Great North Pharmacy Research Collaborative Webinar 2020

09/07/2020 4:00 pm to 09/07/2020 6:00 pm

Event Details

#GNPRC2020  @GtNorthPharmRes

Thank you for attending Great North Pharmacy Research Collaborative Regional Webinar on 9th July 2020

Congratulations to our 1st place and runner up Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacists

1st Place

Sophia Martins

Pre-registration Trainee

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust


Runner up

Agne Kuraite

Pre-registration Trainee

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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The COVID-19 Mental Health wave is yet to come

Tim Donaldson, Trust Chief Pharmacist

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust


The COVID-19 Mental Health wave is yet to come

Chris Williams, Chief Pharmacist

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


HEE Update pharmacy workforce post-COVID-19

Dr Jane Brown, Pharmacy Dean (North)

School of Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation, North

Health Education England


Setting up the North East Nightingale

Stephanie Klein, Nightingale Pharmacy Project Manager

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Supporting pharmacy through a COVID-19 emergency

Robbie Turner, Director of Pharmacy & Member Experience

Royal Pharmaceutical Society


Setting up the RECOVERY TRIAL – lessons from an acute hospital

Alastair Green

Senior Clinical Pharmacist

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Visiting Clinical Fellow

Newcastle University


Certificate of Attendance


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 the 2020 annual conference is Working Together: uniting pharmacy across the system.

We will showcase pre-registration projects and work undertaken by pharmacy professionals from hospital, community and primary care, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Crucially, this event will be an opportunity to connect with 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.


Ewan Maule Ewan Maule

Head of Medicines Optimisation

NHS Sunderland CCG

@SunderlandCCG @EwanMaule

Ewan is the Head of Medicines Optimisation at Sunderland CCG. He moved into primary care in 2018 following a 6 year spell as Deputy Chief Pharmacist at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS FT, with a short secondment into the role of Interim Chief Pharmacist at Southern Health NHSFT.

Prior to that he had been a clinical pharmacist in a number of Trusts in the North East, and had been a pharmacist prescriber in a number of clinical areas including stroke medicine, care of the elderly, cardiology and most recently emergency and critical care.

Ewan is the Vice President of the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists and has been proud to support and represent members for a number of years.

Ewan is yet another Scottish exile living in the North East and has made Whitley Bay his family home. He has not however as yet adopted the Geordie accent.


Robbie TurnerRobbie Turner  

Director of Pharmacy & Member Experience      

Royal Pharmaceutical Society    

@rpharms @RobbieMTurner

Robbie is Director of Pharmacy and Member Experience at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He leads teams responsible for policy, communications and member support services.





Steph KleinStephanie Klein

Nightingale Pharmacy Project Manager

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

@NewcastleHosps @Stephklein3  @NightingaleNE

Stephanie Klein, senior pharmacist at The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation, led on the setup and implementation of pharmacy services at NHS Nightingale North East.

Stephanie was the former Assistant Director of Pharmacy – Production and Preparation at Newcastle Hospitals, and had previously managed the transformation of services and construction of a new, £5 million purpose-built medicines production facility which was completed in 2004. After a career break 2008 to 2011 she returned to Newcastle Hospitals to undertake a range of medicines related patient safety and quality improvement projects. Pre-COVID 19, she was working on delivering the ePRaSE (ePrescribing Risk and Safety Evaluation) Tool in a collaboration between the NHS Trust and Newcastle University.

The project, set up on behalf of NHS England, is a national initiative to provide a web-based electronic prescribing risk and safety evaluation tool for NHS organisations to assess local configuration and support optimisation of their e-Prescribing systems. This work was paused and she was appointed to the Nightingale role. Post Nightingale she is now managing the pharmacy transformation programme for outpatient Restart, Reset and Recovery, which is utilising much of the learning and new ways of working generated by the COVID pandemic.


