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.


The Reality of healthcare change workstream houses our plenary sessions and strive to understand the real implications of the changing health care environment and the impact for the profession. 

You will hear from leading figures in pharmacy, and the wider health care sector, across the two days as we outline and recognise the challenges facing your profession, and how we will support you through these turbulent times for pharmacy.

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 Prof Ash Soni OBE FRPharmS
President, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

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

Professor Sir J.A. Muir Gray
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
1pm - 1:50pm Fringe session: The Journey of a Prescribing Pharmacist and Leading Change
Supported by Novartis
Paul Forysth
Lead Pharmacist - Clinical Cardiology (Primary Care) / Heart Failure Specialist, West Glasgow ACH
1pm - 1:50pm Fringe session: Lunchtime CV building workshop and Interview skills training session

Susie Zaffran
Business Partner, RPS

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Time Title Speakers
8:35am - 9:15am Breakfast session: What is RPS doing for hospital pharmacy? Ruth Wakeman FFRPS MRPharmS
Associate Directorof Professional Standards, RPS
Cathy Picton FFRPS FRPharmS
Consultant and Lead Author, RPS
8:35am - 9:15am Breakfast session: Imrpoving acces to contraception David Taylor
Professor Emeritus, University College London
2pm - 3:30pm Minister's address Steve Brine
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's address

Q&A session

Dr Keith Ridge FRPharmS
Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, England

Dr Rose Marie Parr FFRPS FRPharmS
Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Scottish Government

Andrew Evans MRPharmS
Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Welsh Government

Dr Mark Timoney
Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Northern Ireland

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


Icons-Orange Health challenges of our time will focus on the difficulties that the pharmacy profession needs to face in light of the significant health issues affecting the NHS and wider healthcare market. 

This stream will look at diseases, conditions and drugs that are impacting the profession right now and in the future, such as diabetes, dementia, obesity and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The sessions in this stream will also address how services could respond to the increasing burden with innovative models of care.

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

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Monoclonal Antibodies: what every pharmacist should know

Time Title Speakers
2pm - 3:30pm

Understanding the foundations of mAb

Paul Varley
Vice President, Science and Collaborations, Medimmune
Pharmaceutical aspects of mAb in practice Dr Andrew Watts
Senior Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Applications for mAbs in oncology

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


Long term conditions

Time Title Speakers
4pm - 5:30pm

Diabetes - forefront and future

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 FRPharmS
Owner, Maguire Pharmacy


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New insights on 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

AMR and antimicrobial stewardship

Dr Jacqueline Sneddon FFRPS MRPharmS
Project Lead, Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group, the Scottish Medicines Consortium
Antibiotics resistance breakers 

Prof Chris Dowson
 Professor of Microbiology, University of Warwick


How services will respond to current and future challenges 

Time Title Speakers
11:30am - 1pm

Vision of healthcare in the future

Professor Hilary Thomas 
Partner and Chief Medical Adviser, KPMG

NHS 111

Richard Bowen MRPharmS
Programme Director, NHS 111 Wales
Lloyd Hambridge MRPharmS
Pharmacist Practitioner, NHS 111 Wales

NHS 24 and telehealthcare – exploring future possibilities

Dr John McAnaw
Head of Pharmacy, NHS 24
Intergrated urgent care Anne Joshua
Head of Pharmacy Integration, NHS England



Workforce and career development will explore the challenges that face individuals across the profession, looking at ways that you can develop your skills and strengths to maximise career opportunities within your existing role, or when taking the next step in your career. 

The sessions in this stream will provide a snapshot into some emerging or alternative career choices such as working in a GP practice, industry, and urgent and emergency care. They will also look at opportunities to develop resilience, with personal skills development, as well as review of various career paths open to you. We will also be looking at the current issues affecting the workforce including revalidation, and holding a debate on transformative practices for developing the workforce. 

