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Our Health & Beauty team launch the improved H&B Portal including new Knowledge Zone feature


This exciting new service expands the functionality of the portal, providing pharmacies with a range of content to help them grow and deliver a first-class customer experience. 


The Knowledge Zone was developed to provide Healthcare Professional’s with educational materials including ailment driven knowledge, links to training, new product developments and category insights. It provides guidance based on practical knowledge, empowering Healthcare Professionals to understand, identify and manage the most common conditions seen daily in pharmacies, including product recommendations for treatment.


Sachiv Patel, Category Director, is extremely proud of the new feature, saying: “The Knowledge Zone is a fantastic development on the Health & Beauty portal, increasing the support offered to Healthcare Professionals and expanding their knowledge, in order to better serve their customers. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in its creation.” 

The site is now available to all independent and key accounts.


This is another great development on the myahportal and we strive to have many more in the future, improving the functionality for our customers and making their lives easier!



Introducing Alliance Healthcare's dedicated pharmacy newsletter – Independent Pulse!

Without a doubt, the last 18-24 months have been relentlessly tough and challenging for everyone, not least pharmacy teams and healthcare professionals. Community pharmacy has once again been asked to step-up and support the UK COVID-19 vaccination efforts and the team at Alliance Healthcare are doing everything we can to support their efforts.


Alliance Healthcare is proud to launch Independent Pulse - our dedicated newsletter for community pharmacy, packed full of all the latest news and service information from Alliance Healthcare to support community pharmacy.


This issue provides important information on:

  • – Christmas/New Year bank holiday opening hours

  • – Lateral flow test kits distribution

  • Marie Evans' appointment as Managing Director

  • – Delivery of pre-ordered flu vaccines and preparing for 2022 Flu Season

  • – Operational readiness

  • – Health & beauty promotional offers

  • – A reminder of our COVID-19 vaccination distribution video

  • – Our sustainability pledge campaign

  • – Plus a festive message to all of our downstream customers


Independent Pulse Newsletter


Read our Independent Pulse here or visit our Winter Readiness page.


We hope you enjoy reading and look forward to any feedback you may have.



Alliance Healthcare UK and Alloga UK celebrated for ‘Outstanding Response to COVID’


Alliance Healthcare and Alloga in the UK were the proud recipients of the Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Response to COVID at the Logistics UK Awards 2021. 


The onset of COVID-19 meant quick thinking and rapid action to ensure the supply of medicines to the NHS and UK patients did not falter. Colleagues from across Alliance Healthcare and Alloga worked tirelessly to ensure the stock of medicines was maintained across the UK.


This special award was open to an individual or organisation who demonstrated an outstanding response to the pandemic in 2020 within the logistics sector.  To enter this award, the company had to demonstrate how it led a class-leading response to COVID-19, how this was achieved and the outcome that followed.


Marie Evans, who was recently announced as Alliance Healthcare’s new Managing Director, said: “I am delighted that our business and team of 6,000 colleagues have been recognised at this level for our contribution to the fight against COVID-19. Our main aim over this unprecedented period is to support the NHS, pharmacy and all UK patients, and this award is true recognition for all of that hard work and dedication.”


Chris Williams, Managing Director at Alloga UK, added: “It is fantastic news that the joint efforts of the Alloga and Alliance Healthcare UK teams has been recognised with this special award from Logistics UK. Significant efforts were and are still required to increase the overall level of responsiveness to support the NHS and the patients that they serve.


“I am very proud of the tireless efforts of our colleagues who have generated exceptional results supporting the fight against COVID-19.”


