I first knew of Graham as the former Scottish government chief pharmaceutical officer and then as the chair of Post Qualification Education Board (PQEB) for Scotland. By this time, Graham’s long experience and wisdom in pharmacy and in the development of pharmaceutical care was already widely known and respected, both in the UK and indeed internationally. Graham was a natural leader and one of the pioneers in pharmacy, and such an important cornerstone in the development of clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical care.
But it was in pharmacy education and training and during his role as chair of the PQEB in Scotland that I got the chance to work with Graham, and I experienced first hand his skills and expertise in pharmacy policy and politics. I learned a lot from Graham about his commitment to the profession and his determination to succeed. It was no coincidence, and with strong leadership, that the PQEB and its implementation through the Scottish Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education went from strength to strength over the years — eventually becoming one of the founder professional organisations to come together to start the multiprofessional NHS Education for Scotland.
Graham was an ambassador for the pharmacy profession and a supporter of innovation in patient care, always understanding the policy dilemmas and challenges of working for the government and the NHS.
The profession owes Graham more than it could ever repay, and he will be sorely missed by both his children and all of his grandchildren, who have our sympathy at this sad time.
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2018.20205475
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