PCPA Executive Committee

Liz Butterfield, PCPA President

Liz Butterfield

Pharmacist Consultant

Liz has extensive experience as a primary care pharmacist and hospital pharmacist in senior and consultancy positions. Liz is qualified as an independent prescriber and encourages PCPA members in the development of this role. Liz is an elected member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board and was the EPB Board Lead for Medicines Optimisation. She represents the RPS as a member of the National NHS England/ABPI Steering group for Medicines Optimisation. Liz was awarded Fellowship of the RPS in 2014 for services to the profession of pharmacy. Liz is raising the profile of members of the PCPA by lobbying with other professional and patient groups to highlight the unique contribution that primary care pharmacists can make to better outcomes from medicines by working along side GP and nurse clinical pharmacist colleagues.

Liz is currently managing a care home medication review service in Brighton and Hove for 1,250 elderly residents with a focus on reducing problematic polypharmacy and improving outcomes. Liz is also Project Lead for a Polypharmacy Project across Kent Surrey and Sussex for the Academic Health Science Network, working closely with NHS Specialist Pharmacy Services.

“I see an essential role for the PCPA as promoting the benefits of Pharmacists as leaders of Medicines Optimisation to commissioners of health and social care and to contribute their professional expertise to improve appropriate and safe use of medicines. Increasingly this will involve working in collaboration with other Pharmacy organisations to promote comprehensive person-centered pharmaceutical care throughout the patient pathway, including medication review and medicines adherence. The PCPA has recently launched several key specialist groups, the largest of which is the Practice Pharmacists’ Groups (PPG). We hope that these groups will develop as essential national networks for our members. We are planning to build upon the success of our June members conference and will work with our partners to ensure that all our members see these events as a must attend day in their busy calendars.
I am delighted to take over as Chair of the PCPA at an exciting and pivotal time for Primary Care Pharmacists and grateful to Helen Liddell and Duncan Petty for their previous excellent work as Chairs. The PCPA Committee is fortunate to have experienced and talented Primary Care Pharmacists from across the country who jointly plan events and resources.”

Ravi Sharma, Vice President 


Programme Clinical Lead, Primary Care Transformation Team at NHS England and Lead Practice Pharmacist

“It is an honour to be appointed as Vice Chair of the PCPA. I am looking forward to proliferating pharmacy within primary care and beyond to help pharmacy teams excel and deliver the best form of care to the public. The 5YFV sets out the vision for the NHS within the next 5 years and beyond. The document mentions pharmacy team being involved in the delivery of collaborative new models of care.
I am passionate about collaborative, inter-professional and integrated healthcare delivery. I feel that pharmacy is a key element to all aspects of healthcare and yet is still one of the most under-utilised professions within the current NHS. In this role I hope to promote and support pharmacy teams in all the good that I know we do on a day to day basis.”

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 the Clinical Lead Pharmacist for the NHS England while holding several honouree and advisory positions. His key role has been focussed on the development of integrated/collaborative and innovative roles for pharmacists.

He has been responsible for developing new roles of pre-registration, junior and senior pharmacist roles and linking this work into local and national 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 continues to work as a clinician in a GP practice on a weekly basis. More recently, he has been sponsored by the NHS to undertake a Masters in Genomic Medicines at Imperial College London.

Lelly Oboh – Clinical Specialist Group Chair

Lelly Oboh, Consultant Pharmacist (care of older people)

Lelly Oboh is a Consultant Pharmacist (care of older people) with over 20 years 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. 

She is a well sought after inspiring speaker and teaches a range of health and social care practitioners as well as pharmacists at various levels. She has written publications and developed practical resources that are widely accessible to support practitioners involved with older people. Her areas of interest include patient centred approach to managing polypharmacy and deprescribing, frailty, care co-ordination, transfer of care, medicines in care homes and social care settings

Dr Graham Stretch

Dr Graham Stretch

Senior Clinical Pharmacist

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.

Helen Birchall MAPharmT, Technician Lead

Lead Pharmacy Technician

Helen qualified as a Pharmacy Technician at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital in 1999. She is a member of APTUK and holds SWMIT accreditations in Medicines Management and Final Accuracy Checking. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience of working within the NHS having been employed in Acute Hospital Trusts across the UK for the majority of her career. For the last few years Helen has worked in the Primary Care setting for Livewell Southwest in Plymouth and is currently working on developing a team of Innovative Pharmacy Technicians to work alongside Pharmacists in General practice.

Helen is delighted to be on the committee of the PCPA at this exciting time and looks forward to promoting and developing the new emerging roles for pharmacy technicians in General Practice and Primary care. She fully supports the creation of an integrated Pharmacy system across the wider NHS.

Luvjit Kandula, LPC and Diabetes - Community Pharmacy Group (CPG) Chair

Chief Officer, Leicestershire and Rutland Local Pharmaceutical Committee

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 also Chairing Warwickshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee.

NHS Right Care Lead - Jas Khambh

Jas Khambh

Jas is an experienced pharmacist who has worked in the NHS for 14 years as both a pharmacist and a senior manager. She established one of the first area prescribing committees and one of the first joint formularies across primary and secondary care which has been acknowledged as a model of best practice by the NPC. She leads the QIPP agenda for medicines and pharmacy across London. She joined NHS England in December 2016 as National Pharmacy Adviser to NHS RightCare

Nick Beavon - PAG Lead

Chief Pharmacist

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. 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 42 GP Practices serving a population of over 380,000 patients.

“There is always room to improve what is being done for the profession and patient care. Recent developments in primary care for pharmacists are exciting with great opportunity for pharmacists. With the emerging models of pharmacists working in GP practices there is great value in the various pharmacy networks working more closely to support the development of pharmacists working in GP Practices that may be from CCGs, NHSE pilots or directly employed or commissioned by GP Practices and I look forward to contributing to the PCPA.”

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