Programme and streams

This year's redesigned programme spans across three streams over two days, including our brand new interactive learning zone and spotlight session.

In a changing and challenging healthcare environment, prepare for the future and find out about emerging opportunities in pharmacy and a vision of health services in the future.

Chair: Paul Bennett FRPharmS, Chief Executive, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

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Time Title Speakers
11am - 12:30pm CEO's welcome to Annual Conference 2017 Paul Bennett FRPharmS
Chief Executive, Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Presidential address President, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

What are the drivers behind the need for change in population health management?

Professor Sir J.A. Muir Gray
Honorary Clinical Researcher, Nuffield Department of Primary Care health Sciences, Director, Better Value Healthcare, Adviser, Public Health England, Chair, NHS Health and Social Care Digital service

Disrupted healthcare Dr Pervaise Khan MRPharmS
Managing Director, Accenture Life Sciences Strategy


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Time Title Speakers
2pm - 3:30pm Minister's address TBC

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's address

Q&A session

Dr Keith Ridge FRPharmS
Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, England

Professor Rose Marie Parr FFRPS FRPharmS
Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Scotland

Andrew Evans MRPharmS
Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Wales

Dr Mark Timoney
Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Northern Ireland

The reality of healthcare change Lord Victor Adebowale CBE
Chief Executive, Turning Point


Develop your understanding of current global and local health challenges, the direct impact on your practice, and discover emerging medicines

Chair: Professor Mike Hannay MRPharmS, Managing Director, East Midlands Academic Health Science Network

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New and emerging medicines: Monoclonal antibodies

Time Title Speakers
2pm - 3:30pm

Understanding the foundations of mAb, therapeutic area applications, pharmaceutical issues with mAb for pharmacy & How biologicals will be used in the future

Nisha ShaunakMRPharmS
Lead Pharmacist for Oncology, Cancer Commissioning Pharmacist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Andrew Watts
Senior Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology


Long term conditions

Time Title Speakers
4pm - 5:30pm


Philip Newland-Jones MFRPSII MRPharmS
Consultant Pharmacist Diabetes and Endocrinology, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Depression and dementia – community and secondary care considerations in mental health and non-mental health settings

Nikki Holmes MRPharmS
Head of Pharmacy – Forensic Services, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Obesity; a current health challenge

Dr Terry Maguire
Owner, MaguirePharmacy


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Antimicrobial resistance

Time Title Speakers
9:30am - 11am

Update on AMR in the UK

Professor John Watson
Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health

NIA, Sore Throat Test & Treat service and the wider role of community pharmacy in the antimicrobial stewardship agenda

Malcolm Harrison MRPharmS
NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellow, Senior Manager, Projects and Contract Development, Boots UK

Topic to be confirmed

Jacqueline Sneddon FFRPS MRPharmS
Project Lead, Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group, the Scottish Medicines Consortium


How services will respond to current and future health challenges 

Time Title Speakers
11:30am - 1pm

Vision of healthcare in the future

Mark Britnell
Chairman and Partner, Global Health Practice, KPMG

NHS 111

Richard Bowen MRPharmS
Programme Director, NHS 111 Wales

Workforce development: Right number, place and time

Christopher John MRPharmS
Workforce Development Support, Royal Pharmaceutical Society


Maximise your potential to develop and progress in your career and explore alternative, new and emerging career opportunities

Chair: Clare Howard FFRPS FRPharmS, Independent Consult in Pharmaceutical Health Care and Clinical Lead, Medicines Optimisation Wessex AHSN

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Panel debate

Time Title Speakers
2pm - 3:30pm

Transformative practices for developing the workforce, including viewpoints from England, Wales, Scotland and Internationally

Dr Patricia OakleyMRPharmS 
Teaching and Research Fellow, Organisational Psychology and HRM Dept. of Management, King's College, London

Professor Rose Marie Parr FFRPS FRPharmS 
Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Scotland

Professor Ian Bates FFRPS FRPharmS, ‎
Director FIP Education Taskforce, The School of Pharmacy, University of London


New, alternative, and emerging careers

Time Title Speakers
4pm - 5:30pm

Snapshot review of new, alternative and emerging roles for the profession

  • Pharmacists in GP practices
  • Prisons
  • Accident & Emergency
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Academia
  • Care Homes

Dr Lawrence Brad
General Practitioner and Steven Williams, Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Westbourne Medical Centre

Sommaya Hussain
Pharmacy Team Leader - ‎Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Victoria Heald MRPharmS
Lead Pharmacist for Emergency Admissions and ED, ‎Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Gino Martini FRPharmS
Country Medical Leader (Interim) Roche Pipeline and Roche Foundation Medicine Roche Products Limited

Michael Twigg‎ MRPharmS
Lecturer in Primary Care Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia


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Revalidation ready: Reshaping our profession

Time Title Speakers
9:30am - 11am

GPhC's vision for revalidation – journey for pharmacy 

Nigel Clarke
Chair, General Pharmaceutical Council

RPS makes you revalidation ready

Prof Peter Kopelman
Emeritus Professor of Medicine, St George’s, University of London

GMC revalidation for doctors



Developing personal skills

Time Title Speakers
11:30am - 1pm

Developing personal skills, resilience and change management.

Jamie Hayes FFRPS MRPharmS
Director & Deputy Clinical Director


Experience practical, expert-led workshops, take away quality advice and valuable insights to develop your skills.

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Learning zone

Spotlight session

Time Title Speakers Title Speakers
2pm - 3:30pm

New error reporting standards demonstration workshop

Annamarie McGregor MRPharmS
Professional Support Pharmacist, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Debate: Dispense with dispensing TBC

Human factors and ergonomics skills development to support patient safety in pharmaceutical care

Dr Helen Vosper
Lecturer, Teaching fellow, Robert Gordon University 


Learning zone

Time Title Speakers
4pm - 5:30pm

Faculty portfolio building


Leadership framework in practice

Hospital standards development feedback session

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Learning zone

Spotlight session

Practice research

Time Title Speakers Title Speakers
9:30am - 11am

Debate on OTC


Review of the Care Homes Independent Pharmacist Prescribing Study (CHIPPS) to date

Professor Christine Bond
Professor of Primary Care, Centre of Academic Primary Care, Division of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen

CV building workshop

National evaluation of GP pharmacists

Matthew Boyd
Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Science, University of Nottingham

Interview skills training session   

The role of pharmacy supporting new national care homes enhanced service

Timothy Banner, MFRPSII MRPharmS, Consultant Pharmacist, University Hospital of Wales



Learning zone

Time Title Speakers
11:30am - 1pm

Foundation programme KIT demonstration


RPS Affiliated Partners National Training bitesize workshop


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