Jo Tizard

Jo TizardMedicines Liaison Manager (3 days)

My role

My role, along with my job share partner, Lindsay Steel, is to lead and develop the extended roles of pharmacy technicians. I manage a team of 14 technicians who provide medicines management services at ward level, including supporting medicines reconciliation, utilising patients own drugs (PODs) and facilitating discharge at ward level.


Developing the role of the ward-based technician over the past 10 years. Implementing the POD scheme meant having to manage changes in the way pharmacy services were delivered at ward level, which at times was extremely challenging. Twelve years on it forms an integral part of ward pharmacy services.

I sit on the course and exam board for our regional training organisation, advising on course content and pass rate for the technician medicines management schemes. I sat on the development group for the medicines management foundation degree, which I also completed in 2007 as part of the first cohort as students. I recently published an audit around technicians taking drug histories.

Future aspirations

Our aim is to place Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust at the forefront when it comes to developing pharmacy technician roles. To utilise the skills and knowledge of pharmacy technicians to enhance clinical pharmacy services. In order to achieve this we need to be innovative and creative and to design and deliver robust, relevant post qualification education and training for technicians.

Outside interests

My life did consist of late nights and fine wine but since the arrival of my son just over a year ago I’ve settled into a life of early nights and copious amounts of tea.

We enjoy trips to the zoo and the park and when I get the chance I love to read.