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Wonder Women in Pharmacy – Sue Sharpe

Since 2001, there have been more women than men on the Register and their role in the profession has been firmly established. In celebration of International Women’s Day this year the charity approached a number of women working in the profession today about their role models and experiences.

Here we speak to Sue Sharpe, Chief Executive of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and co-founder of the Listening Friends Scheme:


Sue Sharpe - croppedWho were your role models?

When I first began to work in pharmacy I was fortunate to come across several inspirational figures.  Among them were Marion Rawlings, Alison Blenkinsopp, Clare Mackie, Gill Hawkesworth and Christine Glover.  All were committed advocates for the skills and role of the pharmacist, shaping my passion for the profession.

What has been the defining moment in your career so far?

Over a period of years before 2005, the NHS disregarded the community pharmacist as a professional. The 2005 contractual framework began the reversal of that, and although progress remains frustratingly slow, it was a turning point for the profession.

What does it mean to be a woman in the profession?

The profession is rich in women, in leadership roles as well as in numbers practising as pharmacists.  It is a good profession for women, I think.

Do you have any wellbeing tips or coping mechanisms that might help others in the profession?

Appreciate the value of good team-working, and ensure you are part of a great team.  It is the very best medicine for the working woman!


 We were delighted to talk to some of the other women working in pharmacy today. Click to read their stories:

Thorrun Govind, pharmacy student and Pharmacist Support fundraiser; Helen Gordon, Chief Executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Professor Rose Marie Parr, Director of Pharmacy, NHS Education for Scotland

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