The Care Homes Group has been set up to support all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with an interest in this area of practice. The group is run by an expert national steering committee.
This group will:
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Award winning Senior Practice Pharmacist and director of Pharmacy Care Solutions
Graham trained as a pharmacist at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, qualifying in 1993. He next worked at Liverpool School of Medicine on the pharmacokinetics of mesalazine in ulcerative colitis. His PhD (1997) at the Pharmacy and Medical Schools in Manchester, jointly with Glaxo, examined absorption of cardiac and anti-viral drugs. His Post-Doctoral research/teaching fellowship focused on the pharmacokinetics of HIV, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine drugs and antioxidants in olive oil at the School of Pharmacy, Adelaide, Australia.
Returning to the UK in 2000, Graham returned to primary care practice in Ealing, London where he developed a special interest in Elderly Care. Working jointly with general practitioners he developed integrated working to improve care in Nursing Homes and undertook consultancy work on behalf of Ealing CCG.
In 2010 Graham became a General Practice Pharmacist and is now the director and prescribing lead of a pharmacy team supporting seven GP practices and 23 nursing homes in Ealing. Graham has overarching responsibility for safe prescribing for more than 60,000 NHS patients and 1,200 nursing home patients. Graham is also prescribing lead of a leading internet pharmacy. In the last year this team has been recognised with a number of awards from the BMJ, PCPA, RPS and RCGP.
Graham worked with 17 practices and the GP Federation in Ealing, coordinating a successful bid for the NHS England Clinical Pharmacist pilot. Having been appointed as the Senior Pharmacist for the pilot site, Graham looks forward to playing a part in establishing a sustainable evidence base for the whole pharmacy team as an integral part of general practice.
Prescribing Supoort Pharmacist
"I am very excited to be CQC Lead for the Care Homes Group and Secretary of the Primary Care Pharmacy Association (PCPA). I have been involved working with care homes in various roles for many years. Currently I provide medicines management support to care homes and domiciliary agencies in Blackpool working with the Council and I am also a Specialist Advisor for Care Quality Commission.
Prescribing Support Pharmacist
Minesh is Prescribing Advisor at the Pharmaceutical Public Health Team, Dudley Metropolitan CCG. His experience ranges across community pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry and currently in primary care. Minesh has lead on various strategic primary care projects aimed at improving medicines adherence, reducing medicines waste, and providing educational programs for a range of healthcare professionals. He is currently locally leading on an antimicrobial stewardship program and has experience of managing core medicines optimisation QIPP programs. Minesh is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Pharmacy at the University of Birmingham for which he has a key research interest in medicines adherence in older people. He also has an active role in the steering group for the RPS Birmingham and Solihull LPF as professional development lead and is a member of the RPS Innovators Forum.
“My vision is to ensure that Primary Care Pharmacists have a key core role and responsibility in the commissioning and design of services for long term conditions as part of the wider medicines optimisation agenda.”
Senior Care Homes & Practice Pharmacist
Consultant Pharmacist Community Healthcare
Tim initially worked in Singleton Hospital, Swansea, as a specialist elderly care pharmacist and undertaking his diploma in clinical pharmacy. In 2007 Tim left Singleton to take up post as Prescribing Advisor in Carmarthenshire Local Health Board working in primary care, this post allowed Tim to undertake his Independent prescribing qualification and set up a clinic to reduce prescribing of Hypnotics and Anxiolytics. Tim was also involved in and led pieces of work including pharmacy support to care homes, development of community pharmacy services, polypharmacy review and domiciliary medicines administration policies.
Tim took up the post of Consultant Pharmacist in September 2014 and was one of the first Consultant Pharmacists appointed in Wales. His main areas of responsibility include providing leadership on issues relating to the practice of continuing care pharmacy services across Wales, including care homes, and responsibility for leading future development and co-ordination of NHS managed continuing care pharmacy services in line with the Welsh Government. This role requires working relationships with the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer of Wales, Welsh Government, the All Wales Chief Pharmacists Committee and other consultant pharmacists across the UK. Further responsibilities include development of a clinical network of pharmacists working in continuing health care, development of guidelines to promote best clinical practice and ensuring new and existing services are provided to the highest standards with appropriate governance frameworks. Tim also has responsibility to develop links with academic organisations and increase pharmacy related research and publications in community healthcare.
Sally Mayell is Head of Pharmacy at Livewell Southwest CIC delivering services across community and primary care.
She has an extensive background in hospital pharmacy specialising in healthcare of the elderly. Her commitment to developing local innovations to improve patient outcomes includes the delivery of an enhanced care home model.