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, marketing and is responsible for professional liaison and partnerships. Michelle also runs her own company, Pharmacomm Ltd, specialising in pharmacy medical communications projects.
Melisa joined PCPA in Febuary 2015 as PCPA Events and Website manager. She manages the PCPA events, PCPA website, membership resources, promotional marketing correspondence and day to day running of the PCPA office.
Melisa came from a Banking background of many years. With huge experience in driving customer care, finance and focus based projects. She later moved to gain her Childcare Diploma and work in childcare for 7 years.
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 PCPA Medicines Matters newsletter.
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.
“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 and Primary Care Networks 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, Hospitals, Community Pharmacy, NHSE part funded or directly employed or commissioned by GP Practices and I look forward to contributing to the PCPA”
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 Chairing Warwickshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee.