RPS Annual Conference 2019: Medicines Safety Agenda  


This year’s exciting programme will focus on medicines safety, one of the most challenging and dominant issues facing healthcare systems on a global scale.



Current Programme

When registering you'll be asked to choose which morning and which afternoon parellel stream you want to attend. 







09:00 – 10:00

Registration, Breakfast, Exhibition, Networking

10:00 – 10:20


Paul Bennett, RPS Chief Executive and Sandra Gidley, RPS President

10:20 – 11:00

Putting Pharmacy at the Forefront of Healthcare

Exciting announcement to follow!

11:00 – 11:30

Refreshments, Exhibition, Networking

11:10 – 11:25

Presentation by Bronze Sponsor: FDB

Interested in sponsoring a session? 

11:30 – 13:00

Global Patient Safety Challenge

Leading Safety Through Building Networks

Your Safety at the Forefront

Your RPS

Welcome from the Chair

Alpana Mair, Head of Effective Prescribing and Therapeutics, Scottish Government and Polypharmacy Lead, World Health Organisation (WHO)

Welcome from the Chair

Amandeep Doll, Professional Development Lead, RPS and previous Clinical Fellow

Welcome from the Chair  

Danielle Hunt, Chief Executive, Pharmacist Support

Welcome from the Chairs  

Responding to the WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Success and Challenges Across the World

Alpana Mair              

Building Effective Networks

Samrina Bhatti, CPhO Clinical Fellow 2018/19, Specialist Pharmacy Service 
Nicola Wake, Specialist Pharmacist: Lead Medication Safety, Specialist Pharmacy Service

My Most Memorable Mistake

Connie Sharrock, Programme Manager - Patient Safety, Innovation Agency

How We Support Our Members

Medication Safety Use Network


RPS Inclusion and Diversity


Workplace Courage: Supporting a Patient Safety Culture

Jamie Hayes, Executive Coach and RPS Wales Pharmacy Board Member

Workforce Wellbeing

Local Innovation in Practice
England: Me and My Medicines

Graham Prestwich, Public and Patient Engagement Lead, Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network
Scotland: Measuring and Monitoring of Safety: Review of Sodium Valproate Prescribing

Laura Byrne, Associate Director of Pharmacy - Primary Care, NHS Forth Valley 
Wales: MedicinesCymru - Learning from What Goes Right
Paul Gimson, National Programme Manager for Primary Care, Public Health Wales

Bring Your Best Self To Work 

Asif Sadiq, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, The Telegraph, and Inclusion and Diversity Chair, RPS

EDeN Deprescribing Network: 5 Month Impact

Cherise Howson, Co-Chair, EDeN Deprescribing Network

Emma McClay, Co-Chair, EDeN Deprescribing Network


Supporting the Future of Pharmacy

International Networks: Promoting the Safe and Effective Use of Medicines Globally

Claire Brandish, CPhO Global Health Fellow and Lead Anti-Infectives Pharmacist, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Why We All Need to Invest in Our Mental Wealth

Harpreet Chana, Mental Wealth Academy

Increasing the Profile of Pharmacists

Panel Q&A

Panel Q&A

Panel Q&A

Chairs Closing Commens 

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch, Exhibition, Networking

13:20 – 13:50

Lunch Symposium:

Standards, Frameworks and Assessment of Practice: a safe and effective pharmacy workforce

Lunch Symposium:

70 Years of the BNF

Presentation by Platinum Sponsor:
Charles Derby 


14:00 – 16:00

Shared Decision Making

In collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners

Leading Safety Across a System

Technology – Taking My Job or Taking Off the Pressure?


Welcome from the Chair

Samuel Finnikin, Academic GP, Royal College of General Practitioners

Welcome from the Chair

Rahul Singal, Chief Pharmacist, North East London Foundation Trust

Welcome from the Chair

Welcome from the Chair

My Experience:

Patient Story

Katie Clarke-Day

Primary Care Networks

Helen Kilminster, PCN Clinical Director and Pharmacist, The Slieve Surgery

How Technology and AI Can Enable Professional Excellence
Darrin Baines, Professor of Health Economics

Putting Pharmacy at the Forefront of Healthcare

Claire Anderson, Chair, and Martin Astbury, Vice Chair, English Pharmacy Board

Suzanne Scott-Thomas, Chair, and Cheryl Way, Vice Chair, Welsh Pharmacy Board

Jonathan Burton, Chair, and Ewan Black, Vice Chair, Scottish Pharmacy Board

The What and The Why

Nina Barnett, Consultant Pharmacist, London North West University NHS Trust 

Value-based Practice in Action

Ashok Handa, Associate Professor of Surgery and Consultant Vascular Surgeon

Future Pharmacy System Leaders in Practice

Jane Brown, Chair Pharmacy LPN, Greater Manchester HSCP


Right Alert, Right Patient, Right Time
Itohan Evbuomwan, Senior Pharmacist, Optum UK and Dr Julian Brown, Clinical Lead, Prescribing Services Limited


Examples of Use in Practice

Nina Barnett

Local Innovation in Practice
England: Forum for Injection Technique: Multidisciplinary Team Education
Chris Maguire, Marketing Manager, BD and Pharmacist 
Scotland: Reducing NSAID Harm Across Scotland. A Cross-Sectoral Approach 

Mark Easton, National Clinical Lead Pharmacist, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Wales: Discharge Medicines Review 
Cheryl Way, National Pharmacy and Medicines Management Lead, NHS Wales Informatics Service and RPS Wales Pharmacy Board Vice Chair

Delivering Data Driven Care Today

Brian MacKenna, Specialist Pharmacist Adviser & Medicines Data Clinical Lead, NHS England and NHS Improvement


Discussion and Debate


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Social Prescribing Outcomes in Healthcare

Mohan Sekeram, GP, Merton CCG

Reducing Medication Errors

Tony Avery, Professor of Primary Care, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham

Competency Framework for Designated Prescribing Practitioners

Adele Mott, CPhO Clinical Fellow 2018-19, RPS

Online Pharmacy: Impact on Patient Safety

Dr Amira Guirguis, Senior Lecturer and MPharm Programme Director, Swansea University Medical School

Evidence Based Medicine
Samuel Finnikin

Panel Q&A

Panel Q&A

Panel Q&A

16:00 – 16:30

Refreshments, Exhibition, Networking

16:30 – 17:15

Closing Keynote Discussion:

The Future of Medicines Safety

Chaired by: Professor Gino Martini, Chief Scientist, RPS

Professor Rose Marie Parr, Chief Pharmacist for Scotland

Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, Chair, MHRA

Professor Phil Routledge CBE, Medicines Safety Expert

Sunayana Shah, Pharmaceutical Consultant and Medicines Safety Expert

17:15 – 17:30

Closing Remarks

Paul Bennett, RPS Chief Executive and Sandra Gidley, RPS President