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15.04.2021

Alliance Healthcare and Alphega Pharmacy Announce Winner of the BPSA Business and Enterprise Competition

                                                                                                        

Alliance Healthcare and Alphega Pharmacy Announce Winner of the BPSA Business and Enterprise Competition

 

Abeer Aamir, a first year student currently studying Pharmacy at the University of Brighton, is the winner of the BPSA’s Business and Enterprise competition, sponsored by Alliance Healthcare and Alphega Pharmacy.

 

Abeer receives the prize of a £500 gift voucher after she successfully pitched a presentation highlighting how Alphega Pharmacy is the key to the future development of Independent Community Pharmacy. She also came up with not one, but three new ideas that could enhance the current Alphega Pharmacy B2C app.

 

The BPSA (British Pharmaceutical Students' Association) is an organisation that works to enhance the experience of its members by inspiring them to invest in their development, seize opportunities and become advocates for the profession. This competition is one example of that. It allows students to be innovative and explore the business aspect of pharmacy, whilst building confidence and winning prizes. The BPSA teams up with sponsors, such as Alliance Healthcare to deliver such fantastic opportunities.

 

The final was held virtually on Tuesday 30 March, 2021, with three out of ten students who made it through to the final round competing via Zoom, due to current Covid-19 restrictions.

 

Abeer Aamir, winner of this year's event, says: "I am incredibly appreciative for the opportunity I was given to compete in the Business and Enterprise competition. The competition allowed me to look at pharmacy practice in a new light and specifically focus on how we as pharmacists must adapt to the ever-changing healthcare landscape, especially so in this new online based era. As we move into a post-COVID world, I believe it is crucial for all pharmacy students to take a look at how the practice will be shifting in the next few years with the rise of digital care, and learn how to adjust without compromising patient-focused care.

 

“Competing in this competition also gave me the chance to be creative by creating a cohesive and interesting presentation marketing the Alphega app, as well as coming up with innovative ideas to further the development of the app and the future development of independent community pharmacies on the spot during the judge questioning round. I was also able to gain a deeper understanding about different business standards of practice, as well as appreciate the innovative concepts and designs that must be made by independent pharmacy owners to remain competitive against larger chain pharmacies. Thank you again to the BPSA, Alphega Pharmacy, and Alliance Healthcare for organizing this competition!”

 

The three finalists performed incredibly well and a great rapport was built with the judging panel. The panel consisted of Mike Smith, Non-executive advisor at Alliance Healthcare, Sue Dobson, Alphega Pharmacy Business Mentor, Vinay Patel, Alphega Pharmacy Services and Contract Pharmacist, plus Rob Darracott, Editor at P3pharmacy magazine who joined as a special guest judge. The event was coordinated by Trisha Dogra, a pre-registration pharmacist who graduated from Keele University and is the Competitions Coordinator of the BPSA Executive Team, plus Karen Lam and Lorna Kimberley, both from the Marketing and Communications Team at Alliance Healthcare.

 

Mike Smith, Non-executive advisor Alliance Healthcare UK, says: "The entries were again of the highest quality this year. The three shortlisted finalists gave excellent presentations with some really innovative and radical ideas. They demonstrated a clear understanding of the benefits of Alphega Pharmacy membership and how this will be key to the future development of independent pharmacy. These young students are the future of our profession and I have no doubt it will be continue to flourish in such safe hands. I am so proud of them all. They were all winners for me and the judging was very close.”

 

Rob Darracott, Editor at P3pharmacy magazine also added: “It’s never easy presenting at the best of times, but all the finalists did a great job, not only in identifying the benefits of Alphega to independent community pharmacy, but in presenting their ideas virtually too. It’s especially nice hearing innovative ideas and suggestions from those at the start of their careers in the profession, including one at the very start, our impressive winner and first year pharmacy student, Abeer.” 

 

For over a decade, Alliance Healthcare has supported the BPSA and looks forward to seeing the positive difference our young pharmacists make in this challenging world.

 

Abeer Aamir, BPSA, Business and Enterprise Winner

 

Abeer Aamir, BPSA Business and Enterprise winner

SUB-TYPE:

Alliance Healthcare is proudly celebrating Ramadan

Today marks the beginning of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan which is celebrated by Muslims all over the UK.

 

At Alliance Healthcare, we have a workforce that is diverse and rich in culture, like our customer base and we are proud to mark this special event.

 

Our Leigh Service Centre Manager, Zak Patel, has been sharing what Ramadan means to him:

“Like many Muslims, during the holy month of Ramadan I will be enjoying fasting from dawn to dusk. Ramadan is a time of self-reflection, supporting those less fortunate and it brings me closer to my religion. Ramadan also means kindness, appreciation, love, generosity and patience which makes me more appreciative of everything that I am blessed with and spurs me to support those in my community whom are struggling, especially during these COVID times.”

