Environmental Award 2021. She is PJ's Women to Watch 2021.
Minna Eii is currently a full-time MSc Environment and Health postgraduate student in University of Exeter based in Cornwall. She was an Acute Medicine Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner and bank NHS 111 Pharmacist in North East England. She is currently the Vice Chair of Sustainability at the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists and chairs the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists' (EAHP) Sustainability Working Group.
Yasmina is a Pre-operative Assessment Pharmacist at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales and is a founding member of her hospital's Green Group and the national Green Health Wales network.
Read Yasmina's blog HERE for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society & her feature in BBC News. She has been has been celebrated as one of 100 of the country’s ‘changemakers’, by Wales’ outgoing Future Generations commissioner.
Jaanvi and Paavani are sisters who educate and advocate sustainable living. Their main focus is exploring the intersections of the climate crisis and sharing that information through a lens of inclusivity.
They speak at schools and organised events to raise awareness about the growing environmental concerns that face our planet, how climate justice is connected with social justice, and what we can do to help as individuals, and as part of a collective.
Martin is the deputy clinical director and lead clinical pharmacist for a Primary Care Network in Kent.
He is a climate activist who has been part of multiple climate protests with Doctors for Extinction Rebellion who use their professional standing to highlight the health aspects of the dual climate and ecological crises to their patients and the general public.
It is great thanks, warmth, and respect that we wish a happy retirement to Pharmacy Declares founding member, Angela Alexander, Professor Emerita, Reading University, MBE (Services to pharmacy practice, education & the voluntary sector)
Angela has worked in hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy and academia. She has an MSc and PhD in the field of pharmacy, two further MScs in Educational and Social Research Methods, Earth Science, and an MA in Shakespeare and Theatre. At the University of Reading, she is Professor Emerita of Pharmacy Education and past Director of the Centre for Inter-Professional Postgraduate Education and Training. Angela was a CPPE tutor from 1991 to 2004 and Regional Manager from 2008 to 2012. Angela also worked as a member of the accreditation team for the General Pharmaceutical Council.
"Angela has been part of the ‘Sustainability in Pharmacy Education’ group of Pharmacy Declares from day one, authoring the first sustainability-mapped Learning Outcomes document and contributing to discussions regarding climate-focused education implementation at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Angela acted as GPhC liaison for work to include sustainability into the Initial Education and Training of pharmacists."
- Minna Eii
"Angela has helped us from the very start with her knowledge, support and encouragement. Individually, Angela has actively called for sustainability within the pharmacy profession over a number of decades and as such was a trail-blazer far ahead of her time. Without her skills and expertise we would not be where we are today."
- Tracy Lyons