RPS session themes
Plenary session

Keynote session - Affording new medicines in the NHS - priority setting, patients' rights and the NHS constitution

Opening lecture by a barrister and professor of health law on the ethical issues around managing medicines across a population and the role pharmacy has to play in this area

What this session will do for you:

• Start the conference with a thought-provoking and stimulating lecture, designed to energise delegates and set the scene for the rest of the conference

• Hear an external perspective on the role pharmacy plays in this area

Chair: Catherine Duggan, Director of Professional Development and Support, RPSGB

Christopher Newdick, Barrister and Professor of Health Law, University of Reading

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Session 1

Exploring your heritage: What role does the Victorian Pharmacist have in our understanding and promotion of today’s pharmacy profession?

The Victorian era was an important time for the profession. Through the establishment of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society it could be said that the mid-1800s marked the point when the pharmacy profession began. Jacob Bell and his colleagues lived in a very different world to one we know now; few people could afford to see a doctor, there was no NHS and many relied on pharmacists to deal with minor ailments and long term conditions. Although the products available were untested at best and poisonous at worst the role of the pharmacist as professional advisor on health was recognised by everyone. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Lion Television have been working together on a new BBC 2 documentary series called Victorian Pharmacy which will be a living history series filmed in a fully-functioning Victorian pharmacy, re-creating the role of a Victorian pharmacist.

This session will bring together the programme makers, pharmacists and historians to explore the heritage of pharmacy and how the science and practice of the past can play a part in raising the profile of pharmacy today.

What this session will do for you:

  • Allow you to explore the heritage of your chosen career and consider how it plays a role in raising the profile of the profession today.
  • Show you how the profession of pharmacy is being promoted amongst the public.


Chair: Bettany Hughes, Historian and Broadcaster, Research Fellow, King’s College, London

History in context – what did the Victorian Pharmacists ever do for us?
Briony Hudson, Keeper of the museum collections, RPSGB

What I learned from being a Victorian Pharmacist
Nicholas Barber, Professor of the practice of pharmacy, University of London

Why Victorian Pharmacist makes good TV
David Upshal, Executive Producer, Lion Television

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Session 2

Practice research papers - building an evidence base for pharmacy services

Showcase of latest research in pharmacy practice from submitted papers.

Chair: Margaret Watson, University of Aberdeen


Cost effectiveness of community pharmacy minor ailment schemes
Wasim Baqir, Adam Todd, Tristan Learoyd, April Sim, Laura Morton

The Diabetes Pilot Program: Barriers and facilitators to translating research into practice in Australian community pharmacy
Ines Krass, Carol Armour, Jeffrey Hughes, Bernadette Mitchell, Christine Song, Gregory Peterson, Lorraine Smith, Kay Stewart, Lesley White

The PINCER trial: a cluster randomised trial comparing the effectiveness of a pharmacist-led IT-based intervention with simple feedback in reducing rates of clinically important errors in medicines management in general practices
Judith Cantrill

How pharmacists working on the PINCER trial helped to reduce hazardous prescribing
Rachel Howard, Anthony Avery, Judith Cantrill

A systematic review of weight management interventions in the community pharmacy setting
June Gordon, Margaret Watson, Alison Avenell

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Session 3

Practice research papers – Safer systems of work practice

Showcase of latest research in pharmacy practice from submitted papers.

Chair: Bryony Dean Franklin, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust/The School of Pharmacy, University of London


An exploration of the potential influence treatment culture on the prescribing of psychoactive medication for older people in nursing homes
Ailis Donnelly, Brendan McCormack, Carmel Hughes

An exploration of nursing home managers’ knowledge of and attitudes to the management of pain in residents with dementia
Heather Barry, Carmel Hughes, Carole Parsons, Peter Passmore

Unintended discrepancies between pre-admission and admission prescriptions identified by pharmacy-led medicines reconciliation: Results of a collaborative service evaluation across East and South East England
Linda Dodds

Unlicensed medicines: risk and reward
John Houston, Julia Tolan, David Kean, Meabh Drain, Aron Kerr, Aaron Brady

Audit of discharge summaries in primary care
Jean-Michel Gauthier

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Session 4

Key debates in the undergraduate pharmacy curriculum

How do we promote professionalism amongst undergraduate pharmacy students? Why is it important to retain science as an essential part of a pharmacist’s education? These are two of the key issues affecting undergraduate pharmacy education today.

