Congratulations to our trio of pharmacists who successfully recredentialed with the College recently! Carol Paton, Michelle Lad and Kathy Morgan all demonstrated that they continue to be among the leading pharmacists in mental health in this country.
Carol Paton is an Honorary Research Fellow, Imperial College London and Joint Head of the Prescribing Observatory for Mental Health (POMH) at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
The assessor of Carol’s recredentialing portfolio congratulated her on the great work she has done at POMH UK and her involvement in various guidelines and research/publications.
When asked what she finds most rewarding in her role, Carol said:
“Being able to provide data to support reflective practice in Trusts and ultimately seeing prescribing practice move towards evidence-based standards.”
Carol is the longest standing of our current credentialed members, having first credentialed in 2001. She appreciates the opportunity credentialing brings to having her practice being formally recognised by her peers as meeting pre-set standards
Michelle Lad is Deputy Chief Pharmacist at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
The assessor of her portfolio commented: “the submission provided in depth detail for every category. It was an excellent submission providing detailed information for working at an advanced level. I especially liked the framework for band 6 pharmacist progression and the in-depth plans for her role as deputy chief pharmacist.”
When asked to reflect on her role, Michelle said:
“For myself my career has provided an amazing opportunity to support and develop the workforce of tomorrow. Working as a mentor and in education has challenged me to ensure I strive for the best not just with knowledge but as a person and leader. I have learnt as much from my colleagues as they have from me. Taking my new steps into safety seems natural progression to have a long lasting and positive impact on patient care. I love the chance to take new initiatives in my work, implement real change but mostly to put the patient voice central.”
When asked what being credentialed by the College meant to her, she said:
“Being a credentialed member of the CMHP brings a real sense of satisfaction professionally and personally. Having the peer recognition of my hard work and expertise gives me confidence. The CMHP are a fantastic support and has really opened doors to opportunities and to network previously and will going forward.”
Kathy Morgan is Lead Pharmacist for Specialist Services at the Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.
The assessor complimented her on a very good, thorough submission, and said: “Evidence of working at an advanced level was shown by her leading on projects across the Trust such as electronic prescribing and community clozapine initiation. The submission also showed evidence of working outside her Trust such as discussing electronic prescribing with other Trusts around the country.”
Reflecting on what being credentialed means to her, Kathy commented: “Being recredentialed is very important to me in my new role as Lead Pharmacist for Specialist Services (Rehab and High Support, LD, CAMHS and PICU), as it provides an assurance to colleagues and patients alike that I can work at an advanced level of practice.
“I am also delighted to support and promote the CMHP, as it’s a great organisation and has always been a source of fantastic advice and knowledge sharing. I’d definitely recommend credentialing to others!”
Our credentialed members are required to go through recredentialing every five years. Credentialed members are full members of the College and can carry the post-nominals MCMHP.
For more information about credentialing with the College please see the Credentialing web pages.
On our website, you can also view the full list of credentialed members.