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Pfizer Healthy Partnerships is a selection of tools and resources connecting pharmacists with professional and commercial support.Pfizer Healthy Partnerships has three strands:

Pfizer Healthy Partnerships is a selection of tools and resources connecting pharmacists with professional and commercial support.

Pfizer Healthy Partnerships has three strands:

Enhancing the patient experience

Helping pharmacy to provide a high quality patient experience with training for pharmacists and support materials for patients.

Supporting professional development

Providing learning resources and skills development training.

Delivering commercial value

Helping pharmacy to realise commercial opportunities by embarking on a number of initiatives to deliver commercial value for pharmacy businesses.

Pharmacist Support

The profession’s independent charity - is celebrating a significant birthday! 2016 marks 175 years of free and confidential support for pharmacists and their families, former pharmacist, trainees and MPharm students facing difficult challenges in life.

Since re-launching as Pharmacist Support (previously the Benevolent Fund) in 2008 the charity has provided over 10,000 acts of support to people in need of advice, financial assistance, help with managing their stress or an addiction, or in need of a listening ear. As a charity we rely on the generosity of pharmacists and pharmacy organisations to be able to continue this work – be that as donors or fundraisers, volunteers or supporters.

As part of our 175th anniversary cerebrations we are asking those in the profession to show their support by Going Green for Pharmacist Support! September 25th is World Pharmacists Day and will launch a week of green activities across GB.  What we’re asking people to do is grab, bake, make, eat, travel, buy or wear something green to help raise vital funds for the profession’s charity.   Go Green is a great way to bring colleagues and employees together, to inject a sense of fun into the workplace while at the same time raising money for charity. Whether you are a team of three or a company of thousands there is a Go Green activity for you! Visit our stand and check out our website for inspiration or contact Emma on fundraising@pharmacistsupport.org, 0161 441 0317 for information. 

General Pharaceutical Council

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is the independent regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in Great Britain.

It is our job to protect, promote and maintain the health, safety and wellbeing of members of the public by upholding standards and public trust in pharmacy.

Our principal functions include:

  • approving qualifications for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and accrediting education and training providers;
  • maintaining a register of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises;
  • setting standards for conduct, ethics, proficiency, education and training, and continuing professional development (CPD);
  • establishing and promoting standards for the safe and effective practice of pharmacy at registered pharmacies;
  • establishing fitness to practise requirements, monitoring pharmacy professionals' fitness to practise and dealing fairly and proportionately with complaints and concerns.

Nova Laboratories

Nova Laboratories is a UK leading independent supplier of both ‘Specials’ and clinical trial medicines to healthcare professionals. Nova understands the needs of the NHS better than any other Specials Manufacturer, with the business originating from within the NHS more than 22 years ago. Nova continues to be privately owned and funded and operates under MHRA licenses in the following five business areas:  

  • ‘Specials’ compounding
  • Clinical Manufacturing
  • Commercial Manufacturing
  • Support Services
  • Own branded licensed products

Our continuing involvement in ‘Specials’ compounding has since enabled us to develop a pipeline of licensed, hospital-use products as alternative presentations of long established drugs.

Commercial and Academic Services (CoAcS) 

CoAcS is a private limited company founded in 1992, with offices in UK, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. We have an international client base and a track record of satisfied customers across the world. Clients include Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Varian, GlaxoSmithKline, WHO, Health Ministries and over 400 universities world-wide.

What we do:
Software Division - Develops, Publishes and Markets Software for the Pharmaceutical Industry, Colleges and Universities

Services Division - Provides a Range of Commercial and Academic Consultancy Services to the Pharmaceutical Industry



We’re here to help you fulfil your potential and we offer a range of creative learning opportunities to do just that. From our face-to-face events to our online and distance learning programmes you’ll see that we are passionate about learning and development. We have an excellent reputation for delivering learning that goes through a robust quality-assurance process and is developed in collaboration with pharmacy and healthcare colleagues.


Idis was founded in the UK in 1987 by two pharmacists looking for medicines that were not available on the UK market for individual patients. Idis has been the pioneer in developing access routes for patients with unmet needs, to vital medicines that were simply unavailable for whatever reason in the country where they lived.

Without the aid of the internet and the vast resources of information available today, this task was undertaken by hand using a telephone, a notebook and whatever available source of information could be found. We had to first establish where the medicine was licensed and commercially available and then, find a route to the source in order to access a very small quantity of medicine, often for only one patient (named patient medicines), through a reliable and reputable provider. This wasn’t an easy or automated process. It took great perseverance and the resolute determination of employees, driven by the knowledge that through their personal actions and decisions, they could directly impact, if not help save a patient’s life. This was the fundamental driver of Idis in 1987 and this very much remains the case today.

Care Quality Commission

Contact: 03000 616161
Address: CQC National Customer Service Centre, Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4PA
Email: Enquiries@cqc.org.uk
Website: www.cqc.org.uk
Twitter: @CQCProf and @CareQualityComm

The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, caring, well-led and responsive care, and we encourage care services to improve. We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.


Refer to Pharmacy

Refer-to-Pharmacy is the award winning* pharmacy referral system. It allows hospital teams to refer patients directly to their community pharmacist for consultation referrals (new medicines service, medicines use review) or for information e.g. care home residents or blister pack users with medicines changes. Domiciliary pharmacy home visit teams are also referred to.

Between January and July 2016 over 3000 referrals have been made, and in that time hospital readmissions (at 28 days for the same diagnosis) have fallen by 1%, equivalent to nearly 90 avoided readmissions.

