The 2014 Pharmacy Business Awards will be presided over by a strong panel of expert judges, who will be tasked with assessing the merits of community pharmacy contenders from across the UK.
The Pharmacy Business Awards were presented by Dr Poulter, Par-liamentary Under-Secretary of State and Ramniklal Solanki CBE, the Editor-in-chief of Pharmacy Business.
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Community pharmacists everywhere, spread the news; the Pharmacy Business Awards is back.
The biggest and most prestigious pharmacy awards return to recognise the very best community pharmacy has to offer. The event will once again showcase what the sector has to offer an NHS consistently under extreme cost pressures and seeking to make huge efficiency savings £20 billion by 2015 at the last count.
The message from the Pharmacy Business Awards will again be loud and clear; look no further than community pharmacy.
The biggest awards in the pharmacy calender will not only recognise the achievements of community pharmacists but also independent pharmacy chains, CEOs of leading manufacturers and wholesalers, health officials, pharmacy politicians and leaders of major pharmaceutical bodies.
The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, London will provide the setting for what promises to be a glamorous night on Wednesday, October 22nd 2014.
And this year the Pharmacy Business Awards has a surprise chief guest - arguably the biggest name in healthcare, who will talk at length about the NHS and community pharmacy's prospects in the new patient-centric health service.
This year's event is sure to emulate last year's awards, which attracted high profile figures from the world of healthcare and politics, including Keith Vaz, the Labour MP for Leicester East and chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Dr James Kingsland, national clinical lead at the National Primary Care Network and president of the National Association of Primary Care and professor Richard Parish, chair of the Pharmacy and Public Health Forum.
Addressing the awards as chief guest was Dr Dan Poulter, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, who told the audience that pharmacy "should always be seen as an integral part of the our NHS."
He said: "All too often we forget the millions of successes that happen in our NHS, public health and in social care, mainly through the efforts of dedicated front-line healthcare professionals and teams like the people who are here tonight.
In more than 65 years pharmacists and their teams have been looking after people's health and well-being, helping them with their medicines and providing them with support and advice on a whole range of issues.
"That is why pharmacy should always be seen as an integral part of the our NHS and why people are increasingly choosing to use their pharmacy because of their convenience and accessibility, their opening hours which are much more in tune with the needs of patients. And of course, the non-threatening patient environment you provide."
The event, whose headline sponsor for this year is Actavis, is not just a celebration of pharmaceutical excellence but the chance to network with 900+ guests.
This is an event not to be missed.