What this session will do for you:

• Support you in your career progression by updating you with key developments affecting undergraduate education

• Show you how the role of student learning about professionalism informs student fitness to practice

• Give you examples used in teaching and learning which have successfully linked science with practice.

Chair: Carmel Hughes, Professor of Primary Care Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast

Is the MPharm a time and place to learn professionalism?
Ellen Schafheutle, Lecturer in Law & Professionalism in Pharmacy, The University of Manchester
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The importance of science for practice
Duncan Craig, Head of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, University of East Anglia
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Plenary session

Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS

How pharmacy fits into the white paper agenda
An interactive discussion of how the emerging new NHS landscape will affect RPS members. The draft plan of work from the RPS will be shared during this session and participants will have an opportunity to influence these activities.

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Session 5

Empowering you in decision making - examples from different perspectives

Many challenges face us across the sectors in the coming years, so we need to equip ourselves and our teams with the skills to make decisions and to deliver their objectives in a way that improves patient outcomes. During the session, we will explore the differences between leadership and management and what these differences could mean in practice. We will use examples from practice to consider ways to enable and empower our team to effectively manage their objectives. The session will be interactive and discursive with opportunities to explore generic problems in practice from different perspectives.    

Our two leaders come from different sectors and can bring to the session a wealth of first-hand experience in management and leadership in pharmacy and healthcare in ways that are meaningful and relevant to participants.

Chair: Catherine Duggan, Director of Professional Development and Support, RPSGB

Chris Green, Director of Pharmacy & Medicines Management, Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Linda Stephens, National Pharmacy Adviser, GSK

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Session 6

Practice research papers – Access to medicines

Showcase of latest research in pharmacy practice from submitted papers.

Chair: Peter Noyce, Access to medicines


Over-the-counter simvastatin: community pharmacists' adoption practices and attitudes five years post reclassification
Vibhu Paudyal, Denise Hansford, ITS Cunningham, Derek Stewart

A qualitative study of disadvantaged men’s perspectives on smoking cessation: implications for pharmacy practice
Simon White, Wendy Baird

Pharmacist prescribing in North East England
Leila Neshat, Wasim Baqir, Deanne Francis, Jessica Clemerson, Jim Smith

Pharmacist prescribing in primary care: the views of nominated patients across Great Britain who had experienced the service
Derek Stewart, Katie MacLure, Christine Bond, Scott Cunningham, Lesley Diack, Johnson George, Dorothy McCaig

Training Undergraduate pharmacy students for prescribing: views of primary care based pharmacist prescribers in Great Britain
Maxwell Dapar, Dorothy McCaig, Scott Cunningham, Lesley Diack, Derek Stewart

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Session 7

Science into practice: The Importance of pharmacogenomics and new technologies for pharmacy

How do variations in the human genome affect patients’ responses to medicines and what relevance is it for pharmacists?  This session will explore the ethical, legal and practical impact of pharmacogenomics and other new technologies for pharmacy.  


• To give you a better understanding of how emerging technologies in personalised medicine and disease prevention will affect the future professional development of pharmacy.

• To debate future scenarios where pharmacists can play an active part in accessing and developing services around these new technologies. 


Personalised medicine – Is it the future of the practice of pharmacy?
David Thurston, Head of the Department of Pharmaceutical & Biological Chemistry, and Professor of Anticancer Drug Discovery, University of London

Ethical, legal and social issues surrounding pharmacogenomics and other new technologies
Joy Wingfield, Professor of Pharmacy Law and Ethics, School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham
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Session 8

Supporting patient decision making

An opportunity to explore the patient’s perspective in medicine-taking and the factors that promote or hinder patient participation in decision making and how pharmacists, as professionals, can help them make the right choice in a way that improves patient outcomes.

