The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has announced that Tamara Cairney and Andrew Carruthers have joined the Scottish Pharmacy Board as co-opted board members.

Tamara is a pharmacist in a split role between the Royal Alexandra Hospital and GP practices in Renfrewshire and is working to complete the NES Pharmacist Vocational Foundation Training Programme. Tamara started her career as a dispensary assistant within community pharmacy for three years before embarking on her journey to become a pharmacist. Tamara completed her degree at the University of Strathclyde in 2016 where she had been an active and vocal student representative on the staff-student liaison committee and worked with the RPS as a student champion. She qualified as a pharmacist in 2017 after completing her pre-registration training at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

Andrew is a medicines information pharmacist within NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde where he has a clinical commitment to care of the elderly. Prior to becoming a pharmacist he studied Pharmacology at the University of Glasgow, and maintains a keen interest in pharmacokinetics and research. He is currently studying towards an MSc in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice with Independent

Prescribing at the University of Strathclyde. Andrew is also the RPS Local Co-ordinator for Greater Glasgow & Clyde which involves the co-ordination of RPS local events.

Dr John McAnaw, Chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board, said, ‘I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Tamara and Andrew onto the board. I’m looking forward to working with them both to help progress the work of the RPS in Scotland in 2018 and beyond.’

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