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Dr Graham Stretch - PCPA President

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. 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.

"It is a great honour to have been asked to take up the presidency of PCPA. As individual pharmacists and pharmacy technicians travel on their journeys from preregistration, through foundation towards advanced practice and consultancy, PCPA will provide local and national assistance, offer opportunities to build portfolios, provide training, offer meaningful resources and most of all, be a connected group of coal face practising professionals offering real time, friendly, virtual and face to face networks.

The PCPA is a unique peer to peer association of equals, we champion pharmacy practitioners and the expertise, safety and efficiency they add to any team. We are outward looking, research and evidence based, open and optimistic for our profession’s future.
We lift as we climb, facilitating and supporting members to upskill and thrive, providing an environment that celebrates innovation whilst embracing a sharing culture, generous with its time and expertise, so we all collectively benefit from our most precious resource – our members. I look forward to sharing the next few years with these members and growing together."

Helen Kilminster - National and Regional Vice President - West Midlands

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.


Sue Alldred - Regional Vice President - North East

Senior Practice Pharmacist


Sue has worked as senior practice pharmacist at Colton Mill Medical Centre in Leeds since 2015. She is also Head of Clinical Pharmacy for South and East Leeds GP Group where she supports and employs clinical pharmacists and technicians on behalf of their member practices and PCNs. She is a HEE GP pharmacy ambassador for Yorkshire and leads the successful Leeds GP pharmacy network. She qualified from Nottingham University in 1996 and initially worked in hospital pharmacy, specialising in rheumatology, care of the elderly, neurology and education and training. In 2013 she became Care Homes pharmacist for Leeds South and East CCG, followed by medicines optimisation team leader and subsequently acting head of medicines optimisation. Sue completed a diploma in clinical pharmacy in 2000 at the University of Bradford and became a non-medical prescriber in 2011 initially specialising in neurology. She is currently studying for a postgraduate certificate in clinical examination at the University of Leeds.


Gareth Malson - Regional Vice President - North West

Practice Pharmacist

Gareth has been a GP practice pharmacist on the Wirral since 2016 and is the author of the PCPA's Medicines Matters publication. He specialises in anticoagulation and cardiovascular condition management. He has also been seconded by NHS England, on a part time basis, for 12 months to help promote the employment of pharmacists within general practice across Cheshire and Merseyside.


Salmia Khan - Pharmacy Technicians Chair - National

Medicines Management Pharmacy Technician

Salmia has experience in community pharmacy, care homes, General Practice and commissioning.
As a GP Pharmacy Technician, Salmia trained as a phlebotomist, running INR monitoring clinics, assisting GPs and Nurses with care home and home visits, to administer Flu Vaccinations under a PSD.
Salmia has lead on projects to improve patient safety, improve governance as well as develop policies to help implement medicines management processes.


Shelly Mannion - Regional Pharmacy Technician - North East

Pharmacy Technician 

Shelley is a Pharmacy Technician with 15 years experience across Community Pharmacy, Primary Care, General Practice and Academia. Her interest in clinical pharmacy began in Primary Care, delivering medicines optimisation across general practice. This led Shelley to a team of healthcare providers, specialising in care homes. 
Whilst facilitating the use of medicines in care homes, Shelley completed her Clinical Diploma. This inspired her to be a part of Pharmacy Technician learning and education. She currently holds a post in mentoring and educating pharmacy professionals nationally. 
Shelley’s vision for the future is to influence the learning opportunities available to Pharmacy Technicians, ensuring training and education is appropriate to individual service requirements.


Reg Rehal - Regional Vice President - East England

 


Maria Gilbert - Regional Ambassador - East Midlands

 


Ankish Patel - Regional Ambassador - West Midlands

 


Nipa Patel - Regional Ambassador - London North

GP practice pharmacist

Nipa Patel is a GP practice pharmacist for Brentworth PCN and Argyle Health Group with past experience across community pharmacy and medicines management.
She is an Independent prescriber and runs clinics for respiratory, anticoagulation, osteoporosis, heart failure & hypertension. Nipa has presented at Clinical Pharmacy Congress and Pharmacy Show. Nipa supports the respiratory education programmes for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at postgraduate levels. Currently pursuing her ACP qualification. 


