About Nadia Bukhari
Nadia Bukhari BPharm, FHEA, FRPharmS, PG Dip Pharm Prac, PG Dip Teaching & Learning in Higher Education. Senior teaching Fellow in Pharmacy Practice, Pre-Registration Co-ordinator, UCL School of Pharmacy, London.
Nadia started her professional career as a community pharmacist as a pharmacy manager at Westbury Chemist in London. She then moved on to work for Bart’s and the London NHS Trust, London as a clinical pharmacist in surgery. It was at this time she began to have an interest in teaching, as part of her role involved the responsibility of being a teacher practitioner for the School of Pharmacy, University of London. Two and a half years later, she commenced working for the School of Pharmacy, University of London as the pre-registration co-ordinator and the academic facilitator. This position involved teaching therapeutics to Master of Pharmacy students and assisting the director of undergraduate studies. Whilst teaching undergraduate students, Nadia completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmacy Practice and her Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching in Higher Education and is now a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She then took on the role of the Master of Pharmacy Programme Manager, which involved the management of the undergraduate degree as well as being the pre-registration coordinator for the university. Since the merger with UCL, she has now taken on the role as a Senior Teaching Fellow in pharmacy practice which involved her leading on the final year practice module. She has also recently taken on the exciting role of head of alumni relations for the school. Nadia has many responsibilities within her Professional body, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. She is the chairwoman for the Pre Registration conferences, is a member of the advisory panel for the MEP and is a member of the RPS’ PreReg Advisory Group . Nadia was seconded as the Foundation program development lead pharmacist for the RPS which lasted 6 months. Nadia has an avid interest in pharmacy research. Her area of research is Pharmacy & Leadership and she is now in her 4th year of her PhD. She is also a renowned author for pharmacy. Nadia has authored seven titles with the Pharmaceutical Press. She is the Founder for the Registrations Assessment Questions series and the Pharmacy Registration Assessment Questions series at the Pharmaceutical Press, London. Nadia is a mentor for emerging young leaders taking active interest in their development and building their skills. Her leadership skills as the Chair for the RPS Pre-reg Conferences have been outstanding. Nadia had many visions in order to make these courses a success. Due to her excellent leadership skills, these are now shared visions within the team. She has developed inexperienced members of the team and has increased their confidence in public speaking. She has inspired and motivated others in order to achieve the best results. The feedback from delegates has been exceptional, endorsing the success of Nadia’s leadership and organisation. Nadia is a very well-known within the profession and is a role model for many students, newly qualified pharmacists and experienced pharmacists alike. She has been found to be inspiring by the future and young pharmacists. She leads by example and has encouraged many to push their personal boundaries beyond what it traditionally means to be a pharmacist. Nadia also is very involved with local community activities and finds great satisfaction in engaging and leading on fundraising initiatives for charity. She has a great passion for empowering women and has acted as a role model for many through her professional work and networks. In 2015, Nadia was awarded the status of Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for her excellence and contributions towards the profession. She is the youngest female and youngest Asian and youngest Muslim woman to be awarded this accolade.
Nadia Bukhari was made Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (FRPharmS) for her distinction in the Profession of Pharmacy.
Fellowship is an honour which recognises those individuals who have attained distinction in their pharmacy career. As Fellowships are based on nominations from Members, they signify the esteem in which the individual is held by his or her peers.
Nadia is very well-known within the profession and is a role model for many students, newly qualified pharmacists and experienced pharmacists alike. She has experience in training in a practice setting where she guided many pre-reg pharmacists to success. This ignited her passion in the development, education and training of young pharmacists.
When she entered the world of academia, Nadia decided to expand her current role to include her being the pre-registration coordinator for the university. She wanted to help and give guidance to undergraduates on obtaining a pre-registration placement in the competitive market. This involved her training students on writing sound application forms, CVs and developing their interview skills. This gave birth to Nadia’s book ‘The pre-registration Interview’ published by the Pharmaceutical Press, which is used nationwide by all pharmacy undergraduates. During this time, Nadia was a question writer for the RPSGB examination, giving her insight to the assessment process of the pre-registration year. She did this for 4 years, before starting her own series ‘Tomorrow’s Pharmacist’ with the Pharmaceutical Press on the registration exam. Nadia has since published 7 titles with the Pharmaceutical Press. Pre-registration training had become a passion for Nadia. She got involved on a wider scale when she was approached by the RPS to start a training ‘crash’ course for pre-registration pharmacists. This course has been highly successful and a great achievement for Nadia.
Nadia has immersed herself with pre-registration pharmacists in every sense. From the application process, to the physical training, to the assessment process and finally collaborating with the professional body to support pre-registration pharmacists on a national scale. She leads by example and has encouraged many to push their personal boundaries beyond what it traditionally means to be a pharmacist. Through all of her activities and engagement on committees she has earned a well-known reputation as a leader within pre-registration training in the profession.
