Girish Mehta: Practicing Superintendent Pharmacist, Chemilab Pharmacy, Watford

When did you start in the NHS?

1979 – as a summer student at the pharmacy department of the Western General Hospital, Glasgow.

Why did you choose to work in the NHS?

I believe in the values of the institution and it provided the best training environment for my profession.

Describe what you do in 100 words

Community pharmacy practices are a local hub for both ill and well patients. We are the ‘medicine experts’ within our local health community and our core role of dispensing ensures safe delivery of treatments for our patients.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

It’s multi-faceted with never a dull moment! My role allows me to practice my profession with the freedom of being an independent contractor.

How would you describe the NHS in one word?

World-class.

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about working in the NHS?

Do not lose the focus, passion and enthusiasm that you joined the NHS for.

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