I went to secondary school in Belgium, gaining A-levels in Biology, Chemistry & Maths
University of Nottingham: Masters of Pharmacy
University of Derby: Postgraduate diploma in Clinical Pharmacy
Keele University: Postgraduate certificate in Prescribing Studies
Pre-registration training year: Split post in hospital, community pharmacy and in primary care (called PCT at time).
I then worked a community pharmacist at Manns Chemist in Hucknall for 6 months before realising I wanted to go back to working in a hospital.
I completed my foundation years at Kings Mill hospital. I then took up a role as a specialist surgical pharmacist at Leicester Royal Infirmary. Next I moved to Nottingham University Hospitals where I worked in lots of areas including medicines information, antimicrobials and as a university teacher practitioner.
Seven years ago I made the leap into the primary care to work as a practice pharmacist. I have since worked in several GP practices before moving into current role.
Nottingham City GP Alliance: Senior Clinical Pharmacist (3 days a week)
Nottinghamshire Alliance Training Hub: Pharmacist Associate (1 day a week)
Either at head office (in town) or out and about in practices visiting my amazing team.
Sarah Partridge (Clinical Pharmacist): I am ‘Mum’ to 2 children (9 & 11) and a ‘happy’ sized cat called Bilbo. Time allowing I am trying to return to running – aiming for 1000km in a year and my first half marathon.
I am ‘Mum’ to 2 children (9 & 11) and a ‘happy’ sized cat called Bilbo. All of whom are very loud.
Time allowing I am trying to return to running – aiming for 1000km in a year and my first half marathon. So far I am on track!
My house enjoys music and there is always lots of singing going on. We all play or are learning instruments. I play the piano and oboe. I also have a saxophone, which I am hoping one day I will get round to learning.
I like helping. I therefore volunteer for our local scout unit. I also support with administration (and washing) for my son’s sports team.
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My Typical Day:
I wake up and after dropping the kids off at breakfast club, I get to work at 8am. My day is often different. Some mornings I run a group session providing support and teaching. After lunch I may make a few phone or video calls to check on our staff. I may also work on one of our team projects. I then go home between 4-5pm, making sure I pick my kids back up!
I wake up and after dropping the kids off at breakfast club, I get to work at 8am. My day is often different, but I quite often run a supervision session in the morning. During these sessions we try and work together to improve how we work. It may include a quiz that I have written – as this enables my team to identify what they do or don’t know.
After lunch I may make a few phone or video calls. This is to check on how our team are doing or provide necessary support. I may also work on one of our projects. Recently I have been trying to arrange for university pharmacy students to shadow our team and find out about our amazing work. I then go home between 4-5pm.
Quick Fire Questions
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Happy medicines expert
Who is your favourite singer or band?
This is tricky as my eclectic taste is always changing, but presently I am enjoying Royal Blood.
What's your favourite food?
Thai green curry or anything like this! Followed by tiramisu (we even eat this pudding for breakfast at Christmas)
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Going on safari in Africa (when we were on honeymoon). It was amazing watching the animals in real life.
What did you want to be after you left school?
Well I initially wanted to be a teacher. I then wanted to be an archeologist. I then decided that I wanted a role that meant I could help people (without any blood as I am very squeamish).
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Ha ha, no! I was very much a goody two shoes!
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Making the leap into working in a GP practice. It was a brave decision as the role was not very established at the time. But after over coming a number of challenges, I became a valued team member. And most importantly I felt I was making a difference to patients.
What or who inspired you to do your job?
Truthfully my careers advisor told me train to be a pharmacist!
However, during my training year in London at Guys & St Thomas’ hospital I met lots of inspiring people. They showed me the potential of being a pharmacist.
If you weren't in healthcare, what job would you do?
My kids would say a boss somewhere. This is because I am good at being bossy!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
My kids and I were discussing this the other day
- My first was that everyone should have food and shelter
- That global warming was no longer an issue
- Everyone would be kind to one another
Tell us a joke.
I am terrible at jokes but here goes:
‘What do you call a man with a spade on his head?’
(P.s. I once won a computer with a series of jokes, but unfortunately they were rude so I cannot reveal them on this)