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 General Practice Pharmacists NI


THURSDAY 30 November 2017

Riddel Hall, Belfast


The General Practice Pharmacists NI group was originally formed as a support network group for pharmacists working in general practice. With the development of Federations the numbers of pharmacists working in this sector has grown significantly. The original committee have been working hard in the background to develop a more formal structure to ensure our specific needs will be represented where needed. As part of this process we have agreed to form a special interest group with our professional body, the Pharmacy Forum NI.

The purpose of the group is to promote & represent the professional interests of General Practice Pharmacists who work in Northern Ireland.

Aim: To launch partnership between GPPNI and Pharmacy Forum NI.


  • To introduce the aims of GPPNI and gather expressions of interest for motivated colleagues to join the working group
  • To identify & support opportunities to provide training tailored to General Practice Pharmacists
  • To demonstrate and share examples of the highest standards of pharmaceutical practice within primary care General Practice roles
  • To learn from the experiences of a national leader in Primary care pharmacy


6.30pm    Welcome and Network with colleagues – food provided.

7.00pm    Introduce GPPNI committee and aims of group.

7.30pm    GP Pharmacists in Primary – Care Ravi Sharma, Clinical Lead Pharmacist, NHS England

8.30pm    Q&A and expressions of interest

8.45pm     Closing remarks

We are developing a network of colleagues with a shared passion for the role of pharmacists in GP practices and look forward to people joining us. We will gather expressions of interest from motivated colleagues after the event through the Pharmacy Forum NI.

Guest Speaker:

Ravi Sharma

Ravi is the Clinical Lead Pharmacist for the NHS England while holding several honouree and advisory positions. His key role has been focussed on the development of integrated/collaborative and innovative pharmacy services across primary/secondary care. He has been responsible for developing new roles of pre-registration, junior and senior pharmacist roles and linking this work into local and national workforce development strategies. He has published several articles in reputable journals and is involved in several research projects around the impact of clinical pharmacy within primary care. Ravi continues to work as a clinician in a GP practice on a weekly basis. More recently, he has been funded by the NHS to undertake a Masters in Genomic Medicines at Imperial College London.

Numbers will be limited to 100 and we are expecting a huge response. Meeting and sharing experiences with other practice pharmacists consistently tops the list when we ask how GP pharmacists would like to be supported.

This is an opportunity to hear from a national leader in the sector, to meet with colleagues and contribute to the development of our group – not to be missed!

The invitation is open to all pharmacists currently working in GP practice, regardless of employer.


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