What this session will do for you:

• Support you in improving your patients’ outcomes by equiping you with a better understanding of how patients make decisions on medicines and how you can help them as a professional in making the right choice.
• Assist you in identifying strategies that will help you involve patients in decisions about their medicines as part of your everyday practice.


Factors promoting or hindering patient participation in decision making
Sarah Collins, Lecturer in Communication, Manchester Medical School
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Techniques and approaches for supporting patients to make decisions about treatment
Wendy Clyne, Head of the Medicines Partnership Programme at NPC Plus, Keele University
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Plenary session

Plenary session: Question time debate

Does aspirin "halve the risk of cancer" or does "long term use increase the risk of cancer"? Both stories from this year that may propagate the view that you can’t believe anything you read in the papers. However, headlines don’t tell the whole story, research is often contradictory and consensus can be rare, and presenting the views from all sides is a fundamental role of a free press. Is it the job of health professionals to show the benefits and risks of medicines or does the internet make everyone an expert?

This session will explore the relationship between science and the public seen through the prism of the media. We will explore where journalists get their facts and how the science community interacts with journalists. By looking at specific case studies such as the controversy over MMR vaccination and Swine Flu we will look how professional journals interact with the wider media world. Join us for this debate where you will have an opportunity to ask questions of our panel and find out for yourself whether a "good story" about medicines is always good news for everyone.  

Chair: Neal Patel, Head of Corporate Communications, RPSGB

Sile Lane, Public Liaison, Sense About Science
Jacqui Thornton, Former Health Editor, The Sun
Olivia Timbs, Pharmaceutical Journal

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Plenary session

Poster prize-giving and evening reception

Another chance to view latest research in pharmacy practice, this time attended by the research authors, and to network with your peers over a drink and canapés.

Prizes sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell publisher of International Journal of Pharmacy Practice.

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Plenary session

Conference Chair Address

Making and Sharing Decisions about medicines: views of patients and professionals
Marjorie Weiss
, Conference Chair 2010, Head of Pharmacy Practice, University of Bath

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Plenary session

Conference Practice Research Award lecture

Listen to a key lecture from the recipient of the prestigious Conference Practice Research Award on their own research in the field of pharmacy practice and relevant work from related fields including health policy.

Pharmacogenetics: towards the safe, effective and cost-effective use of medicines?
Katherine Payne, Senior Research Fellow, University of Manchester

Genetic-based developments, such as pharmacogenetic testing, offer the prospect of additional information to support professional and clinical decision-making, leading to innovative approaches to treatment. Pharmacogenetic tests will also have an impact on use of NHS resources and it is therefore essential to evaluate the potential patient benefits. Katherine will draw on examples from her research programme to illustrate how it is possible to provide information on the relative patient (dis)benefits and health care costs to support professional decision-making in the NHS.

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society vision for the profession

Vision for the profession
Martin Astbury, Chair of the Shadow Assembly, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

How the Royal Pharmaceutical Society will help deliver the vision for the profession
Helen Gordon, Chief Executive, Royal Pharmaceutical Society
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The vision in England, Scotland and Wales: What is the top priority in each country?
Lindsey Gilpin, Chair of the English Pharmacy Board, Royal Pharmaceutical Society
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Sandra Melville, Chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Nuala Brennan, Chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Questions from the floor
Delegates will have the opportunity to engage and ask questions to the panel.

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Invisible patients – the pharmacists’ tale

National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS)
NCAS will present on why managing health concerns is important and their experience in supporting those who manage health concerns, challenges of managing health and the potential impact on service and performance. They will also introduce Pharmacist Support and the services available for pharmacists, how they can be accessed, what success could look like (i.e. what managers can expect) and tips for those managing pharmacists’ health.

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Session 9

Connecting with others - developing leadership locally

Networking provides opportunities for individuals to grow and fulfil their professional potential and the new professional leadership body will provide opportunities for members to connect with other pharmacists. This will be demonstrated to delegates in this session, during which delegates will also receive tips and ideas about how to develop their own networking opportunities - particularly at a local level.

