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Pharmacy in Practice Conference 2024

The inaugural Pharmacy in Practice conference

The inaugural Pharmacy in Practice conference will celebrate world-class pharmacy practice in Scotland. Designed by practising pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, this conference is for anyone interested in celebrating and learning from the best.

The theme of this year’s conference is collaboration.

Conference feedback

Please let us know what you enjoyed, what we should do more of and what we should do less of.

Conference Sponsors

Special guest

Professor Christine Bond


Emeritus Professor

Celebration and research evening agenda

18.00 – 18.30

18.30 – 18.35

18.35 – 19.15

Refreshments, poster viewing and networking

Welcome by the Chair and housekeeping

Research oral presentations

Oral Presentations

Erin Gilmour

Surgical Clinical Pharmacist

“Early years pharmacy, a brave new world.”

Barry Maguire

Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at The University of Edinburgh

“Collaborative Care as an Ideal for Professional Organisation – and Beyond.”

Josh Miller

Specialist Pharmacist – Diabetes, Endocrinology and Pulmonary Hypertension

“A novel pharmacist-led acute type 2 diabetes clinic: A service evaluation.”

Ali Hindi

Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice. NIHR SPCR Post-Doctoral Fellow. Owner ResHub Consultancy.

“Developing a quality framework for community pharmacy”

19.15 – 20.00

Presentation by Scotland’s first Consultant pharmacist

Jennifer Laskey, MR PharmS (Consultant)

Consultant Pharmacist West of Scotland Cancer Network

In January 2023 Jennifer Laskey took up the post as the Lead Pharmacist for the West of Scotland Cancer Network.  Since March 2024, following the publication of Scottish Government guidance on the appointment of Consultant Pharmacists, Jennifer is the first Consultant Pharmacist employed within NHS Scotland. 

20.00 – 20.25

Pharmacy in Practice Outstanding Contribution to Pharmacy Recognition

Poster award selected by Professor Bond

20.25 – 20.30

Closing remarks by the Chair

Pharmacy in Practice Conference

Thursday 23rd May 2024

09.00 – 09.30

09.30 – 09.40

09:40 – 10.15


Welcome by the Chair and housekeeping

Annual Pharmacy in Practice Lecture

International Special Guest

Professor Zubin Austin


Professor Zubin Austin will deliver the inaugural Pharmacy in Practice lecture at our first-ever conference on the 23rd of May 2024. We are extremely excited to announce that Professor Austin will travel from Toronto to address delegates.

10.15 – 10.45

Professional values, collaboration and teamwork. What can pharmacy learn from a leader in sport?

Professor Christine Bond

Professor Zubin Austin

Jamie Ritchie

10.45 – 11.15

Commercial presentation

11.15 – 11.30

Coffee and networking

11.30 – 12.15

Room 1

Drug deaths in Scotland and pharmacy input

Prof Catriona Matheson

Freelance consultant and part-time academic in Substance use

Room 2

The future pharmacy team

Hazel Jamieson

Pharmacy Operational Services Manager NHS Forth Valley

Sarah Donaldson

Specialist Pharmacist in Substance Use

Paul Forsyth

Pharmacist, FRPharmS (Consultant)

Laura Wilson

RPS Director for Scotland

Yousaf Ahmad

Integrated Care System Chief Pharmacist and Director of Medicines Optimisation

Adrian MacKenzie

Medication-assisted treatment standards Pharmacy Clinical Lead Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Michael Smith

Highly Specialist Clinical Pharmacist and Pharmacy Team Lead for Gastroenterology

Sam Reid

Director at Buchanhaven Pharmacy

12.15 – 13.00

Room 1

A forgotten field: Women’s health

Lisa MacLeod

National Lead Cancer Pharmacist for Scottish Cancer Network

Room 2

Pharmacy and the climate crisis

Emily Kennedy

Lead Pharmacist at NHS Dumfries and Galloway

Claire Steele

Head of Pharmacy Medicine Supply & Quality, NHS Fife

Lindsay McClure

Associate Director Medicines Pricing and Supply National Procurement NHS National Services Scotland

Rebecca Wicks

Pharmacist with Specialist Interest in Menopause & Lifestyle Medicine

Manira Ahmad

Chief Officer Public Health Scotland

Kate Stock

Pharmacist and Clinical Director Positive Change Health 

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch and networking

A complimentary lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you register.

14.00 – 14.20

The Future of Community Pharmacy in Scotland

Leading Scottish Community Pharmacy

Matt Barclay

Chief Executive Officer at Community Pharmacy Scotland

Matt recently became the Chief Executive Officer of Community Pharmacy Scotland. We are delighted to welcome Matt to share his insights and vision for the community pharmacy network in Scotland.

14.20 – 15.20

The Future of Community Pharmacy in Scotland Panel

Johnathan Laird

Managing Director Pharmacy in Practice

Matt Barclay

CEO Community Pharmacy Scotland

Alison Strath

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland

Andrew Sturrock

Director of Pharmacy and Postgraduate Pharmacy Dean at NHS Education for Scotland

Maurice Hickey

Pharmacist Defence Association Head of Policy Scotland

Melanie Bryan

Professional Lead Scotland for the Association of Pharmacy Technicians

Laura Wilson

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Director for Scotland

Siobhan McGuinness

GPhC Director for Scotland

15.20 – 15.30

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland’s closing remarks

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland

Professor Alison Strath

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland. Emeritus Professor at the Robert Gordon University.

15.30 – 15.40

Vote of thanks and closing remarks by the Chair

Conference Registration

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Meet our steering group.

We are delighted to have representation on our steering group from a range of individuals and organisations across the Scottish pharmacy family.

Catriona Matheson

Professor of Substance Use at the University of Stirling Faculty of Social Science

Matt Barclay

Director of Operations Community Pharmacy Scotland.

Trudi McIntosh

Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences and the Robert Gordon University

Catherine Duggan

Chief Executive Officer of the International Pharmaceutical Federation

Maurice Hickey

Head of Policy Scotland at the Pharmacist Defense Association

Anne Boyter

Professor of Learning and Teaching at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at Strathclyde University

Yousaf Ahmad

ICS Chief Pharmacist NHS Frimley Integrated Care Board

Claire Steele

Pharmacy Medicines and Supply Leader and President of the United Kingdom Association of Pharmacy Technicians

Laura Wilson

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Director for Scotland

Paul Forsyth

Lead pharmacist Clinical Cardiology Critical Care NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

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