How long have you worked at Bath ASU and what roles have you been in?
I began working for Bath ASU back in January 2010. I started as a cleaner when the company was just 2 units. I was in this role for around 10 months. Then the opportunity arose to become part of the production team as a Pharmacy Assistant, so I jumped at the chance to progress.
It was during this time that I also undertook various driving and delivery duties for the warehouse team, and this became a permanent position in 2012. I was then promoted to Warehouse Supervisor in 2015, the role I currently still hold.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is knowing that every day, the pharmaceutical products made by our company are reaching those patients most desperately in need of them. I go home every day knowing that my team have been a big part of this, and that Bath ASU as a whole is making a massive difference to so many people’s lives.
What advice would you give to members of the team?
Work hard, don’t be afraid to ask when you need help and be proud of being part of the bigger picture. I am proof that you can progress through the ranks, and Bath ASU will give you the opportunities and training to do so if you want it!
Take us through an average day…
My main duties include overseeing a team of 10 warehouse staff in the packing and distribution of pharmaceutical products. These are manufactured by the company for various national hospitals and healthcare professionals and my team ensure they are sent out correctly.
I am in charge of ensuring that all of our goods in stock are approved items and that stock rotation is performed correctly. I delegate various roles to my team, such as itemising short-dated stock and correctly storing products according to the temperatures they need to be kept at. I am also in charge of undertaking a weekly consumable stock count, ensuring that numbers are kept at the appropriate levels for company use.
Which of our values resonate with you most and why?
Where patients come first. I have lost many family members to cancer, including my Mum. The fact that Bath ASU’s biggest pharmaceutical products are cytotoxic drugs resonates strongly with me as helping people with cancer really is putting them first.
Finally, how does your team contribute to Where Patients Come First?
My team work very hard to achieve our company value of ‘Where Patients Come First’ on both an individual and a team level. They are all dedicated, hardworking and conscientious, and they realise the importance of the role that we play in providing our patients with the help that they need.
My team are the last line when organising the correct packing and distribution of drugs all around the country and are the last team to leave the facility to ensure that this is done. It is also important to recognise that we work as part of a bigger team, dedicated to ensuring that our patients receive the best service possible.