Steve Simbler

Steve Simbler

Steve was a member of the Pharmacy Planning Group for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, planning and implementing pharmacy services across all venues, and worked in the Polyclinic Pharmacy in the Athletes Village, and the Olympic Park throughout the period of The Games.

Steve qualified as a pharmacist at Chelsea College, University of London, in 1975, and after preregistration with a retail pharmacy group, and a year at Glaxo in formulation, he bought his own pharmacy in Hampstead Garden Suburb, and sold it 15 years later.

In March 1996 he set up Premier Sports Medicals, a company supplying pharmaceuticals, sports  physiotherapy and rehabilitation products to the professional and amateur sports market, and sold the company in October 2007.

His time as owner of Premier Sports Medicals gave him the opportunity to forge close relationships with doctors and therapists at the highest level, in the England football, rugby and cricket teams as well as top sports doctors in the professional leagues of football, rugby, athletics and many more sports. These ongoing relationships have given him a deep understanding of the pharmaceutical and practical medical needs of sports doctors, physiotherapists, other medical staff, and those running the clubs and organisations.

In February 2010 he set up MedsOnTrack, which provides consultancy to doctors and physiotherapists in sports teams and organisations, developing policies for medicines management in sport, as well as a software solution for tracking and audit of medicines in sport, medicines stock control and sports injury management.

In April 2009 Steve was asked to become a member of the Pharmacy Clinical Services Group for the London 2012 Olympics, planning and implementing pharmacy services for LOCOG (London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games) across all competition, and training venues and IOC/IPC Hotels. He worked in the Polyclinic Pharmacy in the Athletes Village from the initial setup period, through the Olympics and Paralympics, to the close down of the Polyclinic itself.

Steve’s particular responsibilities were developing venue drug management procedures, and ensuring adequate medicines stocks in all Olympic venue medical rooms for athletes and spectators, as well as emergency drugs for field of play and crowd doctors. Steve says it was a privilege to be at the heart of the planning and implementation of pharmacy services at London 2012, and working with top multi-disciplinary medical teams at the Polyclinic and within Team GB.