Tim DonaldsonTim Donaldson

Trust Chief Pharmacist  

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust           


Tim gained an honours degree in pharmacy from The University of Bath and later completed an MSc in Clinical Pharmacy. After completing his pre-registration training with Glaxo Group Research/ Northwick Park Hospital in London, he began his career in hospital pharmacy in Bristol.

He moved to Newcastle in the early 90s to specialise in medicines information and later became Head of Regional Medicines and Poisons Information Services at the Wolfson Unit of Clinical Pharmacology in Newcastle Upon Tyne, from 1997-2004. After completing a secondment to a PCT, he returned to hospital pharmacy practice as Deputy Chief Pharmacist at the Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland Mental Health Trust.

He undertook the Health Foundation Leadership Fellows Programme in 2008-2010 and was appointed Chief Pharmacist/CDAO at Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust in 2010. In 2017, he became a Fellow of the RPS. CNTWFT provides mental health and disability services from more than 70 sites across the NE and N Cumbria. It has twice been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC, in 2016 and 2018. The pharmacy team is comprised of over 100 staff and has received awards from the HSJ and Royal Pharmaceutical Society.


Chris WilliamsChris Williams

Chief Pharmacist

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Chris Williams is the Chief Pharmacist at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. He has been in this post since 2015, having formerly been in senior pharmacy posts for both County Durham and Darlington NHS FT and County Durham and Darlington Community Health Services.  Chris started his pharmacy career in the year 2000 and has now spent 20 years working in the NHS.  Chris lives in Darlington with his wife and two daughters.  He can be contacted on [email protected] and @cwpharmacist on twitter.




Adam Pattison RathboneDr Adam Pattison Rathbone 

Lecturer in Clinical and Social Pharmacy

Newcastle University    

@UniofNewcastle @NCL_Pharmacy @AdamPRathbone

Dr Rathbone is a registered pharmacist prescriber in Great Britain. He has worked in clinical posts across North East England and completed research at Durham University, Sydney University, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Newcastle University. Dr Rathbone is a peer-reviewer for funding applications to Pharmacy Research UK and the International Pharmacy Federation and has expertise in qualitative research methods, patient experiences of using medications and health services research.




Alastiair GreenAlastair Green

Senior Clinical Pharmacist

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 

@NorthumbriaNHS  @NHCTPharmacy  @UniofNewcastle @alasgreen

Alastair qualified in 2016 working across primary and secondary care in the North East ever since. He currently works as a research and development pharmacist at Northumbria Healthcare working particularly in clinical trials. In addition to his clinical work Alastair is actively involved both undergraduate and postgraduate – pharmacy, nursing and AHP teaching.





Jane BrownDr Jane Brown  

Pharmacy Dean (North)

School of Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation, North

Health Education England          

@NHS_HealthEdEng  @JaneB_HEE

Jane is the Pharmacy Dean for the North of England and leads the School of Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation. She joined HEE in December 2018 as Associate Dean for advanced practice pharmacist training and the Pharmacy Specialist Education Lead for the north west. Prior to this she was the North lead for the clinical pharmacists in general practice training pathway for the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education. Other roles held include Director of Policy and Implementation at the National Prescribing Centre where she was the project lead for the development of the Single Prescribers’ Competency Framework and led the national non-medical prescribing support programme.

Jane trained as a hospital clinical pharmacist and also has many years experience in primary care medicines optimisation working in a variety of roles ranging from a practice pharmacist to PCT Head of Medicines Management.  During a role as a primary / secondary care interface pharmacist Jane undertook research leading to the award of PhD investigating the impact of the interface on effective and efficient medicines management and the reasons why national guidance to improve medicines management at the interface had not been effectively implemented.  She has also been a clinical liaison tutor for the post-graduate clinical pharmacy diploma at Liverpool John Moores University.



Peter BoylePeter Boyle

LJMU school of Pharmacy Graduate

Peter has just finished his degree and is due to start his pre-registration year.


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