As an educator, she is connected to the voice of the youth. In this role, she has empowered pharmacists to build a better future for the profession. Nadia is extremely dedicated to her profession. She wants to make a difference in the world of pharmacy and by inspiring the future pharmacists and acting as an exceptional role model, she has been achieving just that.
Nadia was invited to BBC Asian Network for an interview regarding her achievements. The title of her interview was ‘Can Asian Women Have It All?’ She has also been invited to the the popular British South Asian radio station for an interview – Lyca Dilse Radio, which she will be doing in due course.
Printed in Junior Doctors Magazine : Issue 25, August 2012
Nadia has empowered women in many ways both nationally and internationally. Nadia is extremely dedicated to her profession and wants to make a difference in the world of pharmacy by inspiring future pharmacists and acting as an exceptional role model for all. In 2017, she was invited as a panel member for ‘Inspiring Women in Pharmacy’ on International Women’s day and was also invited as a speaker for Cardiff university on International Women’s Day. To mark International Women’s day, Nadia was in addition, featured as an inspiring woman in pharmacy by Pharmacist Support, the UK’s number one charity for the profession.
Widening Participation & Outreach
Promotion of the Profession
Nadia Bukhari is passionate about pharmacy and participates actively in promoting pharmacy as a career prospect at schools.Recently she has visited Acorn House Sixth Form College in Southall, London and Al Risalah School in Tooting. Nadia is devoted to promoting the profession. She has been involved in many community projects. Her recent promotional video was for Refugee Action in Kingston. Kingston borough has had a recent influx of refugees which has lead to an increase in A & E admissions due to lack of understanding of the role of the pharmacist.
English Pharmacy Board Member
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has three National Boards in England, Scotland and Wales which form the backbone of the Society. The National Boards lead the agenda at a national level, focusing on the issues that really matter to our members. They have responsibility for interpreting and developing policy as well as overseeing the delivery of member services locally.
Nadia Bukhari’s Election Statement :
“Having worked in community, hospital and academia I understand the challenges that the profession faces, but also feel there is a great opportunity for us to develop new ways of working to further enhance the profession. Widespread engagement and understanding regarding the value of pharmacists is key and I have advocated the role of the pharmacist to the public via multiple media channels to raise awareness amongst the public that pharmacists are an essential part of patient care. I have been working with schools to further promote the profession as a career choice. My role as an adviser for the Commonwealth Pharmacist Association has allowed promotion of the role of the pharmacist on a global level. I have been actively involved with the development of pre-registration pharmacists, and have authored books to help them through their education journey. Having listened to their learning needs, I founded and developed the hugely popular RPS pre-registration courses. I attribute a large part of their success to the fact that I continuously draw on the expertise of pharmacists from all areas of practice to teach on the programme. By cultivating and supporting this multi-specialty team, I rapidly implement changes regarding pre-registration training and assessment into the programme. I strongly believe that ongoing development is an integral component of being a professional, and continue to mentor and develop pharmacists after qualification. I feel that my knowledge of pharmacist education at undergraduate and postgraduate level and of the workforce pressures we currently face, allows me to effectively understand the current challenges to, and opportunities for, our profession. The RPS are working tirelessly to be the professional voice of pharmacy and to support the education and development of the profession. I wish to continue to support the great work they have been doing. Being an elected member of the board, I want to be actively involved in discussions that set the vision for pharmacy and raise the profile of pharmacists amongst the public and the government. I am standing for election because I want to be a driver within the EPB, help develop our profession, and give it the prominence and exposure it deserves. I want to have the opportunity to engage with the public, the profession and key stakeholders to champion the role of the pharmacist. As your board representative, I shall always strive to ensure that the strategic objectives of the professional body align to your voice as members”.
Nadia Bukhari elected to English Pharmacy Board
Nadia Bukhari will join the English Pharmacy Board in June 2017 with a three year tenure.
Nadia won her place with 814 votes and took 8.63% of the English vote. Being elected to the English Pharmacy Board is a great achievement for both Nadia and UCL. She is also the first British Pakistani woman and first Muslim woman to be elected onto the Board.
The three National Boards in England, Scotland and Wales form the backbone of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) making the Boards better placed to influence national governments.
The National Boards lead the agenda at a national level, focusing on the issues that really matter to RPS members. They have responsibility for interpreting and developing policy as well as overseeing the delivery of member services locally.
“I am delighted to have been elected and am honored to be the only newly elected Board member,” Nadia said.
“I am grateful to all who voted for me and really appreciate everyone’s support. As a profession, it’s pleasing to see that we are moving in the right direction with both gender and diversity, but we still have a long way to go.”
Looking forward to taking up her post, Nadia added, “the hard work starts for me now: being the only new Board member means I will have lots of questions but, more importantly, I will offer a fresh perspective. Engaging with the professional body and increasing membership are some of my top priorities, which I hope to be driving forward”. The newly elected English board members will take office on 21 June 2017.
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