Dr Tania Cork FRPharmS – Chief Operating Officer
I have lived in North Staffordshire for most of my life. I studied at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and qualified as a pharmacist in 1994 after my pre-registration year at Boots.
As a pharmacist I have gained experience working for multiples, independent pharmacies, academia, GP practices, hospital and the PCT. I gained an independent seat on the LPC in 2006 whilst being the superintendent for Milton’s Chemists.
During my career as a pharmacist I have managed to complete a Diploma in Community pharmacy, a MSc in community pharmacy and Doctorate in Pharmacy at Keele University and a Post Grad Certificate in Medical Education at Cardiff University.
In November 2008 I was appointed Chief Officer of the LPC and I now spend my time split between the LPC role and as an academic pharmacist at Keele. My specialist research is in relation the Health Literacy and the community pharmacy.
I have completed a Doctorate in Pharmacy. My research study was to identify health literacy interventions for everyday use in community pharmacy using qualitative and consensus methodology. Papers from this thesis will be published in due course. I have also conducted many other research, evaluation and quality improvement projects in community pharmacy, some recent examples of which are outlined below:
- Developing and evaluating a service in community pharmacy for point-of-care (POC) C-reactive protein (CRP) testing for respiratory tract infections (RTIs). https://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/research/research-article/point-of-care-c-reactive-protein-testing-in-community-pharmacy-to-deliver-appropriate-interventions-in-respiratory-tract-infections/20204635.article
- Developing and evaluating a new minor ailments initiative – Hall G, Cork T, White S, Berry H, Smith L (2019). Evaluation of a new patient consultation initiative in community pharmacy for ear, nose, throat and eye conditions. Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Science & Research Summit, London. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 27 (Suppl S1): 7 [poster presentation].
- Exploring the miss-selling of paracetamol in non-pharmacy outlets – ‘How well are national guidelines relating to the general sales of aspirin and paracetamol, adhered to by retail stores: a mystery shopper study’ https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/1/e010081
- Leading a digital project used in community pharmacy https://www.prescriber.co.uk/article/can-pharmacists-promote-self-care-using-digital-technology/
- Supervision of undergraduate projects and presentation of the work at national and international conferences, e.g. Cork T, Guard H, Jones C, Allinson M, White S (2016). Community pharmacists’ perspectives on malnutrition screening and support: a qualitative study. Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Annual Conference, Birmingham. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 24 (Suppl 3): 3 [oral presentation].
Simon Hay – Engagement Officer
I’ve been qualified for over 30 years, having started with Boots, where I worked both in store and in Head Office for 10 years. After a brief spell with Weldricks, I joined Co-operative Pharmacy (latterly Well), where I worked in Operations as an Area and Regional manager, then in Property and Contracts, and finally as part of the Professional Team. Throughout much of my time I have been involved with numerous LPCs, not just North Staffs & Stoke, where I eventually held the position of Vice Chair for 3 years .
Since leaving Well I have worked with a small regional multiple in an Area Manager and support role, along with doing occasional locums. I am also involved with Sheffield LPC and Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral Local Professional Network.
I have always had a personal interest in services, service development, and the extended role of the pharmacist, and my current position allows me to spread my enthusiasm for these to other pharmacists.