Part of our series on Inspirational Community Innovators
Jay Badenhorst is a community pharmacist that started his career in South Africa. He moved to the UK in 2001 and soon after that decided to stay permanently. He is passionate about pharmacy and the potential that community pharmacy can play in the health and wellbeing of patients.
He once said “In order to be a great leader you don’t need an official title. Whether you’re a pharmacy manager, assistant or technician, you can achieve great things.” He believes that it takes a multifaceted approach to ensuring patients’ best interests are always kept at heart in community pharmacy. Every team members brings a valuable contribution to ensuring every contact counts. He believes it is up to employers to ensure that the professional development of all team members in the pharmacy is ongoing, including investing time into the development of newly qualified pharmacists.
Jay was appointed as Managing Director for Whitworth Chemists Ltd. in April 2015, having worked for them as Superintendent Pharmacist since July 2009. He has a highly successful operations and management background across different organisations and, in his role with Whitworth’s, his significant experience in developing and managing people has delivered impressive results across the whole spectrum of pharmacy services, with him winning the Chemist & Druggist Community Pharmacist of the Year award in 2015.
Since his appointment he has successfully grown, diversified the business and raised the profile of Whitworth into a well-known, large multiple independent pharmacy chain, based in the North of England. Jay is also Chairman for Tees LPC and an appointed Honorary Fellow for Durham University, School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health.
“I am passionate about the developing role of community pharmacy and want a strong, undivided front, uniting all the different sectors within the profession. I believe that the RPS, our professional leadership body, need all pharmacists’ support in order to make the difference we all desire. My RPS membership allows me to keep my clinical knowledge up to date, whilst working in a management role. The RPS Faculty provides all community pharmacists the professional development and recognition process you need to further your career in pharmacy.”