 

Matt Addison, Operations Director, says: “Across our operations network and our wider business, we have team members with many different religions and beliefs. Recognising and celebrating the cultural and religious events that are important to our people creates a welcoming and equitable workplace in which people can be their authentic selves.”

 

On behalf of all of us at Alliance Healthcare, Ramadan Mubarak!

SUB-TYPE: CLASS 2 RECALL

08.04.2021

Company Led - Class 2 Recall (Customer Level) SMA Wysoy Soya Infant Formula 800g

The recall of SMA Wysoy is a food safety recall due to potential presence of foreign bodies (pieces of plastic scoops). Nestlé has undertaken it on a voluntary basis.

 

The affected products' details are as follows:

PIP Code

Product Description

Supplier

Affected Batches

4086567

SMA WYSOY SOYA INFANT FORMULA 800G

NESTLE NUTRITION (MOV)

024957651Z

015757651Z

000957651Z

928957651Z

923357651Z

 

Please return all affected stock to your original supplier for credit. Unfortunately we can only accept stock purchased from us (Alliance Healthcare Distribution Limited). Any other stock will be returned to your stores/Pharmacies  

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01.04.2021

‘WBA senior leaders share COVID-19 lessons learned’ – Matt Addison, Alliance Healthcare’s Director of Operations UK, shares his experience during the pandemic

We are delighted to share a fantastic thought leadership story published in WBA’s digital magazine titled ‘WBA senior leaders share COVID-19 lessons learned’, and features our very own Director or Operations, Matt Addison.

 

Matt shares his experience during the pandemic and praises operations colleagues who worked collaboratively to run the service centres, cross dock network and transport organisation during this time. Matt says: “The COVID-19 pandemic has seen Alliance Healthcare face possibly the most challenging period of its history. Our operations colleagues have played such a critical part in supporting the NHS and patients across the UK. We are classified as essential workers by the UK government, and without our people, the country would not have made it this far.

 

My Alliance Healthcare operations colleagues have astounded me throughout the last year, and their stories of resilience, teamwork, and going the extra mile are many. I’ve always believed that working collaboratively and trusting in my leadership team has been key to our combined success, and the impact of the pandemic has only served to reinforce this belief. For a portion of 2020, I also faced a personal challenge and if I hadn’t been able to leave work behind and trust my team to lead our operation to success, then I don't believe I would have been able to successfully overcome the obstacles I faced.

 

During the pandemic, we’ve taken steps to restructure the operations leadership team, and that is in no small part due to the management changes and responsibilities that we had to employ during this period. I have great leaders in place to run the service center network, cross dock center and transport organization. This will continue beyond the pandemic and will become the new Alliance Healthcare way of working.”

 

You can see all the other stories featured in this article by following the link to the WBA digital magazine here: https://www.walgreensbootsalliance.com/news-media/our-stories/wba-senior-leaders-share-covid-19-lessons-learned

 

Matt Addision - Alliance Healthcare

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31.03.2021

Alliance Healthcare continues to support pharmacies during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

To support the mass vaccination agenda, our services arm, Skills in Healthcare will be delivering interactive COVID-19 vaccination training sessions to all healthcare professionals eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccines, as well as vaccination support workers in the lead up to their anticipated involvement in the vaccination programme.

 

Skills in Healthcare is delighted to be offering support to community pharmacists by providing these informative webinars, in collaboration with Charles Bloe Training. In 2020, Charles Bloe Training won Coursecheck’s ‘Brilliance Award’, the highest rated training provider in their medium-sized organisation category.

 

The virtual sessions aim to complement their mandatory COVID-19 e-Learning and/or practical training to ensure they have the knowledge, skills and confidence to fulfil their vital role in the programme when the opportunity arises. Healthcare professionals and vaccination support workers are receiving expert knowledge and practical demonstrations, delivered by specialist nurse trainers who are administering the vaccine at present.

 

Sanjay Pathak, National Pharma Services Manager Skills in Healthcare, said“As part of the Alliance Healthcare team, we are committed to supporting community pharmacy where we can. We are proud to be helping our Pharmacy COVID-19 heroes with their vaccination training and education in readiness for when their involvement in the programme begins”. 

 

For more information on our COVID-19 vaccination training webinars, please click here

 

COVID-19 vaccine

 

SUB-TYPE: COMPANY-LED RECALL

29.03.2021

Company Led - Class 2 Recall (Customer Level) SMA Wysoy Soya Infant Formula 800g Class type: Company Led - Class 2 Recall (Customer Level)

The recall of SMA Wysoy is a food safety recall due to potential presence of foreign bodies (pieces of plastic scoops). Nestlé has undertaken it on a voluntary basis.

