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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.

Scotland’s National Pharmacy Research Evening

Wednesday 22nd May 2024

Special guest

Professor Christine Bond


Emeritus Professor

Professor Bond will give an oral presentation during the poster event on the evening of the 22nd of May and will also choose her top three posters.

Celebration and research evening agenda

18.00 – 18.30

18.30 – 18.35

18.35 – 19.30

Refreshments and networking

Welcome by the Chair and housekeeping

Poster viewing and 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

Pharmacist and Lecturer. NIHR SPCR Post-Doctoral Fellow. Owner ResHub Consultancy.

“Developing a quality framework for community pharmacy”

19.30 – 19.45

19.45 – 20.00

20.00 – 20.10

Poster awards (chosen by Professor Christine Bond)

Pharmacy in Practice outstanding contribution to pharmacy award

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 – 11.00

Debate: Nature or nurture? Is it possible for the pharmacy profession to evolve or are we destined to strive for perfection forever?

Johnathan Laird

Christine Bond

Zubin Austin

11.00 – 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

Michael Smith

Highly Specialist Clinical Pharmacist and Pharmacy Team Lead for Gastroenterology

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

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

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

Director of Operations Community Pharmacy Scotland

In 2024 Matt will become the Chief Executive Officer of Community Pharmacy Scotland.

14.20 – 15.00

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

Claire Steele

Past President of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians

Laura Wilson

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Director for Scotland

Siobhan McGuinness

GPhC Director for Scotland

15.00 – 15.40

Patient Perspective Session

15.40 – 15.55

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.

Conference Registration

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You are welcome to join us for the evening of the 22nd, the conference on the 23rd or better still both.
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Research Poster Event

On the evening of the 22nd May we will come together to share best practice, innovative projects and research in Scottish pharmacy. As the agenda above show we will have a number of interesting oral presentations from pharmacists across the profession who will share their work.

We would love to hear from you and encourage you to share your work either as an abstract or as a poster. You can submit your poster below. Our steering group will take a look at your work before the night. Anything you submit must be your own work and not contain any patient-identifiable information.

If you need your poster printed please just indicate that this is the case when you submit it below.

Click or drag a file to this area to upload.

Ten tips to produce and present a high-quality research poster

Research posters stand as vital conduits for sharing the latest scientific insights and discoveries within any scientific field. Pharmacy is no different.

Whether you’re a seasoned researcher or a novice, presenting a research poster at PIP LIVE provides a golden opportunity to showcase your work, engage with fellow pharmacy professionals, and contribute to collective knowledge within the pharmacy profession.

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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