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Helen Whiteside

Regional Ambassador - North East

Medicines Optimisation Pharmacist

Helen is an experienced pharmacist and independent prescriber whose passions are care of the older people, safe and effective medicines systems to deliver medicines and patient safety; and management of polypharmacy through medicines optimisation and Deprescribing.


She collaborates with other key national leaders to advocate for pharmacists as medicines experts to be considered fundamental members of multidisciplinary teams and to realise the vision of clinical pharmacists based in the community and care homes delivering direct patient care.


She is currently employed by NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group as a Medicines Optimisation Pharmacist where she uses her expert clinical practice in 7 GP practices to provide these reviews for people living in care homes and those who are not but are identified as at risk from polypharmacy.


She is currently employed in Leeds as a PCN Senior Clinical Pharmacist where she uses her expert clinical practice to provide Structured Medication Reviews for people living in community at risk from polypharmacy,