Kevin Noble

Author: admin / Date: 15-09-2012 /

Kevin graduated from the University of Manchester in 1985, and after completing his pre-registration year with Boots the Chemist, in Croydon bought his first Pharmacy in 1988, in Lymington, Hampshire.

Kevin moved to the Isle of Wight in 1996 and bought a second business in Freshwater that was sold in 2001. He then worked as a locum for six years before taking his current post with the Isle of Wight PCT as Pharmacy Lead.

Since his appointment community pharmacies have become integrated partners in many clinical pathways including Chlamydia test and treat, Hepatitis B vaccination, seasonal influenza vaccination, and dry blood spot testing for blood borne virus infection. The flu pandemic of 2009 saw pharmacists offering vaccination against H1N1 for the under 5 patient group via seven pharmacy based clinics.

The services that are offered by community pharmacies on the Isle of Wight have been recognised over the last two years nationally. Kevin was shortlisted for Primary Care pharmacist of the year in 2009. In 2009 the Isle of Wight PCT awarded Kevin the "Island award" for improving patient access, for the work community pharmacists carry out engagingg with injecting drug users. The PCT received a "Highly Commended Acorn Award" from NHS Alliance in the category pharmaceutical services commissioning. In 2010 the PCT have recieved the "Chief Medical Officers Silver Medal" for pharmacy based services improving access to immunisation in hard to reach groups, recognising the contribution pharmacists make to this type of service delivery, and in June 2010 the PCT were awarded the chemist and druggist award for "Best Clinical Service" that also recognised the pharmacy contribution to vaccination and dry blood spot testing.

Kevin is a firm believer that pharmacy has a valuable role to play, working in collaboration with other partners to maximise the benefit of pharmacy interventions. In September 2011 he was recognised as the National Public Health Pharmacist of the Year.