Derek Evans, BSc (Hons), MRPharmS, IP

Derek is a pharmacist independent prescriber specialising in Travel Health. Having been involved in the supply of travel health to patients he was thrust into practice when being the only clinician on a long haul flight dealing with a passenger suffering from cardiac failure who had not sought any travel advice.

Derek has over over 20 years of retail practice with multinational groups and brings to the association a commercial focus with skills in business management and marketing. A senior manager position allowed him to establish the first network of pharmacist travel health clinics in a single company which addressed the challenge of writing and delivering an advanced training accreditation for the company pharmacists. Working in a large national company provided him with a large experience of dealing with corporate travellers to which he regularly advises.

As a founding member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society he was involved in establishing the Faculty that allows pharmacists to be accredited to advanced levels of practice by ongoing development and peer review.

He now has his own private consultancy and is interested in developing specialist training and accredited Travel Health qualifications for pharmacists with a vision on future research in developing the total holistic service. His focus is around the need to critically review and improve the consultation styles of practitioners when undertaking risk assessments for pretravel, this was the subject of his article in the Journal of the BGTHA.

As a keen traveller and a PADI qualified diver he is able enjoy the benefits of allowing him the opportunity to combine both work and hobby.