Matt Addison, Operations Director, Alliance Healthcare UK with the award
Matt Addison, Operations Director, Alliance Healthcare UK with the award
Alliance Healthcare and Alloga winner graphic
Alliance Healthcare UK and Alloga UK win 'Outstanding Response to COVID' award at the Logistics UK 2021 Awards




Alliance Healthcare UK appoints Marie Evans as new Managing Director


Alliance Healthcare UK, the leading wholesaler of healthcare products, has announced that from today, Marie Evans will be its new Managing Director. Marie, who is Alliance Healthcare UK’s current Commercial and Category Director, brings a wealth of customer, leadership and retail experience to the role. Marie said, “I am delighted to be appointed Managing Director at Alliance Healthcare UK. In the ten years I have spent here, I have seen our business grow to become the major wholesaler and distributor in the UK.  That success is down to our terrific team and the unwavering commitment we have shown to strive to meet the needs of our customers and patients.”


Marie will report to Juan Guerra, Alliance Healthcare’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director of International Wholesale. Juan Guerra said, “The last 18 months has shown just how important wholesale and distribution is to the NHS and I am so excited to welcome Marie to her new position at this critical time. Her experience and leadership will be key as we continue to evolve our services in response to the changing needs of pharmacy, the health service, and industry.


Marie will succeed Julian Mount, who has made the decision to leave after five years in charge. As part of a planned transition Julian will remain as an Executive Advisor, supporting Marie in her role.   

“During Julian’s time in charge, Alliance Healthcare has continued its growth as a significant provider of valued services to the NHS and UK healthcare industry, along the way he has transformed our relations with upstream and downstream customers and the UK Government, and introduced Alliance Healthcare’s new digital platform” said Juan Guerra, “I thank Julian for his commitment and contribution and wish him well.”  


Marie Evans




Alliance Healthcare Announce Sustainability Pledge to Achieve Net Carbon Zero


Alliance Healthcare has committed to become net carbon zero by 2030 (scope 1 and 2).


Alliance Healthcare, the UK’s largest pharmaceutical wholesaler has announced its pledge to be the sustainable wholesaler partner of choice for the healthcare industry as it shows its support for the global efforts to cut carbon emissions, as set out at the recent UN Climate Change Conference, COP26.


Earlier this year, Alliance Healthcare’s parent company - AmerisourceBergen committed to Science Based Targets and announced an interim target which the Alliance Healthcare UK business will be supporting. Alliance Healthcare UK’s pledge follows its ongoing dedication to create healthier futures and the business has set out its focus for the years ahead. Julian Mount, Managing Director, Alliance Healthcare UK said: “Caring for the environment and the world we live in is extremely important to Alliance Healthcare. We all have a duty to do whatever we can to tackle climate change and strive to meet the global targets.


“This is why it is so vital that we make this pledge and work hard to meet the commitments and targets we have set to achieve by 2030. I firmly believe that by working in partnership with industry partners and supporting their commitments as well as our own ensures we are all on the same path in our mission to tackle climate change.


“By 2030, Alliance Healthcare UK will be the most sustainable independent full-line pharmaceutical wholesaler in the UK - ensuring that we remain the sustainable partner of choice for our customers and manufacturers, a huge achievement for us and a step closer towards creating a healthier future for all. Today everyone at Alliance Healthcare is encouraged to make a personal sustainability pledge on our internal pledge trees, as we all continue to play a personal role in this commitment.”


Find out more about our sustainability journey so far here, and our Environmental, Social and Governance programmes here.


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Alphega Pharmacy Members Take Home Much Deserved Trophies at the C+D Awards for Outstanding Support They Bring to Community Pharmacy


The prestigious Chemist and Druggist Awards finally returned last week to a face-to-face ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel in London, to recognise and celebrate the very best in the pharmacy industry. We are so delighted for three of our Alphega Pharmacy members who took home well-deserved Awards last Friday, for their outstanding work and vital support they bring to community pharmacy.


Congratulations to Lewis Pharmacy, Exmouth who walked away with the Training and Development Award, for the innovative Let’s Communicate Cancer programme, an e-learning portal to help equip pharmacy professionals with the tools and confidence to help patients on their cancer journey. The team also received a high commendation in the Independent Pharmacy of the Year category.


