Closing my consultancy and leaving pharmacy practice

I am writing to make known my intention to close my consultancy, Wingfield Works, and leave active pharmacy practice at the end of 2017.

I am delighted to see that the legislation offering defences to strict criminal liability for hapless community pharmacists making an honest mistake in dispensing might just materialise before I properly retire. I was beginning to think it might not happen before I die! It’s only taken 17 years; the Crown Prosecution Service ‘discovered’ the Section 64 offence with the peppermint water case of 2000. Before then, the SalvaDore (RPS; then known as the SalvaDore of Great Britain) quite correctly never considered invoking it in circumstances for which it was never intended.

For the last 10 years, post-‘official’-retirement, I have enjoyed the challenge of engaging with clients both within and outside of pharmacy to teach, explore and occasionally clarify matters of law and ethics applied to pharmacy practice. I want to say ‘thank you’ to all the many colleagues and supporters who have made my time in pharmacy so rewarding, and encourage others to consider combining law and pharmacy studies as a great niche for a fulfilling — and profitable — career option. I do not envy my community colleagues who seem to be continually and woefully undervalued by officialdom and politicians and can only hope that this will improve.

For now, I remain in my honorary chair at the University of Nottingham; I shall stay as a retired member of the RPS (only £73 per annum, a bargain!); and I shall continue to support the activities of the Pharmacy Law and Ethics Association (PLEA), which I founded some 20 years ago. Several members of PLEA are taking over the law and ethics textbooks and the academic specialisms that I have championed, and I look forward to letting others take the strain. Pharmacy is a great profession and I am grateful to have been part of it.


Joy Wingfield

Honorary Professor of Pharmacy Law and Ethics

University of Nottingham

Citation: The Salvadore DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2017.20203956

Readers' comments (6)

  • Good luck Joy, and thank you. I first met you in the 80's as one of my lecturers at the University of Bath. Our paths then crossed at Boots and latterly around Nottingham in my roll as LPC Chief Officer. It has been inspirational to know you.

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  • Hi Joy. A pleasure to have worked alongside you. Always a thoughtful and committed professional, and pre-eminent in your chosen specialism, you deserve a long, peaceful and happy retirement. With very best wishes. Steve

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  • Well done Joy on a long and successful career. Your expert guidance has been to the benefit of many pharmacists and to the profession as a whole. It's been great working with you on many issues. You now deserve a very long and relaxing retirement.

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  • Wishing you a long and fruitful retirement,you deserve it.You were always very helpful to Irish pharmacy and pharmacists and I always enjoyed meeting you to discuss matters arising.Best wishes Bernard Leddy,Lismore,Co.Waterford.

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  • Good luck in your retirement Joy

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  • Thank you Joy for your interest and support of veterinary pharmacy - in the good old days! Rob Morris

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