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Aileen Bryson

Practice and Policy Lead, RpS in Scotland

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Currently Deputy Director and policy and practice lead for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Scotland, Aileen has had a varied career in many sectors of the profession. After pre- registration training in hospital she became a community pharmacy owner for seventeen years before moving abroad where she had a short spell in industry and clinical trial work with Hoffman La Roche.  On returning to the UK she worked as a prescribing support pharmacist in Yorkshire before relocating back to Scotland working out of hours as an NHS 24 pharmacy advisor before joining the then regulator RPSGB as a policy lead. She subsequently had a senior manager position as the primary care co-ordinator in NHS Lothian before returning to policy in the new professional body, RPS.

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Frances Fowlie

Senior Pharmacist- Care of Elderly NHS Ayrshire and Arran

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Frances’ current role is as the Senior Pharmacist for the Care of the Elderly Service within NHS Ayrshire and Arran. This involves working in both hospital and intermediate care services. Care of the elderly services within Ayrshire and Arran is currently being redesigned and she is involved in developing service improvements in these areas as well as improving communications with her colleagues in both primary care and community pharmacy. Frances has a long background working within the acute hospital services, especially in care of the elderly and respiratory medicine. She also has been involved in polypharmacy work in primary care.

Frances has an MSc in clinical pharmacy and she is a pharmacist independent prescriber. She has a special interest in the development of the role of the pharmacist within the intermediate care setting and preventing hospital admissions in this group of patients. Frances has extensive experience in this area, having taken a four year secondment to establish the role of the pharmacist within intermediate care teams in North, South and East Ayrshire. She currently manages the pharmacy teams working within the three newly established Health and Social Care Partnerships. One of the most recent challenges for her has been to manage the service through integration between health and social care

Helen Chang

Helen Chang

Head of faculty and foundation, rps

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Helen Chang has worked in various roles at the RPS, including managing the Professional Support service and leading the development of the Pre-Foundation Programme for students and pre-registration trainees. She started her career in community pharmacy. Helen is a member of the RPS Faculty and is currently undertaking a part-time PhD at University College London.

Mara Gilchrist

Mara Gilchrist

Education Development Officer, BPSA

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Mara Gilchrist is about to enter her fourth year at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, although she is originally from Glasgow. Last year, Mara was the Northern Area Coordinator for the BPSA, a role which involved organising two conferences as well as managing a team of BPSA Representatives from four universities. This year, Mara has taken on the role of Education Development Officer. The BPSA aim to engage, empower and inspire all pharmacy students and pre-registration trainees and one of the ways they do this is through encouraging members to enhance their learning outside university.

The BPSA are working with the RPS to develop the Pre-Foundation programme, which will enable members to develop their skills and work with a mentor to reflect on their abilities. Mara is involved in the planning of this, as well as running the BPSA's current Professional Development Scheme.

Sharon Pfleger

Sharon Pfleger

Consultant in Pharmaceutical Public Health, NHS Highland

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Sharon started her professional life in community pharmacy and went on to have a varied career in academia, industry, Centre for Postgraduate Education, pharmaceutical training consultancies and the NHS. Her first NHS posts were as Community Pharmacy Development Officer and then Public Health Advisor for North Nottinghamshire Health Authority which sparked her interest in public health leading to her studying for a Masters degree in Public Health.

She moved to Scotland in 2001 to take up post as Consultant in Pharmaceutical Public Health in NHS Highland and was the Board lead for Pharmaceutical Services, Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer and Sexual Health. She successfully completed rotational training and portfolio development across the ten competencies of public health practice to enable registration as a Generalist Specialist on the UK Public Health Register.

Sharon currently has roles as Chair for the Scottish Reference Board for Pharmacy Management,  Consultant in Pharmaceutical Public Health for NHS Highland, National Clinical Lead for the Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee Collaborative and the Robert Gordon University School of Pharmacy. 

Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips

Pharmacy Management Academy Lead Trainer

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Tom is an inspirational trainer, coach and entrepreneur. Following a very successful 18-year career in pharmaceuticals, where he held senior positions in sales, marketing and training, Tom set up his first training company, TLP ltd. in 2008. Initially focusing on the pharmaceutical industry, TLP has gone from strength to strength and now works with pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies and The N.H.S. in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Tom and TLP started working with Pharmacy Management in 2011. Since then he has designed and delivered all 12 of Pharman’s academy programmes and their extremely successful C.L.I.P. programme.
Tom has designed and delivered training to individuals ranging from new recruits to directors. He also coaches such individuals on a regular basis.

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Angela Shepherd

NES Nursing and Midwifery Practice Educator

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Angela Shepherd works for NHS Education for Scotland as a Nursing and Midwifery Practice Educator. The focus of her current role is to provide and facilitate access to education to support key national priorities, and support patient centred care and quality improvement through the development and delivery of specific education for care professionals in their area of expertise. 

Angela is a first level Registered Nurse and has worked in medicine for the elderly, acute medicine and coronary care, where she was a Senior Charge Nurse. Angela completed an MSc in Nursing and holds a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate. She has a keen interest in the concept of compassion in nursing and the question of whether compassion can be taught. Angela undertook the role of Lead Clinical Educator for the NHS Tayside Health Literacy Demonstrator Programme, which was set up as one of the main recommendations of the Health Literacy Action Plan to identify and address health literacy issues across various clinical areas of the health service.

Freyja Jónsdóttir

Freyja Jónsdóttir

Clinical pharmacist Landspitali University Hospital and Educational Programme Director Postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy, University of Iceland

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Freyja Jónsdóttir graduated from University of Iceland in 2006 and has worked in the hospital sector since with a short stop in community pharmacy. She undertook further education in School of Pharmacy University College London where she did MSc in Clinical Pharmacy International Practice and Policy. After returning to Iceland, Freyja led the implementation of a Foundation training in Clinical Pharmacy at Landspitali University Hospital and University of Iceland in partnership with University College London and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Freyja has also been in the "first wave" group in Iceland implementing the Advanced pharmacy framework and is now going through the Faculty process. Her current role is clinical pharmacist in acute settings at the A&E department and Acute medical unit at Landspitali University Hospital.  She is also the educational programme director for the foundation programme at the University of Iceland. Freyja has been an active member in the Icelandic Pharmaceutical Society and had a leading role in forming the partnership between the Icelandic Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.


Helena Rosado

 Helena Rosado 

Research Manager, Professional Development and Support, RPS  

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Helena Rosado is a registered pharmacist with over ten years’ experience in research. She currently divides her time between the Research and the Professional Development Teams at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, where she contributes to the development, improvement and delivery of the Society’s portfolio of support resources. She leads the development of the RPS Research, Evidence and Evaluation Toolkit and the Knowledge Interface Tool, amongst other professional development and research initiatives. She is also a Lecturer at UCL School of Pharmacy. Before taking up this honorary post, she worked as a Research Associate in pharmacy practice and policy, after having worked for ten years in drug discovery and development, looking at mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and novel ways to treat infectious diseases. She holds a Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Lisbon and a PhD in Medical Microbiology from the University of London.


Millie Galvin

Highly Specialised Clinical Oncology Pharmacist, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, NHS Grampian

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Millie is a hospital pharmacist with ten years experience working in secondary care. She is a pre-registration tutor, an independent prescriber and has a keen interest in developing extended clinical roles for pharmacists. Her most recent post is within cancer services as a highly specialist clinical oncology pharmacist. She is currently setting up a joint nurse – pharmacist clinic for review and prescribing of oral chemotherapy for malignant melanoma and lung cancer patients in NHS Grampian.

In 2016 Millie was one of the pharmacists to take part in the first Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy Programme in Scotland. 

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Siobhann McGuinness

Senior Practice Pharmacist, NHS Fife

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Beth Ward

Head of Professional Development, RPS

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Beth Ward is the Head of Professional Development at the RPS. 

She has extensive experience in both hospital and community pharmacy, and led the development of the RPS Foundation Programme. In 2016 she co-authored the RPS Roadmap to Advanced Practice, describing structured career paths for pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists across all stages and areas of practice.

