Dipak Nandha
Dipak NandhaCommunity Pharmacist

I’ve wanted to be a pharmacist ever since I was 10 years old, when a photograph of me was taken in a Willesden Green pharmacy.  My careers advisor tried to dissuade me from studying pharmacy, but I graduated with a degree in pharmacy in 1980.  In 1985 I acquired a pharmacy in west London and in 2010 I moved to pastures new and acquired a pharmacy in Ham in the borough of Richmond upon Thames.  I have held several roles supporting Ealing Primary Care Trust, have been a member of Richmond CCG’s Medicines Optimisation Group and am an active member of the Kingston and Richmond Local Pharmaceutical Committee.

Working as a pharmacist when I first started was a wholly different experience to today.  Back then, I was often compounding creams, lotions and mixtures in the dispensary, where a patient might see the pharmacist if they were lucky.  Today, pharmacy is more patient-centred and a lot more is on offer to support patients.  What I do now was unthinkable back then.  Today, I feel myself as a fully integrated member of a wider team to bring the best possible outcomes for patients.

What I most enjoy is that working closely with GPs, we strive to reduce the health inequalities that exist in our locality.  As a pharmacy, we provide a wide-range of healthcare services, including: seasonal vaccinations, NHS Health Checks, chlamydia screening and treatment, and smoking cessation.

As I look into the future, I feel the NHS has continually widened my horizon to fulfil all of my potential.

One of my proudest moments is when I attained an MSc in Community Pharmacy at Kings College, London in 1996.  I was one of the first batch of eight pharmacists to be awarded this degree.