A total of five women and one man - two each from England, Scotland and Wales - have received the awards that went to pharmacists who have shown:
Innovative practice that has improved the use of medicines
Significant improvements in the quality of prescribing, dispensing or administering medicines
Service developments that ensure patient access to high-quality care and medicines
The standard of entries in the first year of this new award was high, and the judges were impressive by the quality of the winners' achievements," said Martin Anderson, Commercial Affairs Director at the ABPI.
"The UK-based pharmaceutical industry has long recognised how the professional abilities of pharmacists can make a very real difference to patients through their expert knowledge of medicines, and these awards have been designed to reflect that."
The winners are: Sarah Hiom, of Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust; Roger Williams, of Morriston Hospital's pharmacy department, Swansea; Carole Brown, practice pharmacist at South Huddersfield PCT; Diane Harris, community pharmacist adviser at the Amber Valley PCT, Derbyshire; Elizabeth Grant, public health pharmacist with the Greater Glasgow NHS Board; and Fiona Eastop, Lloyds pharmacy, Burntisland, Fife.
The six prize-winners will receive free tickets for the whole of this year's British Pharmaceutical Conference at Manchester. The applicants were judged by a panel of senior NHS professionals and the ABPI.
The awards will be held again next year. Applications can be received from any practising pharmacist. An application form can be obtained in due course from the ABPI, 12 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY, or contact its website at www.abpi.org.uk
For further information, please contact: ABPI Press Office 020 7747 1410