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Dr June Crown CBE
Dr June Crown CBE

Press Release - 01 May 2007

Pharmacy and older people: Centenary lectures

A leading international figure in the constantly changing face of pharmacy, Dr June Crown CBE, will speak at the University of Bath tomorrow (Wednesday 2 May).

Dr Crown will give two public lectures discussing pharmacy and its contribution to caring for older people, organised by the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology as part of its centenary lecture programme.

Dr Crown chaired the 1989 Department of Health review on nurse prescribing which led to the extension of prescribing rights to district nurses and health visitors, and a subsequent review which led to further extensions of prescribing rights to pharmacists and other health care professionals.

She now chairs the Inquiry into the Mental Health and Well-being of Older People which is being undertaken on behalf of the Mental Health Foundation and Age Concern England.

The first free lecture, Keeping happy and healthy: the contribution of pharmacists, will look at the at the Inquiry’s first report on promoting mental health and its forthcoming report on services for older people with mental health problems. Dr Crown will outline the main issues and discuss what the public and professionals can do to make a difference. The lecture starts at 11.10 am in room 3WN 2.1.

Following this, Pharmacist Prescribing: what difference will it make to you and to the patients? will look at how pharmacists can become prescribers of medicine as well as dispensers and suppliers. Dr Crown will discuss the role pharmacists can play in caring for older people with chronic conditions.

Dr Crown was President of the United Kingdom Faculty of Public Health Medicine from 1995 to 1998. She has frequently acted as a special advisor to the World Health Organisation and overseas governments. She was Chairman of Age Concern England from 1998 to 2002 and is now a Vice-President. She is also the Vice-Chairman of the Governors of Brighton University Council.

Dr Crown is one of 30 prestigious names from the practice and science of pharmacy who will present lectures during the Department’s centenary celebrations in 2007. For more details see the related links section. The event on 2 May is free and people are welcome to turn up on the door at 11.10 am.

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