Alitam has announced the appointment of the former head of operations at Well Pharmacy, Alice Hare, to its executive board.
She joins Alitam as head of services mobilisation and boasts an impressive resume, with highlights including the establishment of all new and innovative operating models throughout her 25-year career within community pharmacy.
Alice has previously led on a variety of partnerships delivering a futuristic model of primary care which better positions community pharmacy as the first port of call for patients.
Alitam founder and CEO Feisal Nahaboo said: “Alice brings with her the skills, knowledge and experience to excel in her new role, which will see her helping drive the transformation of the group’s pharmacies towards fully fledged clinical and wellbeing services.
He said: “Alice is the perfect fit for Alitam, and a huge advocate of our movement to revolutionise healthcare by fully utilising highly skilled and experienced community pharmacists. She contacted me having seen our work at the vanguard of innovation, most recently with our roll-out of GP-type clinical services like Minor Ailments Clinics, diabetes checks, weight loss clinics and more in Alitam stores.
“It’s no understatement to say that, as soon as we met, we realised it was a meeting of minds. Alice has the acute intelligence, crucial experience and personable qualities to render her ideal for this role. She will be instrumental in transforming our community pharmacies from their product-based offering to one of clinical and wellbeing services, and will work closely with out Chief Operating Officer Bharti Patel in this regard.
“Many Alitam pharmacies already offer ‘GP-type’ services, of course, but Alice will be ensuring all pharmacies incorporate them where feasible.
“Alice will also work ‘at the coalface’ with every one of our pharmacies, guiding them through the process of widening their clinical repertoire, and enabling the cross- fertilisation of ideas and experiences which is in the Alitam DNA.
“With her engaging manner, and boundless enthusiasm, Alice will be a real asset to Alitam.”
Alice is fulsome in her praise of Nahaboo and his multi-billion-pound ‘Pharmacy of the Future’ concept, which will see the launch of a chain of ‘Super Pharmacies’ across the UK and Ireland over the next decade and which will embed preventative healthcare by drawing upon the skills and expertise of “underutilised” pharmacists.
She said: “I’ve been waiting for an opportunity such as this for a long time. “It’s long been obvious to me that pharmacies are uniquely equipped to plug the enormous gap in healthcare which leaves many of our citizens are needlessly suffering—most especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Feisal’s radical vision for healthcare is precisely what’s needed right now, and it’s galvanising pharmacies in a way I’ve not seen before. The Alitam Group is nimble, incredibly close-knit and highly motivated – I couldn’t be more delighted to be part of the management team.”