Superdrug has announced a pay increase for newly qualified pharmacists, in a move that will see wages rise to £50,000 – ensuring that Superdrug Pharmacists continue to receive the strongest renumeration package on the high street today.
Superdrug is also enhancing its patient experience and operational structure, with the introduction of a new role of Pharmacy Team Leader to selected pharmacy stores. Pharmacy Team Leaders will be dispenser trained and provide a clear line of accountability for day-to-day dispensary activity including adhering to legal and clinical frameworks whilst supporting, coaching, and developing a high-performing pharmacy team.
The role also allows Superdrug to offer a clear line of progression for talented Pharmacy Dispensers and Technicians who want to do more in their career and recognises the valuable contribution Pharmacy Dispensers & Technicians play in community pharmacy.
In addition, the appointment of two new Heads of Pharmacy Operations sees the high street retailer driving and improving Superdrug’s pharmacy performance to offer the best possible care for patients. Craig Watt, Pharmacist and previously Area Manager, has been appointed to Head of Pharmacy Operations North and will be responsible for the operation of Superdrug’s central distribution hub serving its e-pharmacy and Online Dr team.
Whilst Amit Vassa, Pharmacist and previously Senior Healthcare Services Manager, has been appointed to Head of Pharmacy Operations South for the company’s central pharmacy support team who are responsible for improving the operating processes for Superdrug pharmacies. Both will also provide professional leadership to all Superdrug pharmacists and their teams.
It is actively recruiting for 200 roles, the retailer also moves to enhance its already industry-leading benefits, introducing a new financial wellbeing package at a time when the Cost of Living rises and more mental health support for managers, as pressures on pharmacies continues.
Caris Newson, Superdrug’s Healthcare Director said: “Our Pharmacy team members are at the core of our business, and I am delighted to announce this increase in newly qualified salary in recognition of the skill and expertise required for these roles. The last few years have been extremely challenging for pharmacists and pharmacy teams and have also highlighted the vital and positive role that they play as clinical professionals, supporting patients and delivering safe and effective healthcare services and care within communities.”
Superdrug’s People Director, Amy Davies commented: “We are delighted to be strengthening our pharmacy offering. Craig and Amit have worked for Superdrug for many years and their passion for pharmacy and patient care alongside their great leadership, puts them in a strong position to lead and develop our pharmacy operations in the future. There’s a reason Superdrug is consistently considered to be one of the best companies to work for and I’m confident we offer the strongest package, benefits, and perks to both attract and retain healthcare colleagues.”
There are currently 155 pharmacists working for Superdrug, with an average length of service of seven years.