Education and Qualifications
- General Pharmaceutical Council, GPhC registered, 2015
- MPharm (Master of Pharmacy) 2014, University of Nottingham, UK
- First Aider and Duty Officer, St. John Ambulance, 2013
Motivation and inspiration
What motivated you to join Medbelle and the healthcare industry in general?
Joining healthcare seemed like the obvious choice back in school. I was really passionate and excited about organic chemistry and biochemistry. I always enjoyed it on a theoretical and lab level but I wanted to be able to use the knowledge in a way that could impact people’s lives. Out of all the professions, pharmacy combined it all. After years working in a hospital, I wanted a new challenge and a different environment to use my knowledge and skills. Medbelle is changing how we can provide healthcare to patients and the focus on value-based healthcare is particularly exciting, I wanted to join a health team that wants to disrupt the industry in a positive way that really benefits patients.
Your best memory with a patient or in the industry
When I was working in respiratory medicine, a very complex patient with various immunological disorders came onto the ward for treatment of pneumonia. As she was on many specialist medications I was heavily involved in creating her new treatment plan. Her condition was so rare and complex that very few of the doctors understood it and I spent an hour researching her conditions to understand how it would interact with our care of her.
This patient stood out because in order to really help her I had to utilise many of the skills and knowledge that I had learnt over the years; pharmacology, physiology, communication and much more. The plan created for her was grounded in evidence based medicine and tailored for her. It was helping complex patients like her that would make all the work worthwhile.
If there was one thing you wish everyone knew.
Healthcare professionals are human. I feel that so often in the NHS, the public hold the staff up to hero status when they are just as liable to burn out and making mistakes as everyone else.
One piece of advice you would give patients looking into cosmetic/orthopaedic surgery
Make sure you trust your surgeon and provider completely. If you are unsure about anything, you need to feel comfortable to voice your opinion and know that you will be heard. If you do not, then look around. Having the right team for your surgery is more important than anything else.
David qualified as a pharmacist in 2015; and worked as a clinical pharmacist in a major tertiary hospital (Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust) with experience in post-op major trauma, renal transplant and respiratory medicine. David also had a rotation in elective hip and knee replacement in Trafford General Hospital.
Following on from his years working as a clinical pharmacist, David was ready for a new challenge. Medbelle's mission to raise the standard of healthcare really resonated with him and was the perfect opportunity to combine the skills and experience he already had with the chance to learn and develop in new areas too. Healthcare is very much part of David's DNA and knowing that he is making a difference in patients' lives each and every day gets him out of bed in the morning.
- Medical Quality Officer and Patient Care Adviser, Medbelle, 2018 - Present
- Clinical pharmacist, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, 2015 - 2018
- Pre-registration pharmacist, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, 2014 - 2015
- Vice President and First Aider, St. John ambulance LINKS, Nottingham, 2013 - 2014