PCPA - Primary Care Pharmacy Association

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 & PPG Chair


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 passionate about the profession and improving patient care

Community Pharmacy Group (CPG) Chair - Ash Soni OBE

Graduating as a Pharmacist from Portsmouth School of Pharmacy Ashok Soni began his life long career and commitment to pharmacy. Over the last 30 years Ash has held a number of notable positions from owning and operating his own pharmacy to working for Lambeth Southwark and Lewisham LPC, sessional work with the local GP practice and consultancy work for a number of pharmaceutical companies. In addition to this Ash has also held positions on boards for Lambeth PCT, RPS English Pharmacy Board, PSNC and NPA, just to name a few. 

He was appointed as a member of the NHS Future Forum to review the Health & Social Care Bill and the appropriateness of elements of that Bill. Ash was a member of the Clinical Advice and Leadership workstream in the first phase. In the second phase he jointly led the workstream on 'The NHS's Role in the Public's Health'. In the third phase, he was involved in the review of the NHS Constitution. Ash is a Fellow of The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Honorary Fellow of The UCL School of Pharmacy. 
He was awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours for services to pharmacy and the NHS. He was appointed as a member of the NAPC Council in October 2013 and became a member of the Executive Committee in 2015 He is a Board member of the South London Local Education & Training Board and is the Clinical Network Lead with NHS Lambeth CCG.

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.

NHS Right Care Lead - 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”


Michelle Kaulbach-Mills, PCPA Director & Partnership Lead

Michelle Kaulbach-Mills

Michelle was a co-founder of the PCPA in 1999 and has been their communications manager ever since. She worked within the NHS for nine years, before moving into a sales and marketing role for a publishing and medical education company for 8 years. She manages the PCPA's secretariat, events and resources and is responsible for professional liaison and partnerships. Michelle also runs her own company, Pharmacomm Ltd, specialising in pharmacy medical communications projects.

Melisa Byatt, National Events & Website Manager


Melisa came from a Banking background of many years. She later moved to gain her Childcare Diploma and work in childcare. Melisa joined PCPA in Febuary 2015 as PCPA Events and Website manager.

Carol Bell, Membership Co-ordinator

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Gareth Malson, PCPA Editor

Gareth has been the PCPA's freelance editor since 2011, before which he worked as a writer and editor for the Pharmaceutical Journal. He has worked as a senior pharmacist at Wirral University Teaching Hospital for six years until securing a clinical role at a GP practice in Liverpool as part of the NHS England pilot. He writes the Medicines Matters newsletter.

Peter Harries, PCPA Audio Visual Support


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