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Mrs Min Keating

Project Lead Community Learning, STEM Science Ambassador

Medway School of Pharmacy

 

Min registered as a pharmacist in 1963 and worked as a community pharmacist until 1967. This was followed by a career in hospital pharmacy which was interrupted while she qualified as a teacher of secondary science. She returned to hospital pharmacy in 1972 and progressed through a range of posts to West Kent Area Pharmacist before retiring from the NHS in 2002 as Chief Pharmacist for Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.

During her hospital career she was active in area and regional groups. She was secretary then chairman of Kent Area Pharmaceutical Committee, Kent Joint Pharmaceutical Committee and South East Thames Regional Pharmaceutical Committee. Her special interest in education led her becoming a member then chairman of South East Thames regional Education Working Party until an education pharmacist was appointed and a member of the Four Thames and Oxford Regions’Technician Training Working Group which developed a competency based technician training manual.

This interest in education continued on retirement  when, in 2003, she responded to a request to assist with the opening of the Medway School of Pharmacy and, as a volunteer, became the pharmacist member of the Strategic Planning Group. She was then invited to join the staff later in 2003 as a half time senior lecturer in pharmacy practice.

In preparation for the opening of the school she devised a work placement programme for years one to three working with a team from hospital and community utilising the relationships developed during her hospital career, supported the purchase of major equipment, planned teaching environments, the recruitment of students and attended schools’ careers events.

She has the continuing responsibility for teaching Aseptics, extemporaneous dispensing and also supports Year One Pharmacy Practice.

She has lead responsibility for Health and Safety in the school working with specialist Local Safety Officers to ensure a safe environment for staff and student compliant with current regulations.

She has recently been working with past students on the establishment of an alumni association and an inaugural event was held on graduation day this year.

When not in the university she has a wide range of interests, including being a reading helper in a local primary school, a garden guide for the National Trust where she has a particular interest in medicinal plants based on information gained during her eight years of part time horticultural studies at Hadlow College.

In 2014 she was invited to become a STEM Science Ambassador for Medway and Kent and she was  nominated as ambassador of the year in September 2015 and received a commendation for her excellent work with young people from STEMNET. Her work with students from Years Seven to Twelve enables her to pass on to students of all abilities her enthusiasm for science and its place in today’s world.

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