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CPS CEO to speak at new Scottish Pharmacy Conference

Matt Barclay, the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of Community Pharmacy Scotland, is set to make one of his first public appearances as a speaker at the inaugural Pharmacy in Practice Conference.

Having graduated from Strathclyde University in 1999, Matt embarked on a career in pharmacy that spans over two decades. Following his pre-registration year, he dedicated over ten years to working as a community pharmacist, gaining considerable experience in various localities. In 2008, Matt achieved independent prescriber status, leveraging this qualification to deliver hypertension services directly from his community pharmacy.

During his tenure in Forth Valley, Matt served for over five years as a community pharmacy practitioner champion, actively supporting and fostering collaboration within the local pharmacy network. This engagement extended to various Health Board governance aspects, where he participated in committees such as Pharmacy Practices, APC, ADTC, and the local Primary Care Prescribing Group, acquiring valuable insights into diverse facets of healthcare.

Maintaining a hands-on approach, Matt continues to contribute as a locum pharmacist, ensuring his connection to the grassroots of community pharmacy remains intact.

His association with Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) has evolved progressively, reaching its current pinnacle with his new role as the new Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity from February 1st 2024, Matt will lead an internal team dedicated to delivering a robust, professional, and sustainable community pharmacy support service for CPS members.

This announcement marks the culmination of a two-year planning process and the successful outcome of a bespoke competency-based development program implemented over the same period.

At that time Harry McQuillan, the current CEO, expressed his delight at Barclay’s appointment, stating,

“I am thrilled for Matt and for CPS with this appointment. It has been a privilege to design and be part of this succession process.

“I wish Matt all the best in his new role, and I am confident he will be a great success.”

Commenting on Matt’s contribution to the inaugural Pharmacy in Practice (PIP) conference Managing Director of PIP and pharmacist Johnathan Laird commented:

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Matt’s contribution to our conference this year. As a key member of the CPS team over the years, he has been instrumental in delivering many of the contractual aspects that make the Scottish community pharmacy network amongst the most progressive in the world.

“Under the leadership of Harry McQuillan, many decisions that were made some years ago are now being operationalised in the Scottish community pharmacy network. Public health services, unscheduled care innovations, NHS Pharmacy First and more recently NHS Pharmacy First Plus are but a few of the innovative and progressive activities that are rapidly becoming the norm in Scotland.

“But in Scotland, progress never stops and in fact, many would say that community pharmacy is just getting going. It is in this context that Matt’s words as the incoming CEO of Community Pharmacy Scotland take on ever more importance.

“What decisions will be taken under Matt’s leadership that will deliver even more rapid progression in the coming years?

“If you have an interest in finding out what’s next for NHS Pharmacy First Plus, independent prescribing in the Scottish community pharmacy network or want to hear how the network in Scotland will develop in the coming years Matt’s presentation is not to be missed.

“#PIPLIVE2024 is the new national pharmacy conference for Scotland and as such Matt’s contribution is vital and we look forward to watching him on the day.”