The award was named in memory of Daniel Thomas, a Welsh pharmacist who was killed in 1917 while serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps during World War I.
Barnett, who was a consultant pharmacist for older people at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, died on 22 September 2023, aged 58 years.
Announcing the award at the RPS Annual Conference, held in London on 10 November 2023, Claire Anderson, president of the RPS, said that Barnett “was not just a pharmacist; she was a beacon of inspiration who dedicated herself to our profession”.
Anderson recognised Barnett for her mentoring of “countless pharmacists”, contribution to developing the RPS mentoring programme and work advocating for the formal recognition of consultant pharmacists in the UK.
“Her impact on our profession was so profound that her legacy rooted in inclusivity and compassion will forever guide us. Nina was a true role model and she will be truly missed, but her impact will endure through this profession which she loved,” Anderson said.
“To remember Nina, I am proud to announce that she will be the inaugural recipient of the new Daniel Thomas Award for individuals who sadly lost their lives while still at work. The Daniel Thomas Award celebrates dedicated service by individuals of the pharmacy profession,” Anderson continued.
Barnett’s husband, Andre Ingram, said: “I am honoured to accept the Daniel Thomas Award on behalf of my wonderful wife, Nina. She would have wanted me to thank everyone she worked with who enabled her to excel at a career she loved.”
The RPS has also created The Barnett Award award in Barnett’s name to recognise individuals who have dedicated their careers to supporting, mentoring and advancing others, and who have instilled a culture of professional development excellence within the profession.