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Entries now closed for 2023

The Independent Pharmacy Awards will shine a light on the brilliant work of community pharmacy teams across the UK when the event returns to the House of Commons in September…

Don’t miss the opportunity to enter the most prestigious awards event in the pharmacy calendar.
The UK’s political corridors of power will once again provide the setting for the Independent Pharmacy Awards on Friday, September 29 – which draws the biggest names in the community pharmacy sector and the world of politics.
The event has come a long way since it started out at The Waldorf Hotel over a decade ago. 
The Awards are now presented in the Member’s Dining Room at the House of Commons.
The event has always attracted the who’s who in community pharmacy as well as leading figures from the wider NHS and executives from the pharmaceutical industry – and this year promises to be no different. Of course, the event would not be complete without the finalists – independent community pharmacists and their teams who provide vitally important support to their local communities. 
Entries come from single-site pharmacies, multiple independents and local pharmaceutical committees, and are judged by our team of experts, handpicked by Independent Community Pharmacist’s editorial team.  The location apart, the event is a fantastic opportunity to network with the sector’s movers and shakers – the guest list reads like the A list of community pharmacy.
The Independent Pharmacy Awards enjoys active support from all the key pharmacy organisations, local pharmaceutical committees, government bodies and trade associations. 
In recognition of how the Awards have evolved, the four home countries rotate annually to present a ‘state of the nation’ address at the Awards ceremony. The speaker is either the chief pharmaceutical officer or the head of the national negotiating body.
This year it will be Cathy Harrison, the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Northern Ireland who will address the gathering.

Be in it to win it!

The 2023 Independent Pharmacy Awards is an event not to be missed. This year there are six categories open for entries.

Use a Word document when submitting your entry.

Independent Prescriber of the Year (NEW CATEGORY)
For pharmacists who can show how they have used their independent prescribing qualification to improve the services their pharmacy offers and make a positive impact on their patients’ lives.

Pharmacy Team of the Year
Nominations from the business owner or pharmacy manager to recognise a team which has worked together in special way to improve patient care and business performance.

Pharmacy Technician of the Year
Recognises the vital support a pharmacy technician has provided to a pharmacy. Technicians can self-nominate or be put forward by their pharmacy manager.

Pharmacy Innovation of the Year
Tell us about a new service or initiative that has made a demonstrably positive contribution to your pharmacy business and/or patients in your locality.

Best Supporting Local Representative Group (LPC, CP(HB) committee, LHB forum or LCG)
The NHS is getting more local and local support is more important than ever. This Award is open to LPCs and their equivalents in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to demonstrate how they have supported local independent contractors.

Independent Pharmacist of the Year
Open to pharmacists who own their own businesses or who work for an independent pharmacy company, and who can demonstrate year-round excellence, delivering extraordinary value in the pharmacy setting and to the communities that they serve. This is the gold standard; the highest accolade in independent community pharmacy.

The closing date for submitting your entry is July 24, 2023, so don’t delay!

The judges this year are;

Neil Trainis, chair of the judges and editor, ICP

Terry Maguire, Maguire Pharmacy, Northern Ireland

Carys Spencer, Pontyclun Pharmacy, Wales

Bernadette Brown, Cadham Pharmacy, Scotland

Shilpa Shah, North East London LPC

Claire Steele, Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK

Patrick Grice, contributing editor, ICP

We will be telling not only the pharmacy world about our Award winners but also local and mainstream media. Independent Community Pharmacist will be publishing interviews with all the winners over the course of the year highlighting their success stories online as well as in print. 

This is your opportunity to tell how you improve and maintain the health of people in your local communities, how you have innovated and developed, or just been plainly brilliant at what you do.