Laura Buckley - Regional Ambassador - North East

Primary Care Network Pharmacist

Laura is a Primary Care Network Pharmacist based in Hull, taking up the post in December 2019. She runs clinics for Structured Medication Reviews as part of her role and has more recently been involved with work for care homes patients. Laura continues to work as a locum in community pharmacy alongside her PCN work.

Before moving into GP practices, she worked as a community pharmacy manager and has a keen interest in progress for the pharmacy sector. She is part of cohort two studying on the Primary Care Pharmacy Education Pathway (CPPE) and spends a lot of her spare time freelance writing about key issues in healthcare and running her own blog about her experiences as a pharmacist. 


Robin Conibere - Regional Vice President - South

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.

He is an independent prescriber and also helps manage patients with long term conditions and Polypharmacy issues. Robin has a background in Community Pharmacy and is keen to integrate with all pharmacy sectors to improve patient care. Beacon Medical Group are a large Innovative Group of Practices who are looking to explore new ways of working in General Practice to provide better patient care and have recently been announced as a Primary Care Home Rapid Test Site.

Robin believes that, in the future, all practices will come to appreciate the benefits of pharmacists working as part of a multidisciplinary Primary Care team. He is an avid user of Social Media in Healthcare and his twitter handle is @PharmRJ.


Ziad Sulieman - Regional Vice President - South West

Practice Pharmacist

With a background of CCG, community pharmacy, intermediate care homes and general practice as a prescribing support pharmacist.

Ziad now oversees the management of hypertension and cardiovascular disease for the practice, takes a lead role in MDT PCN-wide training events and oversees the efficiency, safety and quality of the repeat prescription processes for the practice. Where he works full time as a pharmacist practitioner IP


Helen Belben - Regional Pharmacy Technician - South West

BSc (Hons), RegPharmTech, MAPharmT, MAPCPharm,

Helen is the Lead Medicines Management Technician for a group of GP practices in South Somerset.
Previously employed as the Medicines Optimisation Lead at the South West Academic Health Science Network, she supported pharmacy colleagues across several Acute Trusts, LPCs and CCGs.
Helen brings valuable experience of previous GP Practice roles and of self-employment with Somerset CCG Medicines Management team.
She obtained a BSc (Hons) with the Open University which includes an FdSc in Medicines Management from Portsmouth University.
Before this, she spent many happy years in community pharmacy, beginning as a counter assistant in 1983, qualifying as a Pharmacy Technician in 1990 and attaining ACT in 2006. 


Kerry Finlay - Home Nations Vice President Lead - Northern Ireland

Practice Pharmacist

I attended 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.
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 have been instrumental with 4 colleagues in establishing the NI Practice Pharmacists group, allowing us share experience, best practice & discuss the roles going forward.


Kate Spittle - Home Nations Vice President Lead - Wales

Kate has worked in primary care since 2001 following experience in the pharmaceutical industry, community pharmacy and Cardiff university as a teacher practitioner. She qualified as a supplementary prescriber in 2004, completed the RCGP certificate in substance misuse in 2005 and became an independent prescriber in 2008. She completed the Diploma in Therapeutics at the medical school in Cardiff in 2014, winning the prize for the top academic performance.

Her role in primary care includes managing a small team of pharmacists and medicines management technicians to encourage and support good evidence based prescribing and to include the key lifestyle issues that impact on patient health and care. She is the primary care prescribing lead on diabetes and is involved in the development of guidelines for respiratory and pain therapeutics.

She is directly employed by two GP surgeries, and as a practice based pharmacist undertakes medication reviews, shared care prescribing and deals with medication queries on a wide variety of topics. Her current focus is the management of co-morbidities and the challenges that this brings for patients and healthcare professionals!