Chair: Clare Howard FFRPS FRPharmS, Independent Adviser Medicines Optimisation, Clare Howard Associates, 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 Oakley MRPharmS 
Teaching and Research Fellow, Organisational Psychology and HRM Dept. of Management, King's College, London

Dr Rose Marie Parr FFRPS FRPharmS 
Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Scottish Government

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

Andrew Evans MRPharmS
Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Welsh Government

Workforce development: Right number, place and time Christopher John MRPharmS
RPS Workforce Development Support, Royal Pharmaceutical Society


New, alternative, and emerging careers

Time Title Speakers
4pm - 5:30pm

Snapshot review of  alternative and emerging roles for the profession


  • Pharmacist in GP practice
  • Prisons
  • Accident & Emergency
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Academia
  • Care Homes


Dr Lawrence Brad
GP Partner, Westbourne Medical Centre

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

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

Dr Graham Stretch
Senior Pharmacist, Ealing GP Federation


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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

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

Revalidation Q&A

Nigel Clarke
Chair, General Pharmaceutical Council
Professor Peter Kopelman
Emeritus Professor of Medicine, St George's, University of London
Catherine Duggan
Director of Professional Development and Support, RPS 


Developing personal skills

Time Title Speakers
11:30am - 1pm

Developing professional and personal wellbeing and resilience

Jamie Hayes FFRPS MRPharmS
Director, Welsh Medicines Resource Centre, All Wales Therapeutics & Toxicology Centre

James Rind
Director, Trainer and Clinical Lead and Occupational Health Physiotherapist, Workstrong and University of South Wales



Our brand new interactive Learning zone for 2017 will provide an opportunity for you to attend a variety of workshops, insight-led sessions, debates, and demonstrations tailored to your learning needs. 

The smaller group environment will encourage an open and interactive approach to learning, and is a fantastic opportunity to enhance your CPD record. We'll be hosting a debate on OTC, a CV and interview skills workshop, professional development sessions (including Faculty, Foundation and leadership),  and error reporting standards demonstrations.  

The Spotlight sessions give you a great chance to focus in on current issues of importance to the profession, and delve into details. The fast paced sessions will focus on a number of key topics including looking at research in practice, and a much talked about topic, automation, in our debate; 'Dispense with dispensing'.

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Learning zone

Spotlight session

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2pm - 3:30pm Pharmacists leading integrated care in cardiovascular disease – interactive talk
Supported by Novartis
Dr Rani Khatib
Consultant Pharmacist in Cardiology & Cardiovascular Clinical Research, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Leeds
Debate: Dispense with dispensing? Chair: Sandra Gidley 
Alistair Murray
Clinical Lead, Green Light Pharmacy 

Stephen Messham MPharm ARPharmS
President, British Pharmaceutical Students' Association

Tess Fenn 
President, Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK

Dr Pervaise Khan MRPharmS
Managing Director, Accenture Life Sciences Strategy

Mark Koziol MRPharmS
Chairman, The Pharmacists' Defence Association 

Realities of working in a GP practice

Elaine Thomson MFRPSII MRPharmS
Locality Team Leader (Pharmacy) Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership

Dr Lawrence Brad
General Practitioner, Westbourne Medical Centre

Steven Williams
Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Westbourne Medical Centre

Getting started with your Faculty journey 

Helen Chang MFRPSII MRPharmS
Head of Foundation and Faculty, Royal Pharmaceutical Society



Learning zone

Time Title Speakers
4pm - 5:30pm Medicines optimisation in care homes: how pharmacists can improve outcomes for people living in care settings Wasim Baqir FRPharmS
Lead Clinical Pharmacist, Norhumberland Vanguard, Northumbia healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 

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

Dr Helen Vosper
Lecturer, Teaching Fellow, Robert Gordon University

Sue Hignett
Professor of Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety, Loughborough University

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Learning zone

Spotlight session: Practice Research

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9:30am - 11am

Leadership framework in practice

Ann Page FRPharmS
Lead Pharmacist - Education & Training, Medicine Healthgroup, Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust

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

Professor Christine Bond FFRPS FRPharmS
Professor of Primary Care, University of Aberdeen

Moving into the role of a GP practice based pharmacist Ravi Sharma MRPharmS
Programme Clinical lead (Clinical Pharmacy) General Practice Workforce Team Operations and Information Directorate Central Team, NHS England

National evaluation of GP pharmacists

Dr Matthew Boyd MRPharmS
Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Practice, University of Nottingham

RPS Professional Development Programmes Beth Ward MFRPSII MRPharmS,
Head of Professional Development, RPS

How to improve pharmacy support in Care Homes – A national challenge

Timothy Banner, MFRPSII MRPharmS
Consultant Pharmacist, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board




Learning zone

Time Title Speakers
11:30am - 1pm

Improving patient safety and changing culture; responding to rebalancing programme and the RPS error reporting standards 

Annamarie McGregor MRPharmS
Practice Development Lead, RPS


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