New Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) president Liz Fidler has said she is determined to increase the network of technicians as the body undergoes what she described as “a critical time in terms of its sustainability.”
Fidler (pictured), the associate dean, quality, at Health Education England covering Kent, Surrey and Sussex, takes over from Tess Fenn having led numerous national projects for pharmacy technician development, including accuracy checking for community pharmacy technicians and securing funding for pharmacy integration fund projects.
She is presently overseeing the development of a new pharmacy technician qualification and comes into the role at APTUK at a time when the role of technicians is being fiercely scrutinised, the Pharmacists’ Defence Association releasing a series of chapters critically analysing the profession in recent months.
“This is a time of unprecedented change for the NHS and healthcare provision more widely, and with change comes opportunity,” Fidler said.
“I strongly believe in the need for a leadership body that proudly represents champions and supports the professional development of pharmacy technicians. I pledge to lead the profession and increase our network so that we can promote the practice and advancement of pharmacy technicians.
“A key ambition for the Association and me personally is to ensure that membership continues to grow and evolve to reflect the current and future roles of our profession.”
Fidler added: “I believe the Association is at a critical time in terms of its sustainability; the transition from a membership organisation to a professional leadership body has strong foundations laid by previous presidents and boards.
“My vision is to build on this and focus on key priorities to utilise the expertise of professional committee members. Engaging with members to ensure that the priorities align with their wishes is essential and I will work with others to deliver on this.”
Ellen Williams, director of regional pharmacy training at South West Medicines Information and Training, was appointed vice-president of the APTUK.