Kate is the acting director of the Diploma in Pharmacy Clinical Practice at Cardiff University and is module leader for the primary care module of the Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy. She has recently developed and led on an advanced practice module for primary care pharmacists to support the new cluster / neighborhood roles in Wales. 


Lelly Oboh - Specialist Pharmacy Chair and SPS Lead

Consultant Pharmacist (care of older people)

Lelly Oboh is a Consultant Pharmacist (care of older people) with over 20 years of experience in community settings within and outside the NHS. She has considerable experience working within general practice and integrated care teams to optimise medicines use as part of routine patient care
Her leadership role involves championing innovative pharmacy service developments, showcasing and driving uptake at local and national levels. She actively promotes best practice through facilitating effective partnerships between the NHS, Social care, statutory and professional bodies using a whole systems approach to drive change and equip wider workforce to deliver medicines optimisation. She is keen to develop extended roles for pharmacists within integrated care teams for frail older people in community and care home settings and has pioneered a model of “community clinical pharmacy teams”, which has been replicated by other NHS organisations. These models focus on active engagement with older people (carers), developing personalised solutions to improve adherence, better care co-ordination at handover points and improving medicines use in social care settings.


Dr Phillip Newland Jones - Diabetes Specialist Pharmacy Lead

Consultant Pharmacist

Dr Philip Newland-Jones is the lead pharmacist for NHS England Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinical Reference Group, a member of the Diabetes UK professional council. He also sits on the Diabetes Parliamentary Think Tank. He is an editorial board member of ‘Diabetes in Primary Care’ and is a specialist advisor to the CQC for diabetes in secondary and intermediate care services. He was awarded the National Leadership in Pharmacy award by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2015.


Dr Anna Murphy - Respiratory Specialist Pharmacy Lead

Consultant Respiratory Pharmacist, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Anna Murphy is a consultant respiratory pharmacist at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and honarary visiting professor at DeMontfort University. The clinical aspect of her post offers assessment, medicines optimisation, monitoring and advice to people with respiratory disease, working both in hospital and primary care.


Helen Williams - Cardiovascular Specialist Pharmacy Lead

As Consultant Pharmacist for CVD Disease, Helen is involved in a wide range of activities across South London to improve the care of patients with or at risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).  Helen chairs the local cardiovascular medicines working group which develops and supports the implementation of consensus evidence-based guidance for use across South London’s 12 clinical commissioning groups and 7 acute trusts, covering a population of 3.6million. 

Currently, there is a strong focus on medicines optimisation for long terms conditions such as heart failure, hypertension and atrial fibrillation with the aim of reducing the burden of acute hospital admissions and she has been involved in supporting primary care practitioners through guideline implementation, clinical audit and provision of pharmacist-led virtual clinics.  A key focus over recent years has been to increase the proportion of patients with AF who are anticoagulated to reduce the incidence of AF-related stroke and Helen is now focusing on the rollout of mobile ECG devices to improve the detection of AF.  Helen is the clinical lead for CVD within two South London CCGs, Clinical Director for AF in the local Health Innovation Network, National Clinical Adviser to the collaborative AF programme of the 15 Academic Health Science Networks across England and also co-chair of the Pan-London stroke prevention in Atrial Fibrillation strategy group. In addition, Helen is an editorial board member for the British Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of Medicines Optimisation, has worked with NICE on the development of a number of cardiovascular guidelines and is a member of the NHS England Primary Care Cardiovascular Leadership Forum and the London Cardiovascular and Stroke Strategic Clinical Leadership Groups. 


Ade Williams - Oncology Specialist Pharmacy & Community Pharmacy Integration Lead

 


Brendon Jaing - RPS Lead

Brendon is a New Zealand trained and qualified pharmacist who registered in the UK in 2006. Before becoming a GP pharmacist, he worked in the community sector as a locum, store based pharmacist, store manager, area pharmacy manager and pharmacy superintendent.

Brendon has a number of roles across Somerset. He is a Phase 1 GPPTP practice pharmacist employed by the CLICK Federation. He provides patient facing clinics in 5 practices focusing on multi-morbidity, poly-pharmacy and de-prescribing. He also runs a domiciliary medication review service for a population of 50,000 patients. He continues to practice community pharmacy on weekends at Boots Wellington Medical Centre Pharmacy. In addition, he is the NICE Medicines and Prescribing Associate for Somerset and a member of the South West Local Professional Network.


Wasim Baqir - NHS England Lead

Dr Wasim Baqir is currently on secondment to NHS England to lead the care homes medicines optimisation scheme.
He was the lead pharmacist for the Northumberland PACS Vanguard where he led an integrated team of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, working collaboratively with doctors, nurses, social care and other professionals to develop and test services for patients across Northumberland.
Before this, he was the R&D and quality improvement pharmacist, leading on several projects including the Shine project; optimising medicines in care homes.
He has a passion for quality improvement and sits on the Trust Quality Laboratory and recently was successful in joining the Health Foundation’s Generation Q Network. Nationally, he is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Innovators’ Forum and the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists’ National Professional Committee


Nick Bevan - CCG and PAG Lead

Nick has had a long career in the NHS. A Pharmacy graduate of Kings College London in 1986, achieving an MSc in Pharmacy Practice in 1998 and awarded a Fellowship of the Faculty of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2015 and became a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2016. He worked as a hospital pharmacist between 1986 and 1999 working in several London hospitals and Kingston & Richmond Health Authority before moving to a Primary Care Group in Wandsworth in 2001. He was a GP Prescribing Advisor for 9 GP Practices and subsequently became the Chief Pharmacist in Wandsworth PCT/CCG in 2005 which covers 40 GP Practices serving a population of over 408,000 patients.
He enjoys continuing to work locally with GPs and hospital colleagues and in his role as Chair of the national Pharmaceutical Advisers Group (PAG) that gives him the opportunity to work with primary care colleagues across the country including links to the Department of Health, NHS England and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society helping to shape the future of pharmacy and improve patient care.


Babir Malik - PCPA PreReg Pharmacist National Lead

Babir Malik is an author, Weldricks Teacher Practitioner, at the University of Bradford, Green Light Northern Pre-registration Lead, Charity Ambassador for Pharmacist Support, and is also OTC Lead for the RPS Pre-registration Conferences. 

Babir currently practices in Weldricks Pharmacy, Scunthorpe. In June 2016, his pharmacy was awarded the Chemist and Druggist Medicines Optimisation Award for their innovative LPS Intervention Service. As a Teacher Practitioner, his role includes being Respiratory Lead for the Clinical Pharmacy Community Diploma. Furthermore, Babir undertook a 10 week secondment as a Clinical Commissioning Group Pharmacist early in 2016 in North Lincolnshire.


Helen Whiteside - Regional Ambassador - North West

Medicines Optimisation Pharmacist

Helen is an experienced pharmacist and independent prescriber whose passions are care of the older people, safe and effective medicines systems to deliver medicines and patient safety; and management of polypharmacy through medicines optimisation and Deprescribing.

She collaborates with other key national leaders to advocate for pharmacists as medicines experts to be considered fundamental members of multidisciplinary teams and to realise the vision of clinical pharmacists based in the community and care homes delivering direct patient care.

She is currently employed by NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group as a Medicines Optimisation Pharmacist where she uses her expert clinical practice in 7 GP practices to provide these reviews for people living in care homes and those who are not but are identified as at risk from polypharmacy


Luvjit Kandula - National Community Pharmacy Integration lead

Chief Officer

Luvjit currently works as the Chief Officer of Leicestershire and Rutland Local Pharmaceutical Committee. Her role involves advancing community pharmacy in the local NHS whilst representing Community Pharmacists interests.

Luvjit has extensive experience working as a Community Pharmacist also having worked in hospital pharmacy and industry both in the UK and abroad. Previous roles include Head of Pharmacy Services and Management of the Pre-registration Programme and Chairing Warwickshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee.


 

Kate Edwards - Regional Ambassador - North West