After completing my GCSE’s I attended college undertaking A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Geography.
Burton College NVQ Level 3 – Pharmaceutical Sciences
Derby University BTEC Clinical Diploma
The Open University BSc Molecular Sciences
Trainee Pharmacy Technician
Shift Working Pharmacy Technician
Medicines Management Technician
Chief Pharmacy Technician- Clinical Pharmacy
Clinical Governance Technician
The Pharmacy Department
My name is Suzanne and I’m a pharmacy technician.
I have worked in the pharmacy profession since 2000 when I started out as a trainee pharmacy technician in a hospital pharmacy.
Since qualifying I have held many different roles within the department, from Shift Working Technician working alongside the aseptic and dispensary teams within the day and supporting the pharmacist out of hours, to Clinical Pharmacy Technician working with a large team of technicians and other healthcare professionals on the wards supporting patients with their medication.
Outside of work I enjoy socialising, spending time with family and friends. I run regularly and have a half marathon coming up in October.
My Typical Day:
My days are quite varied- some days I work more operationally within the department and other days I am hidden away in the office writing procedures, responding to queries, attending meeting etc.
I’m often involved with supporting and implementing projects and service improvements that are going on within the department or Trust which can be quite time consuming.
Quick Fire Questions
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I don’t have a favourite singer or band but I like electronic and alternative genres.
What's your favourite food?
What did you want to be after you left school?
I had no idea but I liked the Sciences.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not really, although I did talk a lot and still do!
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Getting out of my comfort zone (where I was happy but not feeling challenged anymore) and applied for a job at another Trust, where I am now.
What or who inspired you to do your job?
First of all my Science teacher and as I started my career, the patients.
If you weren't in healthcare, what job would you do?
One that involved being outside more.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be able to play an instrument, speak a different language and to win the lottery.
Tell us a joke.
From my 7 year old…
Q. Why wouldn’t the crab share his sweets?
A. Because he was a little shellfish!