Emily Flanagan, Specialist Clinical Pharmacist
Emily Flanagan, Specialist Clinical Pharmacist – Immunology and Haematology Teams
What is your role? (job/team/department)
I am a Specialist Clinical Pharmacist. I work with the ward teams and within the wider pharmacy team. I am part of the trusts Immunology team, the Haematology team and I help to run a Sub-Regional Panel.
Where are you based?
I work in Salford Royal Hospital. I am based both in the pharmacy department and out on the wards. My role also involves working with teams across Greater Manchester and also collaboration with Panels across the North West of England.
What are the main duties you do as part of your role?
I work with specialist clinical teams to help ensure the best care is provided to our patients. This involves many different activities such as ward visits, board rounds, multi-disciplinary team meetings and dedicated time in our dispensary. I help to ensure the safety of our Haematology patients by checking their chemotherapy prescriptions and advise on the use of high-risk medications. I also meet with Clinicians across the Greater Manchester area to assess Immunology, Neurology and Haematology patients and help make sure their treatment is appropriate and safe. I work with doctors, nurses and dieticians to provide holistic care to our patients.
What attracted you to a career in science?
I was always very interested in science. In particular, I wanted a career where I could both further my knowledge and strengths within the field of science, but also interact with and directly help patients. Pharmacy has provided this pathway to me and I am constantly developing my skills in this field. I love that I can make a real difference to patients’ lives whilst working in a busy and ever-developing department.
What has your main role been during the COVID-19 pandemic – and how has that role changed to accommodate the demands generated by the pandemic?
Due to COVID-19, I have had a split post providing the pharmacy service to the Haematology Unit. This has enabled me to be involved in decisions about patient care, in particular how to protect some of the most vulnerable patients in the hospital against COVID-19. I have had the chance to really learn on this ward and to develop the service further.
What are your thoughts on the role of women in science?
I think the role of women in science is incredibly important and think it is an exciting field to be involved in. We should strive to make the pathway to a career in science for the women of future generations fully accessible.