Dr Jackie Lewis had the following to say on this triumphant achievement: “It’s amazing to win an award and be recognised for all the hard work we put in. After a few difficult years in pharmacy and the current climate to also come out as highly commended in Independent Pharmacy of the Year on top of this is such a morale boost to the team and to share this with them is incredible.  To win the Training and Development award I am blown away. This win is going to be amazing for the publicity of this programme as we are looking at up-skilling the whole of community pharmacy with it. This programme will assist them with the early diagnosis of cancer to help their cancer patients and ensure they get the help they need.”


The ‘Let’s Communicate Cancer’ programme is an engaging e-learning portal for community pharmacy professionals, giving them access to real life case studies, slide shows, bit-sized quizzes and animations in order to give an entire pharmacy team the confidence, skills and knowledge to better help a cancer patients’ journey – from early diagnosis all the way through to treatment. 


Mandeep Mudhar, Head of Alphega Pharmacy UK had the following to say on the recent win: “I’m delighted to see Lewis Pharmacy recognised twice at the C+D awards. Jackie works tirelessly to champion the support and expertise community pharmacists can give to their patients and carers dealing with cancer, and this is on top of the numerous pharmacy services that Lewis Pharmacy offers – the consultation room in Lewis Pharmacy is never quiet!  A massive congratulations to Jackie and the whole team at Lewis Pharmacy.”


The E-learning module for the Let’s Communicate Cancer Programme can be accessed by pharmacy teams at


A further congratulations goes to two fantastic Alphega Pharmacy members, firstly James Tibbs, AR Pharmacy for picking up the Community Pharmacist of the Year Award, which praises his community focus, strong business acumen, and commitment to patient care. Last but certainly not least, Landys Chemist in North-West London who were awarded with the Independent Pharmacy of the Year Award for their sharp focus on sustainability and plastic free approach to pharmacy.


Alliance Healthcare would like to congratulate our remarkable Alphega Pharmacy members for their outstanding work and commitment to community pharmacy.  


Jackie Lewis
Lewis Pharmacy Team




Alliance Healthcare partners with Novo Nordisk for the launch of PenCycle; the circular recycling initiative


Alliance Healthcare UK is delighted to collaborate with Novo Nordisk to help reduce plastic pen devices entering UK landfills by up to 1.1 million in the next year.


Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company specialising in treatments for people living with diabetes, obesity, and rare blood and endocrine disorders, has launched PenCycle; the circular recycling initiative for pre-filled diabetes and weight management pens. As a partner organisation, Alliance Healthcare will be delivering all the materials needed to recycle the pre-filled injection pen devices, including a blue PenCycle Recycling Bin, PenCycle Return Boxes and other support materials to Community pharmacy. These materials are being provided completely free of charge by Novo Nordisk. 




A first-of-its-kind in the UK, the PenCycle Pilot has launched across Greater Manchester, Leicestershire & Rutland, and Greater Glasgow and Clyde, ahead of a planned national roll-out next year. Selected pharmacies in these areas have been invited to participate to show their support towards the environmental target, and upon sign up of the scheme, will play a big role in helping to reduce waste and advance the sustainability agenda of community pharmacy.


Skills in Healthcare has led participation in the project on behalf of Alliance Healthcare, from initial discussions with Novo Nordisk to the official launch which happened on 1st November. Skills in Healthcare will now support pharmacy engagement and on boarding of pharmacies to the scheme.


Paul Fowler, Head of Skills in Healthcare, presented at the launch event and said: “We are delighted to be partnered with Novo Nordisk, supporting the design and delivery of the PenCycle Recycling Pilot within a pharmacy setting. The process has been designed to be simple to manage and allows a pharmacy to participate by using all the systems and processes they are already familiar with. It provides their patients with a new pharmacy return option and supports them to recycle their Novo Nordisk Insulin pens. I hope all the pharmacies in the pilot areas will participate and help make PenCycle a real success story. “


As a central point of care, community pharmacies will be key to the success of this forward-thinking initiative, and Alliance Healthcare are delighted to play a part of it.


