Great North Pharmacy Research Collaborative Conference 2019

05/07/2019 8:30 am @ St. James' Park

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Adam Todd

Alastair Paterson

Duncan Stewart

Emma McClay The English Deprescribing Network

Paula Russell

Sue Hart and Hilary Allan

Breakout Sessions

Acute Kidney Injury management in Primary Care

An Audit of Polypharmacy on a General Medical Ward

An Explorative Qualitative-based Evaluation of Pharmacist Integration within Urgent Care Settings

Collaborative Workplace Learning

Developing the advanced practice role in older adult Psychiatry

Hospital Pharmacist’s views on training and support provided during early career years

Integrating the Pharmacy Service into Traditional Medical Roles in an Acute Setting

Investigation into the prescribing practice for patients post renal transplantation with type II diabetes mellitus

Speaking Up a team based approach to patient safety

The KidzMed Project

Virtual Patient Technology to Teach Clinical Pharmacists NOAC Counselling

World Café

Practice research, clinical audit and quality improvement are fundamental to improving the quality and care for our patients. The Great North Pharmacy Research Collaborative aims to bring together pharmacy colleagues from across the profession in the North East and North Cumbria to share, spread and adopt best and evidence based practice.

In line with the changes in the NHS outlined on the Long Term Plan, the theme for our annual conference is Pharmacy Working Together: delivering safer care. We are delighted to welcome, Dr Adam Todd, Reader in Pharmaceutical Public Health, Newcastle University, School of Pharmacy and Paula Russell, Lead Pharmacist, Integrating Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation (IPMO), Cumbria and the North East.  Paula will talk about system leadership and how we all can work across organisational boundaries to provide better and safer care.

We will showcase pre-registration projects and work undertaken by pharmacy professionals from hospital, community and primary care, as well as examples of research undertaken at our local academic institutions. Crucially, this event will be an opportunity to meet peers and leaders from across the profession, to share, learn, support and be supported. By working together as one pharmacy team across multiple organisations and sectors we have a unique opportunity to improve quality of care, reduce risk of harm from medicines and increase efficiencies.


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This event has been supported by the following companies. The companies listed have in no way influenced the agenda: Takeda, NAPP, Allergology Laboratory, Allergan, Omnicell, Rokshaw Ltd, Fresenius Kabi, Abbott

Laura Tweddle

Lead Pharmacist for Education, Training and Patient Safety

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Laura Tweddle is Lead Pharmacist for Education & Training, Patient Safety at South Tees Hospitals and a member of the Great North Pharmacy Research Collaborative, sitting on the conference committee this year.

‏Twitter: @SouthTees  @TweddleLaura


Dr Adam Todd

Reader in Pharmaceutical Public Health

Newcastle University, School of Pharmacy

Adam Todd is a Reader in Pharmaceutical Public Health at Newcastle University. He is a qualified pharmacist registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council.  He was previously a Senior Lecturer at Durham University where he held the roles of MPharm Programme Director, Director of Education, and Deputy Director of the Centre of Health and Inequalities Research (CHIR).

Adam is actively involved in delivering the MPharm Programme at Newcastle; he approaches pharmacy education in an integrated way, and combines both science and practice elements in his teaching. Using this integrated approach, Adam has published two international books (Wiley) exploring the use of antibacterial and anticancer agents in clinical practice.

He is an academic member of the General Pharmaceutical Council Accreditation and Recognition Panel and also contributes to the national pharmacist registration exam in his role as a question writer.

His research is highly interdisciplinary, and uses methods from the social sciences, public health, clinical medicine, and epidemiology.  He is an academic editor for PLOS ONE, and a member of the NIHR RfPB regional advisory panel for the North East and Cumbria.

He previously led a research team that explored healthcare access of community pharmacy; the research showed that community pharmacy access is greatest in the most deprived areas – a term that was later called the ‘positive pharmacy care law’.  This research has underpinned the developed of many community pharmacy public health services in the UK. A current research project, an NIHR-funded trial, CHEMIST (Community pHarmaciEs Mood Intervention Study), seeks to build on this work, and explore how community pharmacies can be used to deliver psychological support to people with subthreshold depression.

He was a key collaborator of the HiNEWS project (Health Inequalities in European Welfare States) along with academic partners from York (UK), Siegen (Germany), Harvard (US), and Trondheim (Norway).

Adam is also interested in rational use of medicines; specifically, his research focuses on optimising medication in vulnerable populations, such as in older adults, or those with life limiting illness.  He is part of an international group of researchers that seek to reduce inappropriate medication use and polypharmacy. He is involved in a number of international collaborative projects in this area, with academics from Australia (Sydney), Sweden (Karolinska Institutet), and the US (Texas).

