CQC Medicines Inspector, Care Quality Commission
Candy started her pharmacy career working fulltime in a community pharmacy and attending college one day a week to complete a BTEC. She stayed in community pharmacy for just over 5 years before moving into hospital pharmacy and then into what was the Primary Care Trusts, supporting GPs. In 2008 she moved to another Community Trust joining their newly setup Care Home Medicines Management Team. We completed audits in care homes often responding to medicine related concerns, completed medication reviews and supported the Trust’s Community Matrons and other health professionals. Whilst in this role she became involved in developing and delivering training packages for care home staff and the Trust’s medicines management training for staff, including bespoke packages for particular teams and roles. She also completed a Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Sector qualification. She really enjoyed the role; working to improve medicines optimisation in care homes and felt she made a real difference to people. In 2016 she joined the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as a Registration Inspector, assessing applications for registration, under the Health and Social Care Act 2008, from providers and managers. She enjoyed the role, but did miss medicines management. After completing a 12 month secondment in the CQC Medicines Optimisation Team in 2019, she moved back to the team permanently in 2022.
16-Oct-2023Pharmacy Technician TheatreThe role of the CQC medicines inspector and how you can support care homes to improve