Pharmacies located in the relevant pilot areas are encouraged to join the scheme by visiting:


For more information, you can contact the Skills in Healthcare PenCycle team at:


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About Skills in Healthcare

Skills in Healthcare is a contract sales and marketing business that provides customers with flexible and cost-effective solutions to realise retail pharmacy potential. With over 70 years’ experience in retail pharmacy, Skills in Healthcare provides a wide range of services including dynamic sales support, training, consulting, call centre and branding support.

To find out more visit:



Alliance Healthcare Celebrates Diwali


At Alliance Healthcare, we recognise Diwali as part of our continued commitment to help make all team members feel part of a diverse and inclusive workplace, as we showcase the colour, vibrancy and excitement of Diwali.


Julian Mount, Managing Director calls for a time for reflection in the current ‘Shining a light for Diwali’ article by Pharmacy Business.


A time for reflection: Julian Mount


“Diwali is a time for celebration, and a time for reflection. It is important that we take a moment to stop and enjoy Diwali, and to recognise the incredible dedication and commitment each pharmacy team member has shown to UK patients and our society, during these difficult times.


“Your unwavering resilience in the fight against Covid-19 is something all those in community pharmacy should feel extremely proud about. At Alliance Healthcare, we recognise Diwali as part of our continued commitment to help make all team members feel part of a diverse and inclusive workplace, as we showcase the colour, vibrancy and excitement of Diwali.




Julian Mount, managing director, Alliance Healthcare


“My teams are encouraged to dress in their traditional clothing and share their stories, as together, we mark this special occasion. In the world’s largest Diwali celebrating community – India, Alliance Healthcare has supported the AWARE Foundation and Vitamin Angels charities, with their efforts to reach children in deprived communities throughout India and beyond, to not only eliminate malnutrition but to transform their lives for the better.


“I would like to personally thank you for your passion and care in everything you all do for our society. I wish you all a Diwali that brings happiness, prosperity and joy to you, your teams and all your loved ones.”


You can read the ‘Shining a light for Diwali’ article by Pharmacy Business here:



Championing Community Pharmacy


Julian Mount, Managing Director, Alliance Healthcare joins industry leadership panel to discuss the future of pharmacy at the Pharmacy Business Conference 2021.


When asked about how community pharmacy can build on the current public goodwill rating, Julian highlighted the great work done by community pharmacy, but also the need going forward for a joined-up approach when lobbying for further support: “I have been blown away by the effort everyone has put in during the COVID crisis, the trust score really highlights what is happening at grassroots level. When I see the passion, drive, and energy, it has been phenomenal” Julian went on to add: “What needs to happen next is we need to see a united, more data driven unified approach to make the government sit up and listen and further support community pharmacy to allow them to take advantage of the great work done throughout COVID -19.”


We’ve created a 10-minute highlights video from the event that can be seen below.





Alliance Healthcare supports the AWARE Foundation at annual Golf Day event


As part of our continued efforts to help young people, our team recently supported the AWARE Foundationwith its annual Golf Day event at Langley Park Golf Club. The AWARE Foundation helps disadvantaged, vulnerable children in India by providing them with an education to transform their lives for the better.


The event saw 120 delegates take part in the golf tournament where 32 teams competed to win numerous categories, in an effort to help raise much needed funds. Alliance Healthcare supported the fundraising event by donating prizes that were put into the evening raffle and auction. Ashley Kilgas, Sales Director represented the business, saying “It’s great to be back attending these charity events to support an amazing cause. We have a fantastic relationship with the AWARE Foundation, and I am excited to see how our partnership will grow even stronger.”


The golf day was a huge success and raised an incredible £28,682. Jayesh Patel, Founder/Managing Trustee of the AWARE Foundation commented: “AWARE helps thousands of children each year, and this is only possible because of the dedicated support that we have - Alliance Healthcare being one of our most fundamental ones. So thank you so much again for your support, and we look forward to working with and seeing you all again soon.”


To find out more about the AWARE foundation, you can click the following link here.