The Practice Pharmacy Group (PPG) - is a specialist group set up by the Primary Care Pharmacy Association (PCPA) to promote the sharing of best practice and to enable networking and medical education in this expanding area of primary care pharmacy. This group is open to all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians interested in this sector. The group has an expert UK steering group of experienced GP practice pharmacists. Each member of the steering group represents a region and has a GP advocate to support them in their role.
Programme Clinical Lead, Primary Care Transformation Team at NHS England and Lead GP Practice Pharmacist. GP Practice Partner.
"Currently there is a workforce crisis within general practice. The RCGP and The BMA has stated its fears of an impending GP workforce crisis amid a backdrop of dwindling practice nursing staff and a changing and increasing population with complex healthcare needs needing to be cared for within the NHS ethos ‘no decision about me, without me’. There is now the realisation that in pharmacists, the NHS has workforce more than capable of filling the void.
It gives me great pleasure and honour to be Chair of the Practice Pharmacist Group for the Primary Care Pharmacist Association (PCPA). This group has been created to help and support GPs and Practice Pharmacists across the nation. We hope to develop a number of resources, guidance's, documents and workshops to support you throughout your journey into general practice"
Ravi is the Clinical Lead pharmacist at NHS England for the pharmacists in general practice programmes, while holding several other honorary and advisory positions.
Ravi obtained his Masters in Pharmacy in 2011 and became a registered pharmacist in the UK in 2012. Since then, one of his key roles has been focussed on the development of ‘pharmacist-led clinics’ in general practice and integrating innovative pharmacy services across primary/secondary care. He has been responsible for developing pre-registration, junior and senior pharmacist roles within general practice and linking this work into local and national pharmacy workforce development strategies.
He has published several articles in reputable journals and is involved in several research projects around the impact of clinical pharmacy within primary care. Ravi is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society innovators forum and is spokesperson for the RPS. Ravi continues to work as a senior pharmacist prescriber in a GP practice one day a week in North London. More recently, he has been appointed to the council at The Royal Society of Medicine and is currently undertaking a Masters in Genomic Medicine at Imperial College London.
Ravi is passionate about the profession and improving patient care
Pharmacist & Managing Partner GP surgery, Associate Director NHS Greenwich CCG
Rena combines two key roles within her current portfolio. In her management role as an Associate Director (NHS Greenwich CCG), she leads on commissioning for medicines, pathway re- designs for LTC, and for the financial monitoring of medicines optimisation budgets.
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.
GP Pharmacist, Worcestershire
Helen is a GP Pharmacist based in Malvern, South Worcestershire under the NHSE pilot scheme. Previously working as a GP Federation pharmacist for SW Healthcare as a supporting lead pharmacist for all 32 practices in South Worcestershire CCG. Helen has experiences in both hospital and community pharmacy also. Attained Postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy Diploma at Keele University in 2007. Independent Prescriber with specialist interest in palliative care and cancer care services. Currently undertaking a MSc. in Advance Clinical Practice at Worcester University.
"Pharmacists are unique healthcare professionals. Austerity pushes all elements of the NHS to its limits and forces us to think differently. Pharmacists need to embrace the change and move forward positively, confidently and proactively. Our attitudes affects leadership. Excellent patient care is multidimensional and we, as a profession, cannot afford to fail our patients."
Sadia holds three main roles in her portfolio covering a wide aspect of pharmacy. She currently holds positions in primary care in a GP practice, academia and community pharmacy.
As a lecturer at the University of Manchester, Sadia is involved in teaching undergraduates in Pharmacy Practice, as well as implementing a pilot of an innovative inter-professional scheme taking 4th year undergraduates to shadow her in her role as a practice pharmacist; this enables students to get an insight into a growing area of pharmacists working in a primary care setting.
Working as a community pharmacist for Well, Sadia is working as a Domiciliary Review Pharmacist as part of the Healthier Radcliffe scheme. This novel service utilises the skills of a pharmacist working in a collaborative partnership with GPs and social care providers for monitoring housebound and elderly patients.
As a non-patient facing pharmacist in a GP practice, Sadia uses her skills to process hospital discharges, handle prescription requests, complete medication reviews, consider medicines optimisation, resolve medication queries and much more.
