Michelle was a co-founder of the PCPA in 1999 and has been their communications manager ever since. She worked within the NHS for nine years, before moving into a sales and marketing role for a publishing and medical education company for 8 years. She manages the PCPA's secretariat, events, marketing and is responsible for professional liaison and partnerships. Michelle also runs her own company, Pharmacomm Ltd, specialising in pharmacy medical communications projects.
Liz has extensive experience as a primary care pharmacist and hospital pharmacist in senior and consultancy positions. Liz is qualified as an independent prescriber and encourages PCPA members in the development of this role. Liz has an elected member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board and was the EPB Board Lead for Medicines Optimisation. Liz was awarded Fellowship of the RPS in 2014 for services to the profession of pharmacy. Liz is raising the profile of members of the PCPA by lobbying with other professional and patient groups to highlight the unique contribution that primary care pharmacists can make to better outcomes from medicines by working alongside GP and nurse clinical pharmacist colleagues.
Liz is currently managing a nursing home medication review service in Brighton and Hove with a focus on reducing problematic polypharmacy and improving outcomes. Liz is also Clinical Lead for Medicines Optimisation for Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network.
“I see an essential role for the PCPA promoting the benefits of Pharmacists as leaders of Medicines Optimisation to commissioners of health and social care and to contribute their professional expertise to improve appropriate and safe use of medicines. Increasingly this will involve working in collaboration with other Pharmacy organisations to promote comprehensive person-centred pharmaceutical care throughout the patient pathway, including medication review and medicines adherence. The PCPA has recently launched several key specialist groups, the largest of which is the Practice Pharmacists’ Groups (PPG). We hope that these groups will develop as essential national networks for our members. We are planning to build upon the success of our June members conference and will work with our partners to ensure that all our members see these events as a must attend day in their busy calendars.
The PCPA Committee is fortunate to have experienced and talented Primary Care Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians from across the country who jointly plan events and resources.”
Graham trained as a pharmacist at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, qualifying in 1993. He next worked at Liverpool School of Medicine on the pharmacokinetics of mesalazine in ulcerative colitis. His PhD (1997) at the Pharmacy and Medical Schools in Manchester, jointly with Glaxo, examined absorption of cardiac and anti-viral drugs. His Post-Doctoral research/teaching fellowship focused on the pharmacokinetics of HIV, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine drugs and antioxidants in olive oil at the School of Pharmacy, Adelaide, Australia.
Returning to the UK in 2000, Graham returned to primary care practice in Ealing, London where he developed a special interest in Elderly Care. Working jointly with general practitioners he developed integrated working to improve care in Nursing Homes and undertook consultancy work on behalf of Ealing CCG.
In 2010 Graham became a General Practice Pharmacist and is now the director and prescribing lead of a pharmacy team supporting seven GP practices and 23 nursing homes in Ealing. Graham has overarching responsibility for safe prescribing for more than 60,000 NHS patients and 1,200 nursing home patients. Graham is also prescribing lead of a leading internet pharmacy. In the last year this team has been recognised with a number of awards from the BMJ, PCPA, RPS and RCGP.
Graham worked with 17 practices and the GP Federation in Ealing, coordinating a successful bid for the NHS England Clinical Pharmacist pilot. Having been appointed as the Senior Pharmacist for the pilot site, Graham looks forward to playing a part in establishing a sustainable evidence base for the whole pharmacy team as an integral part of general practice.
Lelly Oboh, Consultant Pharmacist (care of older people)
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
Helen is a GP Pharmacist based in Malvern, South Worcestershire under the NHSE pilot scheme. Previously working as a GP Federation pharmacist for SW Healthcare as a supporting lead pharmacist for all 32 practices in South Worcestershire CCG. Helen has experiences in both hospital and community pharmacy also. Attained Postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy Diploma at Keele University in 2007. Independent Prescriber with specialist interest in palliative care and cancer care services. Currently undertaking a MSc. in Advance Clinical Practice at Worcester University.
Helen qualified as a Pharmacy Technician at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital in 1999. She is a member of APTUK and holds SWMIT accreditations in Medicines Management and Final Accuracy Checking. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience of working within the NHS having been employed in Acute Hospital Trusts across the UK for the majority of her career. For the last few years Helen has worked in the Primary Care setting for Livewell Southwest in Plymouth and is currently working on developing a team of Innovative Pharmacy Technicians to work alongside Pharmacists in General practice.
Helen is delighted to be on the committee of the PCPA at this exciting time and looks forward to promoting and developing the new emerging roles for pharmacy technicians in General Practice and Primary care. She fully supports the creation of an integrated Pharmacy system across the wider NHS.