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Felice Groundland

Boots Teacher Practitioner, Strathclyde University

 

Felice obtained her BSc Hons from the University of Strathclyde and completed her preregistration year with Boots in East Kilbride. After qualification Felice worked as a community pharmacist with Boots in and around the Glasgow area before taking on her current role of Boots Teacher practitioner.

 

Through her role as Boots Teacher Practitioner (TP), Felice provides the link between the University and Boots, and acts as a point of contact for students wishing to learn more about placements with Boots such as the Summer Placement Programme (SPP) and Preregistration training.

 

Learning and Development

All Boots Teacher Practitioners are part of the Learning and Development team at the support office in Nottingham. This means that they are involved in a whole range of development opportunities, and contribute to the design of key programmes which are rolled out to many different pharmacy populations within Boots (pharmacists, accuracy checking technicians, prereg trainees and pharmacy undergraduates).

 

The Teacher Practitioner also liaises closely with the Boots Resourcing Team. These are the people involved in recruiting for Boots. This means that if you have any queries regarding employment with Boots, then Felice is your first point of contact.

 

Undergraduate pharmacy students

Teaching of professional subjects falls within the remit of the Boots TP. Generally this teaching involves Pharmacy Practice subjects.

 

Summer Placement Programme (SPP)

As a summer placement student in Boots you can work along side a pharmacist tutor for an 5-week  paid period in the summer in year 3 or a 2 week voluntary period in years 1 and 2.. This is a chance to experience the Boots environment and decide whether it is somewhere you would like to develop your career as a pharmacist. Felice provides information on the programme, and will let you know (usually via myplace or email messages) about the summer placement programme presentation, application deadlines and any other information that comes up through the year. You will also see Felice at the various intervention days which are part of the summer placement programme.

 

Preregistration Trainees

The prereg training year in Boots is one that is busy, challenging and fun! The diary is always full with training events and development opportunities, which include off-job clinical days, professional development days as well as the opportunity to complete audit and business projects. In addition to all of this there is a Professional Pharmacy Conference for all Boots prereg trainees. This is one of the highlights of the year where trainees get the chance to meet lots of new people and learn lots about the future of pharmacy as a Boots pharmacist. Preregistration training and development forms a significant part of Felice’s role as Boots TP.

 

Newly Qualified Pharmacists

All newly qualified pharmacists in Boots continue on their professional development as a Boots pharmacist through participation in the ASPIRE programme which is designed to develop both the professional and business aspects of their role. Felice together with the TP in Robert Gordon’s University, Lindsey Taylor manages the ASPIRE programme in Scotland for Boots.

 

Pharmacists

It is now mandatory that all pharmacists complete and record CPD. Supporting and training our Pharmacists is extremely important to Boots and that is why a huge investment has been made to provide CPD pharmacist development days for every employed pharmacist in the company. The Boots TPs are involved in delivering these events and Felice supports the delivery of this event across Scotland.

 

Accuracy Checking Technicians (ACTs)

We have a number of ACTs supporting our pharmacists in Boots stores. ACTs have the responsibility for accuracy checking prescriptions once they have been clinically checked by a pharmacist and assembled by another dispenser. To qualify as an ACT, technicians must undertake a further period of training and assessment. Assessment involves a review of their portfolio of evidence, an interview and a formal examination where the pass mark is 100%. Felice is responsible for the ACT assessment of ACT candidates in Scotland. She is also involved in the 2-day training course across Scotland.

 Office telephone number: 0141 548 2874

 Boots mobile number: 07834497460

 Email address: felice.groundland@boots.co.uk / f.s.groundland@strath.ac.uk