He still contributes to the care of patients on a regular basis; he is an honorary consultant pharmacist and works alongside the palliative care Multidisciplinary Team providing guidance on (de)prescribing; he also works as a community pharmacist delivering public health interventions to the local community.


Alastair Paterson

Clinical Pharmacist

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Al developed a passion for research as an undergraduate at Durham University, where he co-authored papers on interprofessional education and community pharmacy lifestyle interventions. Research interests in deprescribing led to a collaborative project (Sydney University) exploring the effect of clinical guidelines on polypharmacy. In his pre-registration year, research interests focused on improving the quality of transfer of care communication, for which he won the GNPRC award for best oral presentation.

At NTW he works on admission, rehabilitation, neuropsychiatry and older people’s psychiatry wards. In his clinical practice he utilises concepts identified through research to rationalise the use of medicines in psychiatric care.

He is involved in undergraduate teaching at Newcastle University and is a recently registered member of the General Pharmaceutical Council Accreditation Panel.

Recently Al has secured funding from the Academic Health Science Network to undertake a project aimed at encouraging clinicians to reduce inappropriate hypnotic use.

Twitter: @NTWNHS  @Al_Paterson94


Dr Duncan Stewart

Senior Lecturer in Addictive Behaviours and Public Health UK

University of York

Dr Duncan Stewart has a background in sociology with long standing research interests in treatment approaches for people with drug and/or alcohol problems.  He leads  a portfolio of work on ageing, multimorbidity and alcohol consumption



Sue Hart

Health Programme Manager


Sue is a Registered General Nurse, educated to masters’ level and holds numerous qualifications in the management of respiratory disease. She has over 40 years of specialist knowledge and experience within both the NHS and pharmaceutical industry. Sue also works in general practice on a clinical consultancy basis, managing patients with respiratory conditions.

Sue began working with the AHSN NENC in 2014 leading a COPD project in the west of Newcastle. In 2015 she took on the role of Respiratory Programme Lead across the NENC with responsibility for the development of a three-year programme of education, innovation and support to meet the needs of the region. The Respiratory Programme currently includes various projects supporting the management of both asthma and COPD.

In April 2018 Sue took over the management of the Bone Health Programme, working to develop and implement specific service transformation initiatives in this area. A project recently completed in conjunction with Newcastle Gateshead and North Tyneside CCGs has been able to demonstrate significant cost saving potential.

Sue also leads the Polypharmacy workstream of the Medicines Optimisation Programme as well as the Faecal Calprotectin Pathway implementation

Twitter: @AHSN_NENC


Hilary Allan

Research Delivery Manager


As a Physical Chemist, Hilary spent 20 years of her career in science and innovation within industry, undertaking roles initially in molecular characterisation and developing through collaborative programmes and external research. Interests included collaborative partnership with UK and international HEIs and in 2008, she undertook a career change to become R&D Manager in TEWV NHS Foundation Trust. With the advent of the new NIHR Clinical Research Network infrastructure in 2014, her role has been to operationally manage delivery of community based research across the region. Current priorities seek to expand success of participant engagement in research from a general practice setting into other non-traditional settings. These will includes community pharmacy, dental practices, care homes and most recently, non NHS settings such as schools, prisons and local authority settings. Hilary will present how the CRN infrastructure may be accessed by Community Pharmacists seeking to pursue a research career.

Twitter: @NIHRCRN_NENCumb




Paula Russell

Lead Pharmacist

Integrating Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation (IPMO), Cumbria and the North East

Paula is on secondment to NHS England as Pharmacist Lead for the Integrating Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation into the North Cumbria and North East ICS Pilot, having moved to that role from National NHS 111 Pharmacy Lead. She continues to work part-time as Principal Pharmacist for Medicines Information at the Regional Drug and Therapeutic Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne, where she has worked supporting the MI, UK Teratology Information Service (UKTIS) and National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) enquiry answering services and also worked to support local CCG Medicines Optimisation.  She was Pharmacy Advisor to North East Ambulance Service for 8 years and continues to use her experience in pre-hospital care as National Pharmaceutical Advisor to the British Red Cross. Paula was NHS Direct Pharmacy Lead (North East) for 11 years under a local and UKMI SLA. She worked in community pharmacy before moving to hospital pharmacy both here and in Ireland. Prior to studying pharmacy Paula taught maths and chemistry in Ireland – and had long summer holidays!