What this session will do for you:

• Provide you with ideas to develop your own networking opportunities
• Inspire you to use networking to boost your reputation
• Show you how you can use networking to develop your knowledge and skills
• Give you the chance to share and gain knowledge with peers locally


Local leadership for pharmacy- a Welsh perspective
David Morgan, Admin Lead of the North Wales Pharmacy Practice Forum
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LPFs: Sharing, learning and networking across the profession
Gill Hawksworth, Community pharmacist and Teacher Practitioner, University of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire LPF lead
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Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy – What does it mean for you?
Stephen Foster, Superintendant Pharmacist and Lead for East Kent LPF
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Session 10

Practice research papers - User perspectives

Showcase of latest research in pharmacy practice from submitted papers.

Chair: Delyth James, Welsh School of Pharmacy


‘You're an agent unto yourself': undergraduate students explain the reality of managing asthma medicines at university
Nde-Eshimuni M Salema, Rachel A Elliott, Cris Glazebrook

Information for young people with diabetes - is it empowering?
Charles W Morecroft, Linda Mason, Neil A Caldwell

The role of the pharmacist and extemporaneous dispensing: The views of school children
Paul McCague, James McElnay, Ryan Donnelly

Exploring patient opinions of MURs
Salma Iqbal, Kay Wood

Why do patients accept or decline the invitation for a Medicines Use Review?
Asam Latif, Kristian Pollock, Helen Boardman

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Session 11

Practice research papers - Communication and adherence with medicines

Showcase of latest research in pharmacy practice from submitted papers.

Chair: Hilary Edmonson, Community Pharmacist, Hull


Further investigations on GP prescribing and patient compliance of steroid inhalers for Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease patients within a PCT in North West England
Ian Cubbin, Andy McAlavey, Burns Wong

The HAPPY trial: a randomised controlled trial of a community pharmacy-based intervention for improving patient adherence to antihypertensive medicines
Johnson George, Kevin McNamara, Shane Jackson, Jeffery Hughes, Gregory Peterson, Michael Bailey, Arthur Hsueh, Rosalind Lau, Diana Bortoloetto, Kay Stewart

The effects of numeracy on the perceived risk of medicine side effects
Peter Knapp, Peter Gardner, Brian McMillan, D K Raynor, Liz Woolf

Translation and evaluation of patient information leaflets in Punjabi and Urdu for methotrexate and NSAIDs in treatment of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Christine Hirsch, Bhupinder Singh Jirh, Sadia Kousar, Selina Gill, John Marriott, Taunton Southwood

Influence of relationships, trust and rapport on pharmacist-patient communication
Nicola Greenhill, Claire Anderson, Tony Avery, Alison Pilnick

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Session 12

Making difficult decisions in the workplace

With increased work stress being one of the key issues affecting pharmacists today, this session will investigate how professionals can balance workplace pressures with a commitment to high quality patient care and improving patient outcomes.

What this session will do for you:

• Allow you to consider complex work situations where workplace pressures may compete with pharmacists' professional duty to patient care.

• Provide you with ways of supporting ethical decision making in the workplace


Patient-centred professionalism in community pharmacy
Marcus Doel, Head of Environment and Society, University of Swansea and Hayley Hutchings, Senior Lecturer CHIRAL, School of Medicines, University of Swansea
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Whistleblowing in the workplace
Cathy James, Acting Director, Public Concern at Work
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Session 13

Empowering patients to make better health decisions

Better informed patients make better decisions about their health. This session will demonstrate how the pharmacy profession plays a major role in the wider public health by empowering patient decision making through public health programmes.

What this session will do for you:

• Empower you to support patient medicine decision making and therefore improve patient outcomes
• Show you how you can play an integral role in health of the nation.


Pharmacist and patient working together in cancer care: a rural perspective
Sandra Melville, Oncology Pharmacist,  Lorn & Islands District Hospital
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Empowering the Cancer Patient
David Thomson
, Chair, British Oncology Pharmacy Association
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How pharmacy can help patients decision making by promoting awareness and earlier diagnosis of cancer
Michael Peake, National Clinical Lead, NHS Cancer Improvement, Glenfield Hospital Leicester
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Session 14

Practice research papers – Roles, performance and practice

Showcase of latest research in pharmacy practice from submitted papers.

