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PCPA Northern Ireland Symposium

February 29, 2024   Dunadry Hotel, 2 Islandreagh Drive, Dunadry, Antrim, County Antrim BT41 2HA   How To Get There

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Develop your clinical knowledge through interactive practical workshops and delivered by nationally renowned experts.

This event is FREE and open to all Pharmacy Professionals. Places are limited and priority given to PCPA members. 

For this event there is a £50 "No Show" fee, if you do not attend or cancel 48hrs prior to the event. Once your place has been confirmed, we will be contacting ALL confirmed registrants by phone to confirm attendance prior to the event.

This event will be sponsored by pharmaceutical companies through the purchase of Exhibition stands.

These companies have had no input into the design or content of the event agenda, except where a company has a separate company sponsored workshop. The following attending sponsors will have an exhibition stand at this event: A. Menarini, Abbott, Amgen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Glenmark & Pfizer.

Information at these stands is intended for UK Healthcare professionals only.


09.00 - 09.30    Registration: Meet, greet and network with colleagues from across your region

09.30 - 09.50    Regional Topical Discussion: Let's talk strategy

Chair: Michael Ogilby

Speakers: Scott Gill, Judith Gray & Clare Murray.

09.50 - 10.50    Workshop Session 1

10.50 - 11.20    Refreshment break and exhibition

11.20 - 12.20    Workshop Session 2

12.20 - 13.10    Lunch and exhibition

13.10 - 14.00    Workshop Session 3

14.05 - 14.25    Refreshment break and exhibition

14.25 - 15.20    Regional Masterclass: Sharing Best Practice and Useful Resources for your CPD

15.20 - 15.30    PCPA Country lead and committee to close the day

15.30    Close

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Workshop Sessions

Workshop 1 Sessions

Choice 1:

09.50 - 10.50

Improving engagement with patients experiencing symptoms of anxiety, trauma or depression (40 mins)

-       Supporting psychological awareness and emotional wellbeing

Speaker: Dr Deirdre McCabe CPsychol, Specialist Clinical Psychologist Plastic Surgery and Chronic Pain SET Ulster Hospital.


  • How to identify and engage with patients experiencing symptoms of anxiety, trauma or depression to improve outcomes.
  • Screening tools to identify and documentation of risk.
  • The biopsychosocial model and psychosocial flags.
  • Importance of emotional wellbeing for patient care and engagement

Case Based Discussions/Q&A (20 mins)

Workshop 2 Sessions

Choice 1:

11.20 - 12.20

Navigating the complexities of Chronic Pain in Primary Care. (40 mins)

Speakers: Scott Gill and Judith Gray


  • Identifying and differentiating between different types of pain (primary, secondary, neuropathic, nociceptive and nociplastic).
  • How to apply recent guidance and opioids place in therapy.
  • Migraine management.
  • Consultation skills and supporting patients living with pain

Case Based Discussions/Q&A 920 mins)

Workshop 3 Sessions

Choice 1:

13.10 - 14.00 Masterclass: Improving Cardiovascular and Renal outcomes in people with CKD and Type 2 Diabetes. Speaker: Dr Robert Mullan, Nephrologist County Antrim.

Key Takeaways:

  • CKD is strongly associated with cardiovascular disease and poorer outcomes in patients with diabetes mellitus
  • Albuminuria is a very important risk factor for CKD progression and cardiovascular disease
  • New drug therapies have been identified to reduce albuminuria and slow CKD progression

Sponsored by a hands off grant from Boehringer-Ingelheim. They have had no input into the session content or agenda.

Workshop 4 Sessions

Choice 1:

14.25 - 15.20 Regional Masterclass:

Regional Masterclass: Continuing personal development.

Speakers: Clare Murray, Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy & Michael Ogilby, Lead GP Pharmacist & Scott Gill, Lead GP Pharmacist

Key takeaways:

  • Sharing best practice and useful resources for your CPD
  • Enriching your portfolio
  • Research in General Practice Pharmacy- A practical Approach