Currently, Sadia is undertaking the Non-Medical Prescribing course at the University of Manchester and is looking forward to applying the new skills gained in the future.
GP clinical Pharmacist, Arthur Medical Centre. MPP Associate, NICE
Practice Clinical Pharmacist, Beacon Medical Group, Plymouth
Robin Conibere is a Practice Pharmacist at Beacon Medical Goup, a large Group Practice in Plymouth and Devon. He has worked for the practice for 18 months and conducts clinics as part of the Urgent Care Team (with a GP, a Advanced Paramedic Practitioner and a Nurse Practitioner) to help manage "on the day workload" for the Group.
Lead precribing advisor-Localities, primary care, Cwn Taf LHB, University of Cardiff
Clinical Practice Pharmacist, Belfast
After spending what seemed like a lifetime as a 'saturday girl' in a pharmacy, being a pharmacist became my aspiration! Little did I know!
I was successful in gaining a place at University of Nottingham & qualified as a pharmacist in 2000, with a detour around Chicago on the way. I also hold a Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, Independent Prescribing & currently completing an asthma diploma.
Pre-reg & then a stint in various community pharmacies proved that community wasn't my area of interest. A break into secondary care initially in the dispensary led to one of the first emergency department clinical pharmacist posts in Northern Ireland. Family commitments led to a change of track in 2007 & with a heavy heart I left the ED.
Fortunately, my local GP practice had just advertised for a practice support pharmacist. At the time I saw it as something to do until the time was right to step back to a clinical role in secondary care. How wrong I was! Currently I provide support to 8 practices in various guises- including IP clinics & clinical pharmacist support. The GP clinical pharmacist role has evolved significantly over time. I continue to implement innovative ways of working to improve prescribing & hence quality of care for patients. I passionately believe that these roles have been a game changer for primary care & will be at the heart of every GP practice as we become more established.
The agreement for more consistent & greater funding in Northern Ireland is very welcome. I have been instrumental with 4 colleagues in establishing the NI Practice Pharmacists group, allowing us share experience, best practice & discuss the roles going forward.
NICE Medicines Education Regional Technical Adviser – South and Channel Islands & CPPE Clinical Mentor for Pharmacists in General Practice (new national pilot)
Zoe Girdis, originally from ‘Down under’, is a Clinical Pharmacist and Independent Prescriber who has 20 years’ experience working as a specialised senior pharmacist. Zoe has worked in 3 different countries as a Community Pharmacist and Clinical Specialist. Her current role is as NICE Regional Technical Adviser supporting NICE Associates 3 days a week and then 2 days a week she is employed by 2 surgeries - Kirkland’s and Drayton servicing a population of 26000 patients . Zoe has been in this role & independently employed by the practice since 2006 leading and running clinics as a Prescriber in Cardiovascular Disease, Multimorbidity/Polypharmacy and multidisciplinary care home reviews. She relishes this opportunity to provide shared decision making with patients in order to optimize patient outcomes. The practice role also includes education sessions for Clinical staff, Review of systems and processes (including Repeat Prescribing), QOF & CQUINS Clinical lead (where to alleviate pressures for clinicians and how to generate income from these opportunities).
Zoe teaches and consults on a variety of courses including those for non-medical prescribers and graduates at University of Southampton and University of Portsmouth as well as bespoke teaching for nurses, GPs and other allied health care professionals. She has clinically led Medicines Management Teams and supported, mentored and lead other medicines management colleagues in various guises. She is also a CPPE Clinical Mentor for GP Pharmacists Training Pathway Wave 1 Pilot.
NICE Medicines and Prescribing Associates work with local organisations and practitioners to support high quality, cost effective prescribing and use of medicines with a remit covering therapeutics, information mastery, shared decision-making, and the systems and processes involved in medicines optimisation.
Community Pharmacist independent prescriber. Prescribe both in the GP setting and also the community pharmacy. Johnathan has interests in common clinical conditions, polypharmacy and also respiratory medicine.
Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scottish Pharmacy Board member. Editor of the online Pharmacy magazine PharmacyinPractice.scot.