The Council of CMHP is delighted to welcome Roz Gittins, Lead Clinical Pharmacist, Addaction to full membership of the College.
Roz has demonstrated her expertise in mental health pharmacy through our credentialing process, and she is now eligible to use the post-nominals MCMHP.
As Lead Clinical Pharmacist at Addaction, Roz has responsibility for Mental Health and South West Contracts. She demonstrated that she is working at an advanced level of practice through her portfolio, which included:
- developing pharmacist roles at an operational level within substance misuse and mental health
- inputting at national level to GPhC and other projects such as the Winterbourne Medicines Programme
- collating and disseminating information on best practice to GPs and community pharmacists to improve patient safety
- producing service user information in areas as diverse as Novel Psychoactive Substance and Perinatal Mental Health.
The credentialing viva was held on Thursday 6 October on the eve of our international conference.
CMHP Registrar Ciara Ni Dhubhlaing said: “In her viva, Roz showed a good broad knowledge base outside of her area of speciality and an instinctive desire to always put the patient at the centre of any decision-making. This complemented the strengths we saw in her portfolio. We are therefore delighted to welcome her as the newest credentialed College member!”
Roz recommends credentialing to her colleagues. She says: "I would really encourage every mental health pharmacist to undertake the credentialing process. It was a great opportunity to reflect on my practice, even though I've specialised further in substance misuse in recent years"
Associated members can apply for full membership of the College when they have attained an expert level of working, with a minimum of three of five years active experience in psychiatric pharmacy practice (length of required experience depends upon relevant postgraduate qualifications). For further details, please see http://www.cmhp.org.uk/credentialling