Lelly is a passionate Consultant Pharmacist with over 25 years' experience providing care and championing innovative service developments to optimise medicine use for older people with long term conditions.
She came to the UK in the late 80s after she finished her pharmacy degree. As an overseas qualified pharmacist, she had to do the conversion exam. In 1993 she registered as a UK pharmacist and first worked in a community hospital, similar to a care home. Most of the patients had complex disabilities such as brain injury and lived in the hospital as they needed round the clock clinical care. It was while working in the pharmacy team there that she became interested in ‘long-term conditions', which at the time was not well-known. As such she completed her Clinical Pharmacy certificate and then moved on to community pharmacy. She decided to study for a clinical pharmacy diploma and started a new job as a prescribing adviser for a Primary Care Group.