Chair: David Wright, University of East Anglia


Pharmacists' well being at work; assessing a tool for benchmarking
Wasim Baqir, David Campbell

What do newly qualified pharmacists in Britain think about possible future roles as pharmacist prescribers?
Trudi McIntosh, Kim Munro, Derek Stewart, James McLay

Does learning the "pure" science elements of a pharmacy degree in a clinical setting better prepare students for their professional practice? Bridging the theory-practice divide
Nicholas Freestone, Shavinee Patel, Shan Deen

Defining and identifying performance concerns in community pharmacy
Sally Jacobs, Elizabeth Seston, Karen Hassell, Helen Potter, Julie Prescott, Ellen Schafheutle

Engendering and appraising 'professionalism' in pharmacy education
Maria Christou, Jill McDonald, David Wright

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Session 15

Science into practice: Implementing evidence in practice

While the importance of research evidence for practice is widely acknowledged, the amount of information available to practitioners is enormous. This session will investigate how research evidence is summarised into a format of use to pharmacists and how pharmacists can be cutting-edge practitioners and use such evidence in their day to day practice. 


  • To explore the process of synthesizing complex research evidence into a form relevant for practice and how pharmacists can play a role
  • To suggest how practitioners can maximise the benefits from evidence based guidance


Developing and implementing NICE guidance – opportunities for pharmacists
Alaster Rutherford, Associate Director - Implementation Support , National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

The Polypill Concept
Nicholas Wald, Institute Director, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine

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Session 16

Enhancing professional practice

Research is a vital part of a pharmacist's continuous professional development which underpins everyday evidence-based professional practice and provides the rationale for introducing new services. This session will explore how pharmacists can engage with research and how this research can inform professional development to enhance practice and increase job satisfaction.

What this session will do for you:

• Equip you with key tools and evidence to improve your day-to-day practice by considering how you can enhance your practice and increase your job satisfaction through engagement with research. 

• Inspire you to become an innovator in your services to the public

Chair: Jane Portlock, Principal Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, University of Portsmouth

Pharmacy Practice Research: Putting your ideas into practice
Terry Maguire
, Community Pharmacist, Maguire Pharmacy, Belfast
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Evidence into Practice: Non-Prescription Medicine Supply in Community Pharmacy
Karebor Ngwerume
, Community Pharmacist, Brocklehurst Chemist, Hull
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Plenary session

Keynote session - Breaking down barriers and meeting challenges

In 1984, the famine in Ethiopia was brought to the world’s attention by an image of a young International Red Cross nurse surrounded by thousands of starving people. Claire Bertschinger was that nurse and those pictures inspired Live Aid – the biggest relief programme the world had ever seen.

Credited by Sir Bob Geldof as ‘the girl who started it all’, Dame Bertschinger was approached by Michael Buerk and his TV crew and described to him, and the world, the scale of the tragedy taking place every day. In charge of distributing the limited food rations at her disposal, she was forced to choose the children and adults with the best chance of survival and, in her own words, ‘felt like a Nazi commandant, deciding who would live and who would die’.

Following Ethiopia, Claire worked in other trouble spots including Lebanon, Afghanistan, Sudan, Liberia and Sierra Leone. She was subsequently awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal and was honoured for her inspirational nursing career with the Woman of the Year - Window to the World Award and the Human Rights and Nursing Award from The International Centre for Nursing Ethics. In 2010 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Claire will share her story in the closing session of the conference and describe to delegates her experiences in facing challenges and making difficult decisions in the most difficult of environments, highlighting how professionals can break down barriers even when presented with seemingly insurmountable challenges. We hope delegates will leave this session and the conference feeling empowered to meet the difficult challenges you face in your day-to-day practice and understanding how you can overcome adversity when ethical pressures and workplace pressure compete.

Chair: Helen Gordon, Chief Executive, RPSGB

Keynote speaker: Dame Claire Bertschinger, Head of tropical nursing, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


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