Pharmacy and Dementia Specialist Lead
Anne Child was appointed Pharmacy and Dementia Specialist Lead at The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Care Company in November 2016, to support the organisation’s objective to provide high quality dementia care in its 18 care homes across England and Wales.
Anne has been a qualified pharmacist for over 30 years and is passionate about her profession. She has worked as a Community Pharmacist, a Lead Pharmacist for Mental Health within a PCT, a Lead Pharmacist in a Nurse Lead intermediate community setting for older people and more recently in direct dementia care in Health and Social Care. She became interested in Sube Banerjee’s work on dementia and low dose antipsychotics and published a paper with colleagues in 2012 and since then she has been credited in several other papers.
Anne is also currently a SpA (Special Advisor) to CQC and continues to work with academic colleagues on new initiatives whenever she can.
In 2014, Anne was appointed a Member of the British Empire for services to dementia and in 2015 she became the programme guardian for care home medication and dementia modules with the College of Pharmacy Practice.
Anne holds post graduate certificates in care home medicine and prescribing in dementia and specialises in dementia and medication management, as well as clinical governance and risk management.
Anne is currently working on a number of dementia projects at RMBI Care Co. including how the charity can continue to best support residents, their families and staff now and in the years to come. Dementia care is a dynamic process and Anne believes it is vital to keep working with and listening to those who live with dementia, their loved ones and staff to help shape future environments.