The affected products' details are as follows:

PIP Code

Product Description

Supplier

Affected Batches

4086567

SMA WYSOY SOYA INFANT FORMULA 800G

NESTLE NUTRITION (MOV)

025057651Z

025057652Z

025157651Z

Please return all affected stock to your original supplier for credit. Unfortunately we can only accept stock purchased from us (Alliance Healthcare Distribution Limited). Any other stock will be returned to your stores/Pharmacies  

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22.03.2021

Alphega Pharmacy helps vaccinate the nation with launch of around 60 COVID-19 centres

 

Alphega UK has started delivering COVID-19 vaccinations to communities across the UK. Over 40 members are administering the vaccine from consultation rooms within their independent community pharmacies, with another 20 to open in the next few weeks.

 

Alphega Pharmacy is a leading European network of independent pharmacists. Throughout the pandemic, it has helped members by supporting application and submissions to become certified COVID-19 sites, providing over 30,000 pieces of social distancing material, launching a COVID-19 hub with resources, toolkits and signage, providing more than 3,000 face visors and over 800 digital tablets to allow pharmacists to carry out remote patient consultations, and giving practical support to customers in reception and recovery areas.

 

Raj Nutan, Head of Alphega Pharmacy, said: “Alphega is incredibly proud to be part of this national effort to protect our local communities against COVID-19.  Community pharmacies are often at the heart of areas where there are higher levels of health challenges and vaccine hesitancy.”

 

Dhimant Patel, Pharmacist and owner of Healthways Pharmacy in Harrow, London said: “We have all seen the effect that COVID-19 has had on our local communities across the UK. As primary healthcare providers, independent pharmacies are well established in their local areas and are ideally placed to help in the fight against the virus.

 

“We’re delighted to be part of the solution to fight the coronavirus pandemic. We have long been a partner to the NHS and we believe that this vaccination programme is something we have a key role to play in, particularly in reassuring patients, dispelling myths and misconceptions about COVID-19 vaccines and boosting uptake.”

 

Patients will be invited directly by the NHS to book their vaccination appointment at Alphega pharmacies.

 

Martyn and Jackie Lewis, Alphega Pharmacy members

 

Alphega Pharmacy COVID-19 Support

 

SUB-TYPE:

19.03.2021

Easter 2021 Bank Holiday Opening Hours now available

To help keep our customers informed of changes to our service, we have published our Easter 2021 Bank Holiday opening hours. 

 

Please click here to find out more

SUB-TYPE: CLASS 4 CAUTION IN USE

Class 4 Drug Alert (Caution in use only) Caffeine Citrate 10mg/Ml Solution For Injection

Macarthys Laboratories Limited T/A Martindale Pharma has informed us that the EAN barcode on the outer carton of the above batch is incorrect. When scanned, the incorrect barcode shows the batch as Martindale Pharma’s Methylthioninium Chloride Injection 1% 10 X 10ml, which has been discontinued. All other information on the outer carton (including the 2D code), as well as the immediate packaging, is correct.

 

The affected products' details are as follows:

 

PIP Code

Product Description

Supplier

Affected Batch

ALLIANCE DO NOT STOCK

CAFFEINE CITRATE 10MG/ML SOLUTION FOR INJECTION

MACARTHYS LABORATORIES LIMITED T/A MARTINDALE PHARMA

0134161

 

Please note that Alliance Healthcare do not stock and we are not accepting stock returns.

 

For more information or medical information queries, please contact: medinfo@ethypharm.co.uk   

 

For stock control queries, please contact: Alan.josiah@ethypharm.com

SUB-TYPE: FIELD SAFETY NOTICE

19.03.2021

Field Safety Notice Cirrus2 Nebuliser, Adult, Intersurgical Ecolite Mask Kit With Tube, 2.1m, 1453015

 

Intersurgical Ltd have received complaints where a product that should contain an Adult EcoliteTM Aerosol Mask with vents/exhalation ports, has been found to contain a similar mask without vents/exhalation ports, this would prevent the patient breathing normally. If a mask without vents/exhalation ports is not identified and subsequently used on a patient, in situations where the patient cannot or does not remove the mask themselves this could result in distress, harm or potential fatality. It would also prevent the intended treatment being provided to the patient.

 

The affected products' details are as follows:

PIP Code

Product Description

Supplier

Affected Batch

0823484

CIRRUS2 NEBULISER, ADULT, INTERSURGICAL ECOLITE MASK KIT WITH TUBE, 2.1M, 1453015

INTERSURGICAL LTD

32053274

32052973

 

Please return all affected stock to your original supplier for credit. Unfortunately we can only accept stock purchased from us (Alliance Healthcare Distribution Limited). Any other stock will be returned to your stores/Pharmacies.

 

This Field Safety Notice will remain open for 3 months from the date issued unless an alternative date is agreed by instigator. The closure of this will be 16/06/2021. Please note after this date customer returns may still be accepted but customers may not be credited.

 

Recipients of this Drug Alert should bring it to the attention of relevant contacts.

 

If you have any questions, then please contact your local Service Centre Customer Services team