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Clinical Specialists Group Committee


Lelly Oboh – Clinical Specialist Group Chair

Lelly Oboh, FRPharmS,  IPresc , PGClinDip

Lelly Oboh is a Consultant Pharmacist (care of older people) with over 20 years experience in community settings within and outside the NHS.  She has considerable experience working within general practice and integrated care teams to optimise medicines use as part of routine patient care

Her leadership role involves championing innovative pharmacy service developments, showcasing and driving uptake at local and national levels. She actively promotes best practice through facilitating effective partnerships between the NHS, Social care, statutory and professional bodies using a whole systems approach to drive change and equip wider workforce to deliver medicines optimisation. She is keen to develop extended roles for pharmacists within integrated care teams for frail older people in community and care home settings and has pioneered a model of “community clinical pharmacy teams”, which has been replicated by other NHS organisations. These models focus on active engagement with older people (carers), developing personalised solutions to improve adherence, better care co-ordination at handover points and improving medicines use in social care settings. 

She is a well sought after inspiring speaker and teaches a range of health and social care practitioners as well as pharmacists at various levels. She has written publications and developed practical resources that are widely accessible to support practitioners involved with older people. Her areas of interest include patient centred approach to managing polypharmacy and deprescribing, frailty, care co-ordination, transfer of care, medicines in care homes and social care settings

 

Anna Hodgkinson – Diabetes Chair

Anna Hodgkinson, MRPharmS MSc PgClinDip IPresc

Anna has recently been appointed as Consultant Pharmacist for Diabetes and works in a multidisciplinary intermediate care team to improve outcomes for people with Type 2 diabetes. Anna’s day to day role includes development of local and sector wide guidelines as well as undertaking community diabetes clinics, focusing on those with complex medication regimes, multi-morbidity and problems with adherence.

Anna has worked in primary care for 15 years and has undertaken a number of roles including practice based pharmacist, service redesign manager and senior commissioning pharmacist. Anna has also worked as a clinical lead for local and sector wide diabetes transformation programmes developing a number of resources to support colleagues in primary and secondary care support people with diabetes.

Anna completed her Masters in Diabetes in 2016, focusing on GLP-1 analogue use in her final dissertation. Anna is keen to work with, and support colleagues working in primary care and share learning to improve outcomes for people with diabetes.

Sarah Zeraschi – Nutrition and Hydration Chair

 

Sarah is Consultant Nutrition Pharmacist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.  The role includes directing parenteral, enteral and oral nutrition support in adults and children, and working across the whole healthcare community.  She assists in leading the Leeds multidisciplinary Intestinal Failure services. Previous posts have specialised in Nutrition, Microbiology & Infection Control, Surgery, Gastroenterology, Medicines Information & Clinical Trials, and as Aseptic Services Manager.  She is an independent non-medical prescriber.

Sarah holds a number of positions: Vice-Chair, British Pharmaceutical Nutrition Group (BPNG); Regional representative, British Association for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition; Secretary, Yorkshire & Humber Nutrition Network; BPNG representative, British Artificial Nutrition Survey Committee and Intestinal Failure Clinical Working Group; CMU stakeholder group member, Home Parenteral Nutrition.  She lectures on the MPharm course at Huddersfield University.

Professional interests are in intestinal failure, administration of medication via enteral feeding tubes, and malnutrition, and how pharmacy professionals are able to impact patient care in these crucial areas

 

Emma Davies – Pain Group Chair

Emma is an Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner and has worked in pain management for around 12 years.  She developed her interest in supported self-management whilst working in the Southampton Pain Service. 

Currently working in South Wales, Emma provides pain management clinics in primary care, working with GPs, pharmacists and the primary care teams.  Emma also teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level, develops guidelines and educational materials and provides advice to Welsh Government on pain management.  

Emma is currently studying for a PhD, examining trends in opioid prescribing and healthcare resource utilisation in Wales. In addition, she was recently appointed Chair of the Primary Care Pharmacy Association Pain Group. Emma is also on the Executive Committee of the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition - an all-party group which lobbies Westminster to improve the lives of people living with pain. 

 

Anna Murphy – Respiratory Chair

Dr Anna Murphy MRPharmS (IP) Dpharm

Consultant Respiratory Pharmacist, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Anna Murphy is a consultant respiratory pharmacist at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and honarary visiting professor at DeMontfort University.  The clinical aspect of her post offers assessment, medicines optimisation, monitoring and advice to people with respiratory disease, working both in hospital and primary care.

 

Helen Williams – Cardiovascular Chair

 

Helen Williams  FFRPS FRPharmS PgDip(Cardiol) IPresc. - Consultant Pharmacist for Cardiovascular Disease

As Consultant Pharmacist for CVD Disease, Helen is involved in a wide range of activities across South London to improve the care of patients with or at risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).  Helen chairs the local cardiovascular medicines working group which develops and supports the implementation of consensus evidence-based guidance for use across South London’s 12 clinical commissioning groups and 7 acute trusts, covering a population of 3.6million. 

Currently, there is a strong focus on medicines optimisation for long terms conditions such as heart failure, hypertension and atrial fibrillation with the aim of reducing the burden of acute hospital admissions and she has been involved in supporting primary care practitioners through guideline implementation, clinical audit and provision of pharmacist-led virtual clinics.  A key focus over recent years has been to increase the proportion of patients with AF who are anticoagulated to reduce the incidence of AF-related stroke and Helen is now focusing on the rollout of mobile ECG devices to improve the detection of AF. 

Helen is the clinical lead for CVD within two South London CCGs, Clinical Director for AF in the local Health Innovation Network, National Clinical Adviser to the collaborative AF programme of the 15 Academic Health Science Networks across England and also co-chair of the Pan-London stroke prevention in Atrial Fibrillation strategy group.   In addition, Helen is an editorial board member for the British Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of Medicines Optimisation, has worked with NICE on the development of a number of cardiovascular guidelines and is a member of the NHS England Primary Care Cardiovascular Leadership Forum and the London Cardiovascular and Stroke Strategic Clinical Leadership Groups.

 

 

 

TBC – Mental Health Chair


 

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