On Thursday 1 November the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) presented their prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018 to Professor Alison Ewing.
The judging panel described Professor Ewing as “dedicated to improving patient care” and an “outstanding contributor” to the pharmacy profession.
On receiving her award, Professor Ewing described it as “the biggest honour I’ve ever received”. Her acceptance speech was a true reflection of her passion for pharmacy. “I am living the dream. I love my job and am passionate about pharmacy and developing things for the future and am very honoured that my peers and colleagues have given me this award.”
In her career, Professor Ewing has represented the hospital pharmacy sector on the (then) RPSGB Council, promoting and developing practice and becoming a regular speaker at RPSGB branch meetings and a notable key note speaker at the RPSGB conference.
On receiving her award, Professor Ewing described it as “the biggest honour I’ve ever received”.
In 2003 she became Vice President of RPSGB and was subsequently honoured by her peers by being awarded a Fellowship of the RPSGB for her dedicated service to the profession.
Professor Ewing further demonstrated her commitment to continuing professional development by being one of the first pharmacists to apply for membership of the RPS Faculty and was awarded RPS Faculty Fellowship.
Professor Ewing is currently the Clinical Director of Pharmacy & Therapies at the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. She has made many positive changes in the department, notably as an early adopter of technology such as dispensing robots, and promoting and supporting the early deployment of an electronic prescribing system.
In addition to this role, she is also Chief Pharmacist at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust and Professor of Pharmacy Innovation at Liverpool John Moores University.
Professor Ewing paid tribute to several inspirational colleagues and formative experiences during her career, and cited the founding of the Centre for Pharmacy Innovation at John Moores University as “something that I am extremely proud of. It is a privilege to be shaping tomorrow’s pharmacists.”