Kimberley Secondary School
Clarendon College (Now called New Nottingham College)
Peoples College (Now called New Nottingham College)
BTEC Diploma in Art and Fashion Design
BTEC in Pharmaceutical Services
NVQ Level 3 in Pharmacy Services
OCR Level 3 in Assessing NVQ Candidates
McDonalds Restaurant – Started as a crew member and working up to a Shift Running Manager
Finance Company – New Business Underwritter
Trainee Pharmacy Technician – Nottingham University Hospitals
Rotational Pharmacy Technician – Nottingham University Hospitals
Specialised Pharmacy Technician – Nottingham University Hospitals
Lead Chemotherapy Pharmacy Technician – Nottingham University Hospitals
Operations Manager – Stemcell Biobank Company
Relief Pharmacy Technician – Community Pharmacy
Branch Manager – Community Pharmacy
Stores and Ward Deputy Operations Manager – Kingsmill Hospital
PCN Pharmacy Technician
My Primary Care Network is called BACHS which covers the areas Bilborough, Aspley, Cinderhill, Hyson Green and Strelley, I work at two GP practices in these areas.
My name is Samantha Louise, my first name is from my Grandad (Sam) and my middle name comes from my Great Aunt Lou.
I have two children (15 & 11) and a Cavapoo. We love to get away and explore in our spare time. My other hobbies are running, mountain biking and a spot of DIY. See how I said we love to explore… well this will explain the vehicles I drive. Along with a car I also drive a Motorhome and a Motorbike!
My pronouns are:
I primarily did my Pharmacy Technician training in Hospital at the Nottingham University Hospitals; I was there for 14yrs before I had the opportunity to work for a Stem Cell Biobank. Since then I’ve ventured into Community Pharmacy, back into Hospital (Sherwood Forest Hospitals) and now working in GP practices for a Primary Care Network.
My Typical Day:
Typically I wake up around 6am, we all get ready for School/Work and have breakfast together.
I start work at 8am, my role is very varied. It can vary from updating medication records, dealing with medication supply alternatives, checking if patients require medical tests (blood test/blood pressure checks), arranging patients medication reviews with clinicians, responding to drug alerts, supporting patients with managing their medications and supporting colleagues with their learning and development.
I do 37hours over the 5 days, my finish time ranges from 2pm -6pm. This is so I can accommodate my family and work life balance.
Quick Fire Questions
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Fun creative hard-worker
Who is your favourite singer or band?
80’s and 90s Music
What's your favourite food?
- Potato – the good old potato = chips, jacket potatoes, new baby potatoes, mash potato, potato soup, sautéed potatoes, roast potatoes, crisps, dauphinoise potatoes, croquettes …….
What did you want to be after you left school?
I had no idea what I wanted to do after my GCSE’s I just wanted to learn how to make my own clothes, make my sisters wedding and bridesmaid dresses. So, that’s what I did, I went and did a BTEC Diploma in Art and Fashion Design.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No, I tell you why. I got sent out of a lesson one time for talking, the head teacher saw me outside the lesson, the disapproving look on his face whilst explaining why I was stood there was enough for me.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Started working whilst in College, this gave me so many life skills and set me up ready for my working career.
What or who inspired you to do your job?
You could say a number of people/situation inspired me to move into this career.
- My older Sister, I sometimes used to go and see her at her place of work (I used to get a free lollipop)
- I was working for a Finance company at the time and through the window from my desk I noticed a girl sitting on the floor outside a front door across the road, at first it looked like she was just sitting there but as I kept glancing up and I could see she was starting to get more distress. Anyway in a nutshell I left my desk and went across the road to see if I could help. I did and I made a difference.
- Somebody I worked with during the above made a comment saying “I wouldn’t have done that, it’s her own fault she is in that house” It made me rethink my career.
If you weren't in healthcare, what job would you do?
Professional athlete – in my dreams!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To turn back time
To be able to heal pain and suffering
Have more wishes
Tell us a joke.
I’m not good at jokes, I told this the children when they were younger and to this day they still tell it…
What do cows eat for breakfast?
How long have you been in your profession? (1 comments)
if you could tell your 13 year old self something , what would it be ??? (1 comments)
-what would you do if a patient was in need of multiple treatments that required a variety of medications that are seen (1 comments)
-what would you do if a patient was presented with persistent symptoms but had no apparent cause behind them? (1 comments)
-is it difficult to keep your personal opinions when a patient refuses to take life-saving treatments? (1 comments)