Emma McClay

Co-chair and Executive Member English Deprescribing Network

Twitter: @EDeprescribeN     @Emma_McClay

Emma has enjoyed working for the NHS through a variety of roles in primary and secondary care. Her work directly helping patients to make informed decisions regarding their healthcare ignited her passion for person centred care. Through EDeN, she hopes to support patients take the medicines they choose to take.

Pre-registration Presentations


Assessing the Safety and Accuracy of Insulin Prescribing and Self-Administration Trust-wide

Kimrin Sohal

Pre-registration Trainee

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Practitioner views on emerging general practice roles for Pre-registration Pharmacists

Maria Jinks

Pre-registration Trainee

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Pharmacists’ Views on the Barriers and Facilitators to Deprescribing in Primary and Secondary Care

Amanda Henry

Pre-registration Trainee

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Anti-emetic Prescribing at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care

Freya Cato

Pre-registration Trainee

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust


An Audit of the Prophylactic Use of Filgrastim in Patients Receiving R-CHOP for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Sherief El-Shakankery

Pre-registration Trainee

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust

Breakout Sessions

Session One

Antimicrobials in Clinically Futile Situations: A World Café Project (Medicines without Harm)

Tanya Miah, Specialist Clinical Pharmacist, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Collaborative Workplace Learning- How to make the most of everyday workplace learning opportunities (integrated Care)

David Gibson, and Aisha Majothi, Clinical Leadership Fellow, Health Education England


Virtual Patient Technology to Teach Clinical Pharmacists NOAC Counselling – Preliminary Results of a Questionnaire Evaluation (Academia)

Charlotte Richardson, Keele University


Session Two

An Audit of Polypharmacy on a General Medical Ward (Medicines Without Harm)

Savannah Rose Haworth, Newcastle University


An Explorative Qualitative-based Evaluation of Pharmacist Integration within Urgent Care Settings (Integrated Care)

Sarah Browbank. IUC Pharmacist, NHS 111 Pharmacist Pilot


Hospital Pharmacist’s Views on Training and Support Provided During Early Career Years (Academia)

Jill Davison, Lead Clinical Pharmacist, Great North Clinical Pharmacy Network


Session Three

The KidzMed Project – Teaching children to swallow tablet medication (Medicines Without Harm)

Nicola Vasey, Senior Lead Clinical Pharmacist, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


The integration of Pharmacy Independent Prescribers into acute health services

Neil Gammack, Chief Pharmacist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital


Acute Kidney Injury management in Primary Care: Exploring Healthcare Professionals’ Attitudes and Perceptions (Academia)

Alan Green, Academic Pharmacist Practitioner, University of Sunderland


Session Four:

Evaluation of an Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner Prescribing Cognitive Enhancing Medication CEM) within the Northumberland Memory Service  (Medicines Without Harm)

Laura Stavert, Clinical Pharmacist, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust


Speaking Up a Team based Approach to Patient Safety (Integrated Care)

Kay Fenwick, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Investigation into the Prescribing Practice for Patients Post Renal Transplantation with Type II Diabetes Mellitus (Academia)

Alan Green, Academic Pharmacist Practitioner, University of Sunderland

Abbott   @AbbottNews


Allergan   @Allergan

Allergology Laboratory Copenhagen,

Bright Ideas in Health Awards  @BIHA2019

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust  @CDDFTNHS

Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE)  @cppeengland

Fresenius Kabi   @FreseniusKabi

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust  @QEGateshead

GN Clinical Pharmacy Network

Lumos Diagnostics

NA-ATTC   @naattc



Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust  @NTWNHS

Northumbria Healthcare Pharmacy

Omnicell   @Omnicell

Rokshaw Ltd  @Rokshaw_Labs

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust   @SouthTees

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust   @STSFTrust

Sunderland University    @sunderlanduni

Takeda   @TakedaPharma

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The stadium is located close to the junction of Gallowgate, St. James’ Boulevard and Barrack Road, just a ten-minute walk from Newcastle Central Station and around five minutes from Monument Metro Station and the city’s major bus stations. Simply follow the pedestrian signs located throughout the city centre.

Event parking

There is parking onsite.  Please visit the link below for all parking options


There are 35 ‘Sheffield stands’ located around the stadium for you to lock your bicycle at

Rail and Metro

The station is a ten-minute walk from St. James’ Park, walk west along Neville Street (A186) and turn right onto St. James’ Boulevard. The stadium is located at the top of the road and will become visible as you reach the junction with Bath Lane/Wellington Street.

We recommend St. James’ Metro station, while Monument station – a five-minute walk away – is served by both yellow and green line routes.

Direct RailNewcastle Airport: 25min London King’s Cross: 2h 45min Edinburgh: 1h 30min Leeds: 1h 25min York: 1h