Olutayo Arikawe, a community pharmacist in Dudley, has been chosen as the national winner of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s I Love My Pharmacist Award.
The ‘I Love My Pharmacist Award’ recognises the vital role pharmacists play across the NHS. Often the unsung heroes of the health service, they work alongside GPs, nurses and hospital staff, as well as in the community.
Olutayo always puts the community first and she is involved in many other interventions to help patients improve their health, reaching out far wider than her pharmacy itself.
One particular example of Olutayo going the extra mile for her elderly patients was her involvement in a falls prevention campaign, commissioned by Dudley Public Health due to an increase of admissions in A&E for falls in the over 65’s. Speaking of her work here, Olutayo said:
“I proposed to take the falls prevention campaign outside of the pharmacy, going to various venues such as the Salvation Army, a local widows club and the Police engagement for vulnerable people and provided them with slippers to prevent falls in their own home.
My team and I referred certain vulnerable older people for home improvements and others to balance classes. Persistent falling can lead to more serious problems, hospital admissions and long stays there if social care needs to be arranged. The concept of referring patients to the balance classes means that the older people to get out of the house, make new friends, improved their balance, strength and confidence.”
Visit www.ilovemypharmacist.co.uk to learn more about the role of pharmacists and how they can help support older people.