Gordon Johnston

Gordon Johnston

Chair of Bipolar Scotland

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Gordon was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2007 and is now active in several voluntary sector mental health organisations. He is past Chair of VOX (Voices of Experience – the national collective advocacy organisation in mental health) and Chair of Bipolar Scotland. He is also an active member of Klackun, the service user voice in Clackmannanshire. Gordon carries out paid consultancy work in the areas of peer research, community development and organisational development in the metal health field.

Gordon has previously worked in the public and voluntary sectors in areas including community development, managing a local community engagement organisation, co-ordinating the distribution of National Lottery and European funding, project development in several urban regeneration initiatives in Glasgow and project managing elements of the merger that led to the creation of the Big Lottery Fund. 

Gordon is active at a national level, sitting on the Scottish Government’s Psychological Therapies Monitoring and Implementation Group, the Health and Social Care Action Group of the Scottish National Action Plan on Human Rights and the Our Voice Delivery and Oversight Group. He has been a member of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme’s Mental Health Delivery Group as a service user representative since its inception in 2013. He was recently appointed as a Board member of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland by the Minister for Mental Health.

Johnathan Laird

Johnathan Laird

Community pharmacist and member of the Scottish Pharmacy Board

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Johnathan is a community pharmacy manager working in rural Aberdeenshire. He has been qualified for ten years and is an independent prescriber. Johnathan has an interest in managing patients with asthma. He currently manages asthma patients in his local GP practice and is working towards managing this caseload of patients within the community pharmacy setting.

Future read/write access to the patient records, increased autonomy for pharmacists and promotion of the important emerging role of community pharmacy independent prescribers are topics of interest. Johnathan co-edits the pharmacy magazine website in Scotland called Pharmacy in Practice.

Pamela Mills

Pamela Mills

Principal Pharmacist – Redesign, NHS Ayrshire and Arran

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Pamela’s current role involves leading on the redesign of pharmacy services which includes developing and implementing procedures for new ways of working to ensure efficient practice, patient safety and service improvements for patient.

She is currently leading the redesign to the care of the elderly pharmacy services. This encompasses pharmacy services in the hospital, care homes, care at home and integrated care services with links to community pharmacists too. Pamela is a qualified pharmacist independent prescriber and she does clinical sessions in the Emergency Department, University Hospital Crosshouse. She received an ABPI Pharmacy award in 2006 for innovative pharmaceutical care provision in a Clinical Decisions Unit. I am a fellow of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (Cohort 2).

Pamela has completed a Doctorate of Professional Practice from Robert Gordon University in 2016. Her research assessed the impact of implementation of a hospital electronic prescribing and medicines administration (HEPMA) system specifically focusing on discharge communication and prescribing errors.

Ted Butler

Ted Butler

Chairman, Pharmacy Management

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Ted has been with the organisation since its inception in 1985.

Pharmacy Management started life with the publishing of the quarterly Journal of Pharmacy Management (JoPM) which is still in existence today. The company developed from publishing in to delivering Conferences in all four nations in the UK and has created the Pharmacy Management Academy www.pharman.co.uk/pm-leadership/pm-academy which offers pharmacists training in personal and developmental skills.

Allied to the Academy is the Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy programme www.pharman.co.uk/pm-leadership/clip which launched first in Scotland in 2016.

Pharmacy Management is a Partner of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society /United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association and the Medicines Optimisation/Innovation Centre of Northern Ireland.

Ted is now based in Australia where the company is about to commence working with the Australian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.

Elaine Thomson

Elaine Thomson

Team Leader, Dundee Locality Pharmacy Service and member of the Scottish pharmacy board

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Elaine began her career specialising in Medicines Information in the NHS and industry, before moving into Primary Care 15 years ago. She has held clinical posts in primary and secondary care and worked in community pharmacy. 

Elaine is currently Team Leader for the Dundee Locality Pharmacy Service and has a clinical commitment in General Practice and Intermediate Care. Her main area of interest is prescribing in frail older people, living in care homes.

