Lifetime Achievement award for city pharmacist

ONE of Liverpool’s most senior pharmacists has received a prestigious lifetime achievement award which recognises her ‘remarkable leadership’.

Professor Alison Ewing, who is Clinical Director of Pharmacy for Aintree University Hospital, the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals, Liverpool Women’s Hospital and The Walton Centre, was presented with the award by the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA), for her ‘outstanding contribution’ to the pharmacy profession.

Prof Ewing manages more than 300 staff across Liverpool and was one of the first pharmacists to become a fellow of the Faculty of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

On receiving her award, Prof Ewing said: “This is the biggest honour I’ve ever received. To be recognised by my peers and colleagues for my contribution to pharmacy is a wonderful feeling. I love my job and I’m so happy that my passion comes across in my work.”

Prof Ewing is also an honorary Chair in Pharmacy Innovation at Liverpool John Moore’s University, and was praised by the UKCPA judging panel for her dedication to improving patient care. 

As Clinical Director for Pharmacy for a number of hospital trusts across Liverpool, Professor Ewing is helping shape the future of her profession. She was an early adopter of using technological enhancements such as the dispensing robot. She also supported the early deployment of an electronic prescribing system and earlier this year received a rating of ‘Outstanding’ from the Care Quality Commission, for her IT developments at Aintree Hospital.

Dr Sarah Carter, UKCPA General Secretary, said: “The UKCPA were delighted to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Alison Ewing. Professor Ewing has achieved excellence in the pharmacy profession, motivating and inspiring colleagues along the way. She is a remarkable pharmacist who is not afraid to lead and embrace change and innovation for the benefit of patients and pharmacy practice. We are delighted to be able to recognise her outstanding contribution and dedication to the profession and improving patient care.”