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Pharmacist, independent prescriber

Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
October 18, 2016

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Ali Mawji

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B** 9XD

Tel: 079********


GPhC: 2066967


I am currently a pharmacist (MRPharmS), regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), with a keen clinical interest working within the community at a busy pharmacy practice in Perry Barr, Birmingham. I also work part time as a pharmacist locum. I have been qualified since 2007, having graduated from The University of Sunderland.

I am enthusiastic about my chosen profession, and keen on expanding my knowledge, exploring different ventures within the career. Since qualifying, I have learnt a lot about pharmacy, and our skills as healthcare professionals. I have worked a lot along side doctors and nurses and served as a good means of clarifying issues and issuing useful information when required. I still wish to expand my scope and gain experience within different areas of my field.

In 2015 I decided to further my knowledge and pursue the Independent Pharmacist qualification, which I completed successfully at the University of Hertfordshire. I believe that there is scope in the NHS for other healthcare professionals to be useful as prescriber’s. I wish to utilize my new skills and knowledge as a pharmacist and implement them into prescribing wherever there is a need, and as a means to help the NHS wherever possible.

Due to my pharmaceutical experience, all round knowledge of medication and higher understanding of prescribing legalities and cost effectiveness, I believe I will make an excellent pharmacist independent prescriber and hope to use my new qualification to the best of my ability.

Employment and Education

January 2016- present: Once weekly independent prescribing hypertension clinic at

‘Balsall Heath Health Centre’

January-September 2015: Independent Pharmacist Prescribing (IP)

(University of Hertfordshire)

2008-present: Joint owner/Pharmacist manager of Star pharmacy, 295 walsall road

Perry Barr, Birmingham.

Various independent locum work for many pharmacy company’s.

2007-2008: Boots pharmacy, relief pharmacist in Sutton Coldfield.

2006-2007: Pharmacist Pre-registration year, Boots Pharmacy Huntingdon,


2002-2006: Masters Degree in Pharmacy (MRPharmS)

University of Sunderland.

Development and Experience

The pharmacy course is a 4 year Masters degree at university followed by a pre registration year and final core assessment examination. On completion of my Masters dissertation in the final year, I performed my pre registration year at Boots pharmacy in Cambridgeshire. On completion of this year and passing my final examination, I stayed with the company for one more year for experience, moving back to Birmingham and working for various Boots chemists in the Sutton Coldfield area. I then left the company to work for my already owned family chemist in Perry Barr and to try locum work.

I am currently the co-owner and Pharmacist Manager of ‘Star Pharmacy’ in Perry Barr, Birmingham. The chemist was previously owned by my late father, and since taken over by my elder brother (also a pharmacist) and myself. The chemist is situated next door to a doctor’s surgery and a dental practice. It is a busy pharmacy and has allowed me great exposure and experience within my profession, delivering services and working well within the community. My brother and I distribute the hours at Star Pharmacy between us, allowing us time to take on locum work and keep up to date within our field. Locum work has presented me the opportunity of working with different people and different systems, providing different services, and ensuring my people skills are always at an excellent level. It has given me the opportunity of working in the more affluent areas to the more derelict, the contrast being key in benefiting my experience.

I have attained certain specializations since qualifying. Firstly my ‘Medicine Usage Review’ (MUR) accreditation, a service provided by most chemists which involves a consultation between patient and pharmacist reviewing all medication. It gives the patient the opportunity to ask any questions or report side effects, and gives the pharmacist a chance to make sure that prescribing is being correctly conducted, that the patient is compliant with medication, and that there is no problems or side effects, consulting the prescriber where necessary. It also gives the pharmacist time to emphasize healthy lifestyle to patients, providing any information to help patients improve their current lifestyles including stop smoking, dietary advice and the importance of exercise. I gained the accreditation through Aston University.

I am an accredited stop smoking provider, helping many patients to stop smoking via counselling and Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). I gained this accreditation through Heart Of Birmingham (HOB) PCT, whilst PCT’s were still active.

I am also trained to provide Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC), provide services to drug misuser’s including supervised consumption of opiate replacements. I am also trained to provide flu vaccinations and the ‘New Medicine Service’ (NMS), this is a service which involves monitoring certain new medication’s patients maybe prescribed, ensuring that they adhere well to their new treatment, are compliant and do not report any side effects. Once again, the prescriber is always contacted in the event of any reported problems.

I am still keen to broaden my horizons and excel within my chosen field. I hope I am able to use my clinical skills and knowledge where I may be of benefit in different areas, independent prescribing being my newest venture.

Hobbies and Interests

I am a keen sportsman. I believe in taking care of myself, with a balanced diet and a rigorous exercise routine. I enjoy playing basketball and running, as well as practising gymnastics and dancing. I use the gym at least 3 times a week and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

I also enjoy reading, socializing with friends, going to the cinema and spending time with my family.

I am a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and enjoy reading the PJ and keeping my clinical knowledge updated in my spare time.

Personal Skills

Other than English, I am fairly fluent in Gujrati, and have an understanding of Urdu and Hindi. My job can sometimes present situations when language is a barrier. I am usually able to overcome such situations using good communication skills. I have a full UK driving licence, Strong work ethic, am enthusiastic and self-motivated. I work well as part of a team and as an individual.


Mr Anthony Crew (Pharmacist and original owner of Star Pharmacy): 012*-***-****

Dr Kamal Arora (General practitioner at Perry park surgery): 012*-***-****

Mr Kassim Mawji (Superintendent Pharmacist at Star Pharmacy): 012*-***-****

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