Graham Kramer

Graham Kramer

GP Principal, Annat Bank Practice, Montrose

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Dr Graham Kramer has been a GP at Annat Bank Practice, in Montrose, Tayside, for the past 22 years. He has had a strong interest in the primary care management of people living with long term conditions and the challenge of delivering person-centred care and supporting self-management. In 2004 he took a sabbatical in New Zealand, studying for a postgraduate diploma in general practice. Since 2011, until July 2016 he has worked part-time with the Scottish government as National Clinical Lead for Self-management and Health Literacy. His work has been looking at ways healthcare and polices can support and enable people with long term conditions to have more confidence, understanding, knowledge and skills, to be in the driving seat of their health and care. He is Chair of Scotland’s House of Care Executive, supporting the adoption and spread of Care and Support Planning for people with long term conditions. He is currently RCGP (Scotland) Executive Officer for Patients and Public in Practice (P3) Group.

Lucy Skea

Lucy Skea

Specialist Pharmacist in Substance Misuse, NHS Grampian 

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Lucy has been a pharmacist for 20 years and started her career in hospital pharmacy as a basic grade in Aberdeen after completing her pre-registration year at Kings College Hospital, London.

Lucy, following some community pharmacy locums, decided to change career and undertake roles in community pharmacy full time, working in a busy high street pharmacy.

She took a break from pharmacy in the UK to travel around Asia and Australia. While in Australia Lucy registered in two states and worked as a pharmacist, funding her travels. On returning to the UK in 2003 Lucy returned to work as a community pharmacy locum before securing her current post as Substance Misuse pharmacist.

Lucy has worked across many sectors of pharmacy including hospital, community pharmacy & primary care. She has gained a wealth of experience in her current specialist field of addictions both from the clinicians and teams she has worked with and nationally through collaborating with the SPISMs (Specialist Pharmacists in Substance Misuse group for Scotland)

Lucy is motivated and passionate in her job with a natural ability to want the best for everyone no matter what the health issue or chronic illness they may be suffering from. She has recently re-invigorated her passion for community pharmacy and is embracing the rewarding interactions working as a locum brings.

“I am so glad that OTC/prescribed dependence is finally getting the attention it deserves”

Rose Marie Parr

Rose Marie Parr


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Rose Marie Parr undertook her pharmacy undergraduate degree and postgraduate degrees at the School of Pharmacy at Strathclyde University Glasgow and her Doctorate in Education at Glasgow University. She has worked in hospital pharmacy in the 1980-1990s in various posts in Lanarkshire Health Board and Forth Valley Health Board areas. In 1993 she became the Director of Postgraduate Pharmacy Education for Scotland known as SCPPE (or SKIPPY) to pharmacists.  SCPPE had a remit for all postgraduate education for pharmacists in the NHS. 

In April 2002 SCPPE was brought together with other professional educational groups into the special health Board, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) which has a remit for all NHS staff in Scotland.  Rose Marie Parr was the Director of Pharmacy for NHS Education for Scotland. Rose Marie is also past Chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) and a designated Fellow of the RPSGB and a RPS Faculty Fellow.

Rose Marie currently holds honorary Professorships at both Scottish Schools of Pharmacy; Strathclyde University in Glasgow and Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Since June 1st 2015 , Rose Marie has taken up the post of Chief Pharmaceutical Officer (CPO) for Scotland, and is the policy and professional lead for Pharmaceutical Care and the NHS Pharmaceutical services across Scotland.

Tom Byrne

Tom Byrne

Secretary general, BPSA

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Tom Byrne graduated from Sunderland School of Pharmacy in 2017 and is currently undertaking his pre-registration training year with Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Leeds South and East CCG. In his role as Secretary General of the British Pharmaceutical Students' Association, Tom led the rollout of a survey of current pharmacy students to explore their aspirations and expectations for their education and careers. The survey garnered 1374 responses, and based on these Tom authored 'Aspirations and Expectations of Pharmacy Students', a discussion paper setting out the views of the coming generation of pharmacists.

The BPSA aim to widely disseminate these findings and work with schools of pharmacy and various pharmacy organisations to deliver changes to the MPharm degree, pre-registration training, and practice of pharmacy.