As this year's RoE Awards open for entries, TM gives you the inside scoop on putting together a winning entry, including the types of things our expert judging panel look out for

Each year here at TM HQ we're bowled over by the incredible level of entries from medicines counter assistants, dispensing assistants and pharmacy technicians from across the country. But what turns a good entry into an entry worthy of the final?

Include examples – the more the better!

Tell us about specific consultations you've been involved in and how you helped the customer rather than just focusing on your general responsibilities (you don't need to give us any names).

Former RoE finalist and current judge Richard Stephenson, says: “It’s important to include physical examples of what [you] do rather than being generalistic. Relating it back to an example is what I look for, as well as always looking for something out of the ordinary. New and novel ideas will always catch my eye.”

Think about when you've gone the extra mile

Often pharmacy staff have similar responsibilities and will face the same sort of queries on a day-to-day basis so think about what makes you stand out from the rest.

RoE judge Joanne Taylor says: “I am looking for those who have gone the extra mile for patients and so have really made a difference to their care and wellbeing.”

Former RoE Spotlight Award winner and current judge Leanne Beverley adds: “When judging the entries I tend to look out for those that have gone above and beyond their job title/role, those staff that raise the bar for other pharmacy staff and technicians in general.”

Don't just tell us, show us

If you're particularly proud of something you've done, whether that be a special display in the pharmacy or an event that was a real success, upload pictures to support your entry, after all, a picture is worth a thousand words!

Supporting information isn't mandatory but if you do want to submit some, please create a zip folder of them before uploading, otherwise our system might crash!

Read the criteria

Each category has entry criteria to help you focus your entry so make sure you read this and tailor your entry and examples to suit.

If you think your entry fits with more than one category then you can put in multiple entries and have a greater chance of being named a finalist!

And remember, entries close on 6 April so enter now – good luck!!

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