Annika is a Radio Pharmacist Production Manager at Manchester University Foundation Trust , her main responsibility is to ensure that manufactured radioactive products are safe and effective for the diagnosis of patients.
Annika completed her A-levels which included two sciences, to enable her to progress on to university and achieve a Master of Pharmacy degree that took four years to complete. Annika completed a 12 month pre-registration training as part of her progression to register as a pharmacist, working under supervision of senior pharmacists. Once registered, Annika took up the post of managing a pharmacy within a private mental health hospital, continuing in her career progression by going on to study a 3 years Master’s degree in Clinical Pharmaceutical Science carrying out a Scientist Training Programme at CMFT taking further exams that has enabled her to now register as a Clinical Scientist which she is currently in the process of doing
Radioactive medicines are administered mainly by intravenous injection, so the environment in which they are prepared must be aseptic. Annika ensures the environment in which radiopharmaceuticals are prepared complies with legal requirements; radio pharmacy practice is tightly regulated so Annika must be up to date with mandatory legislation and aware of proper procedures. Radiation protection forms an integral part of the job as all radiopharmaceuticals are radioactive. Annika is also responsible for procurement, preparation, quality control and supply of radiopharmaceuticals. In addition to that she provides education and training to work colleagues. She has also been involved in research into the interaction between Caffeine and Adenosine in patients undergoing heart scans.
Being a key part of a multidisciplinary Nuclear Medicine Team and applying scientific knowledge, hands on practical work and managerial experience is very fulfilling. Radiopharmacy is a small specialty but intellectually and scientifically challenging. Annika feels the best part of her role is when her team regularly receives fantastic feedback from patients in regards to the treatment and support they have been given and knowing that she played a part in this.
Annika has recently taken up post in her current role and wants to spend the next couple of years understanding and applying the rules that govern radio pharmacy.
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