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Award nomination for Sarah

Posted on Tuesday 20th August 2013
Sarah Teasdale

Sarah Teasdale

A young hospital worker who made the switch from banking to pharmacy has been rewarded with a nomination for a regional award.

Sarah Teasdale, pre-registration pharmacy technician at West Cumberland Hospital, has been nominated for ‘Best Personal Development and Achievement’ in the North West Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician awards which will be held in Manchester on 25 September.

Sarah, 24, of Whitehaven, has been recognised for the hard work she has put in over the past two years, since quitting her job as a bank cashier and joining North Cumbria University Hospitals. She was nominated by staff at Preston College where she has been undertaking classes one day a week.

“It was a total surprise, although it is always nice to be recognised,” said Sarah. “I love my job – when I first saw it advertised, I thought, what a fantastic opportunity to retrain and do something completely new

“I like to learn, and these past two years I have learnt so much, but you never stop learning in this job. People think being a pharmacy technician is just sticking a label on a box of tablets but there’s so much more to it than that. I counsel patients, check their medication is okay, make drugs up for chemotherapy, and also dispense as well.”

Sarah, originally from Workington, will complete her initial training at the end of August, when she will become a Registered Pharmacy Technician.

Linzi Wright, Lead Technician – Education & Training, said: “The nomination is a reflection of the hard work that Sarah has put in throughout her two year training programme during which she has worked towards a BTEC National Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science and an NVQ level 3 Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills.

“She should be very proud of this achievement and I’m sure she has a bright future ahead of her.”