Jonathan Burton has been presented with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Charter Award in recognition of his work for the Society and the wider pharmacy profession.
The Charter Award is presented by the RPS to an individual, in recognition of work done for the Society and the wider profession in promoting the interests of pharmacy at an outstanding level.
Burton was presented with the award by Claire Anderson, president of the RPS, during a meeting of Fellows and Members at the RPS Scotland headquarters in Edinburgh on 22 March 2023.
Burton — a Fellow of the Society and former vice chair, and later chair, of the RPS Scottish Pharmacy Board — is a community pharmacist within NHS Forth Valley and a founding partner of the Right Medicine Pharmacy group. He was one of the first community pharmacist prescribers in Scotland and was involved from an early stage in the development of NHS Pharmacy First Scotland.
In 2018, he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to healthcare.
In a statement published on 3 February 2023, when it was first announced that he was to receive the award, Burton said he was “delighted”.
“For me, being a pharmacist and helping the public is a privilege. I’ve been very fortunate to have amazing support from family and colleagues throughout my career and I feel this recognition of my contribution belongs as much to them as it does to me,” he said.
He also paid tribute to “the dedication and professionalism of all the pharmacy teams across Scotland, and those working in the various organisations that support them, who help deliver the Pharmacy First service to patients every day”.
“My involvement with RPS has always helped widen my professional perspective [and] supported my practice, and I will always consider my membership, supporting other members and the wider profession to be a lifelong commitment,” he added.
Claire Anderson, president of the RPS, said: “Jonathan has had a significant impact on the practice of pharmacy. He has run an innovative pharmacy in Stirling for many years. He was one of the first community pharmacy prescribers.
“It was a pleasure to work with him when we were both board chairs and I am delighted to be able to present him with this prestigious award.”