On 26 May 2022, Isobel Jane Bailey (née Channon), aged 64 years, of Horton Kirby, Kent. Ms Bailey registered with the Society in 1980.
Former colleagues will be saddened to hear that Isobel lost her battle with cancer in May 2022. She was an inspirational pharmacist who supported many pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the early stages of their careers.
The daughter of a community pharmacist, Isobel graduated from Aston University and undertook her preregistration training at Dudley Road Hospital, now Birmingham City Hospital. In 1983, after two years as a pharmacist at Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup, she moved to Orsett Hospital in Essex.
She held various posts with Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals until 2009, taking time out to have three children, but returning each time with renewed vigour and a determination to tackle the M25 Dartford Crossing on her daily commute.
Isobel developed pharmacy services to medicine for the older people’s wards, which led to her imparting her knowledge and skills in this area to junior pharmacists.
Later, as principal pharmacist for education and training, Isobel’s many roles included tutoring preregistration pharmacists, leading on the implementation of CPD, supporting diploma pharmacists and teaching student pharmacy technicians on the BTEC course at Chelmsford College.
Her willingness and enthusiasm to facilitate hospital pharmacy experience at Basildon Hospital for many pharmacy undergraduates from several schools of pharmacy created new opportunities. Her liaison with and subsequent move to the Medway School of Pharmacy in 2009 led to a greater role in organising work placements for MPharm students. She provided input to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and project managed a research project.
Isobel was persuaded to become programme lead for the Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice, where she worked closely with hospital education leads across the South East of England, including partners at Brighton University until her retirement in 2017.
Even after retirement, Isobel continued to support Medway School of Pharmacy students, acting as an expert patient in teaching sessions and sharing her own experiences to benefit their development.
Isobel was a woman of many talents. Every person who worked with Isobel has a personal tale of how she helped them in some way; she was always so encouraging and interested in everyone. Isobel was simply a delight to work with and will be remembered very fondly for her kindness and just being a truly lovely person to be around.
Our thoughts are with husband Martin, and children Nicholas, Justin and Charlotte.
Peter Croot, Geoff Sharman, Trudy Thomas