Refer-to-Pharmacy helps patients get the best fro their medicines and to stay healthy at home. Find out more: www.elht.nhs.uk/refer or contact alistair.gray@elht.nhs.uk.

* 2016 HSJ/NT Patient Safety Award winner for Best Emerging Technology or IT


The RPS is the professional membership body for pharmacists and pharmacy in Great Britain and an internationally renowned publisher of medicines information.

We advance the profession of pharmacy for public and patient benefit, to improve the health of the public and to secure the future of our members.


The UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) is a member association for clinical pharmacy practitioners. We encourage, support and promote advanced practice in pharmacy.

The UKCPA actively develops clinical pharmacy practice as well as developing individual practitioners, and we are frequently at the forefront of initiatives such as establishing professional curricula, developing professional recognition (credentialing) processes, and developing professional tools and frameworks for practitioners.

We have a clear mission and visions and have developed strategies and objectives which set out how we will achieve our visions.  We have a 5-year business plan and a transparent governance process so that our members can see how their association is run and where their membership fee is being spent.


The Drug Safety Research Unit (DSRU) is an independent academic unit internationally respected for its work in Pharmacovigilance, Pharmacoepidemiology, Risk Management and Training Services for over 30 years. Our activities are principally concerned with pharmacovigilance. The DSRU undertakes all forms of research studies and evaluations of the safety of medicines and provides education and training in pharmacovigilance and related subjects

In partnership with doctors in England, the DSRU, led by Director Professor Saad Shakir, aims to protect patients in primary and specialist care from unwanted adverse effects of newly marketed medicines using our unique methods of monitoring patients during the lifecycle of medicines.

Pharmacy Management

Pharmacy Management produces National Conferences, Regional Workshops and the Pharmacy Management Academy in all countries of the United KingdomIt is also accredited as a First Wave Training Provider by the Faculty of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

It has published a Journal of the same name since 1985 which has focused on the world of the commissioning of medicines and the creation of best practice in the delivery of medicines and pharmacy services.

During its thirty-year history the company has worked with major pharmaceutical companies to ensure that communication with the NHS reaches the highest standards possible and has provided a myriad of contact and access opportunities with these important customers.

The company receives advice from 80+ experienced NHS pharmacists who ensure that programmes and proposals are thoroughly tested before inception.

Additionally, PM Market Access is a division of the company that creates bespoke offerings for companies in relation to their unique and specific communication needs with the NHS.  

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, Boehringer Ingelheim operates globally through 145 affiliates and a total of some 47,500 employees. The focus of the family-owned company, founded in 1885, is on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing new medications of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine.


Social responsibility is an important element of the corporate culture at Boehringer Ingelheim. This includes worldwide involvement in social projects through, for example, the initiative “Making More Health” while also caring for employees. Respect, equal opportunity and reconciling career and family form the foundation of mutual cooperation. The company also focuses on environmental protection and sustainability in everything it does.


In 2015, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved net sales of about 14.8 billion euros. R&D expenditure corresponds to 20.3 per cent of net sales.

For more information please visit www.boehringer-ingelheim.co.uk


Health Education England (HEE)

Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason only: to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.

The most important resource the NHS has is its people. Without a skilled workforce there is no NHS.  HEE has a significant prorgramme of work relating to Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians and their teams; in particular reform of pharmacists pre-registration year and links to key workforce transformation programmes in primary care and emergency departments.


Supporters & Partners

Primary Care Respiratory Society UK

The Primary Care Respiratory Society UK (PCRS-UK) is the UK-wide professional society supporting primary care to deliver high value patient centred respiratory care.  Our ultimate vision is “optimal respiratory health for all” which we seek to achieve through:  

  • Campaigning to influence policy and set standards in respiratory medicine, relevant to primary care nationally and locally: the voice of primary care  in respiratory  medicine
  • Educating primary care health professionals to deliver and influence respiratory care
    • Open access to best practice, evidence based clinical guidance and resources, produced by primary care respiratory experts for primary care
    • Membership scheme to support the respiratory  professional development and empower primary care health professionals to provide and commission high value, patient-centred care
  • Promoting and disseminating real life primary care research in respiratory conditions to support policy and education activities

Cardiff University

The post-graduate Therapeutics courses from the Cardiff University School of Medicine are an ideal way to increase your knowledge of clinical therapeutics, while learning alongside other healthcare professionals including GPs and nurses. The programmes are delivered and assessed on-line allowing you to fit your study around your work and family.

Our pharmacist graduates have commented on the increased confidence that their qualification has given them in their interactions with GP colleagues and on the breadth and depth of knowledge gained. The programme is ideal for pharmacists working with GPs in practice, acting as advisors in primary care, delivering services in the community and for those practicing in secondary care. 



JPAG has over 1,500 members worldwide and is jointly sponsored by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Its remit is "to encourage, assist and extend the knowledge and study of pharmaceutical analysis and quality control by the holding of scientific meetings, the promotion of lectures, practical demonstrations and discussions".  


Pharmacy Research UK (PRUK) is the principle funder of pharmacy research in the UK. Founded as a result of a merger in 2012 of two previous research funding charities, PRUK has a broad programme of research in place. PRUK funds both research projects and research fellowships to improve skills across the Pharmacy sector. RPS Research offers professional development support to pharmacists at all levels looking to engage in or undertake research. The team provides 1:1 research support surgeries and develops guidance and resources to support your research journey. We also promote best practice in pharmacy and growth of the evidence base via the Map of Evidence project and lead the RPS Research Ready programme which aims to engage community pharmacy in research and evaluation activities. 

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