Terms of reference
Carol Roberts - Chief Executive
Carol established PrescQIPP 6 years ago and has led the development since its inception. Carol provides the final sign off on all evidence based documents and resources. In addition to her role at PrescQIPP, Carol is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Carol was previously the Pharmacy and Prescribing Lead for NHS East of England, following her role as Head of Medicines Management for numerous PCTs.
Liam Cahill - Chief Operating Officer
Liam was one of the co-founders of PrescQIPP in 2010, and has been heavily involved throughout its evolution working as programme manager, head of operations and now Chief Operating Officer. Liam leads on the development of much of PrescQIPP’s non-clinical strategy, and heads up the operational team for the organisation. Before joining PrescQIPP, Liam worked within SHAs and PCTs to deliver a variety of public health, IT and environmental projects, after starting his career working on national IT implementation within the NHS.
Sajida Khatri - Director of Medicines Optimisation
Sajida heads up the Clinical team and is responsible for the development and delivery of the primary care work plan, working closely with commissioners in the PrescQIPP community to ensure that it meets their needs. She has extensive clinical experience and joined PrescQIPP as the Primary Care Lead in April 2013, after working with the programme as a Senior Pharmacist leading on respiratory projects, and substantively as the Deputy Head of Medicines Management at Bedfordshire CCG.
Katie Smith - Non-Executive Director and Quality Lead
Katie is an experienced and well respected Medicines Information pharmacist, who has worked closely with PrescQIPP since its inception. Katie is responsible for providing full evidence reviews for PrescQIPP resources (including Priorities Advisory Committee), for the Primary Care Rebates, and occasionally writes bulletins for the programme including the nationally renowned Optimising Safe and Appropriate Medicines Use.
Kevan Wind - Non-Executive Director and Procurement Lead
Kevan is an experienced and well respected Medicines Procurement Specialist Pharmacist, working for East and South East Specialist Pharmacy Services. Kevan was one of the original drivers in the establishment of PrescQIPP and is a long standing supporter. In addition to acting as a non-executive director, Kevan chairs the Pharmaceutical Industry Scheme Governance Review Board.
Gary has extensive experience of hospital, community and primary care pharmacy management. He has been involved in a number of national working groups and initiatives including the Innovation Health and Wealth implementation group, the expert panel: Putting QIPP into action: Reinvesting at least £100 million through quality and effective prescribing, NICE MPG1: Developing and updating local formularies and the NICE service-specific advisory group for: Commissioning biologic drugs for the treatment of inflammatory disease in rheumatology, dermatology and gastroenterology. He is currently a standing member of the NICE expert panel associates.
In his current role as Head of Medicines Management for Sheffield CCG he leads an award winning multidisciplinary team with an impressive track record of innovation and delivery and also works with Medipex and the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network as an innovation scout.
Susan originally worked in Hospital Pharmacy, progressing to managing the clinical pharmacy services in one of the busiest Trusts in the country. She was an honorary lecturer at Keele University for a number of years, managing the Clinical Pharmacy Diploma and setting up the Masters Research Programme. Susan moved to the East Midlands Healthcare Deanery as a Commissioning Manager, before moving into Primary Care as a Practice Pharmacist. She has been Head of Medicines Optimisation for East Staffordshire CCG since 2012.
Susan is a a member of the Burton Hospitals Drug and Therapeutic Group, the South Staffs Area Prescribing Group and the Local Pharmacy Network, giving her the opportunity to influence strategic decisions in line with evidence-base and national guidelines.
Susan manages and leads a highly successful Medicines Optimisation team with demonstrated QIPP achievement year-on-year and is also a Medicines and Prescribing Associate for NICE.
Elizabeth Beech has worked in the NHS for many years, in many roles and organisations, and currently works as a pharmacist with NHS Bath and North East Somerset CCG. She also works for NHS Improvement as one of 3 national project leads for Healthcare Acquired Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance, supporting delivery of the UK AMR strategy.
Passionate about improving quality in healthcare (what does ‘Good’ look like?), Elizabeth has recently joined the Health Foundation Q community – a network of people with improvement expertise sharing ideas, enhancing skills and collaborating to make health and care better. Within Bath and North East Somerset Elizabeth leads the CCG programmes for Antimicrobial Stewardship, Acute Kidney Injury and Safer Care Culture – an initiative to improve the reporting, learning and sharing of safety related incidents occurring in primary care practice.
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Sue Carter is currently Head of Medicines Management and Clinical Effectiveness for NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG.
Sue has worked in commissioning and primary care for 20 years, and before that worked in community and hospital pharmacy. Sue is a representative for Surrey & Sussex to the Pharmaceutical Advisers’ Group, and was a co-founder and past Chair of Primary Care Pharmacists’ Association.
Sue is also seconded part time to NHS England SouthEast as Controlled Drug Accountable Officer, and is a member of the CQC Controlled Drugs Policy and Operational Sub-Group.
Richard Croker is currently the Head of Medicines Optimisation for the Northern and Eastern Localities of the NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, responsible for a team ensuring clinically and cost-effective prescribing across 126 GP practices with an annual spend of £142m. He also leads the programme for pathology optimisation, using many of the principles of medicines optimisation.
Richard also sits on the Devon Clinical Policy Committee, making evidence-based clinical commissioning decisions. Richard qualified as a pharmacist in 1996 and worked in the community sector until 2002, when he joined the NHS prescribing team in North Devon.
Richard’s interests include the use of information technology to improve health outcomes and cost. He received a MSc in Health Informatics in 2008, studying how information could be used to better identify variation in prescribing costs. He has implemented a number of systems designed to improve care within the CCG, including the Electronic Prescription Service, Scriptswitch decision support software, and a local web-based prescribing reporting system. He is also currently working with the EBMdatalab.net at the University of Oxford, developing the openprescribing.net tool.
Sanjay Desai is the Associate Director of Medicines Optimisation for the four CCGs in Berkshire West (Newbury and District, North and West Reading, South Reading and Wokingham CCGs) where he leads on medicines optimisation, aimed at improving quality, outcomes and value for patients and the public, from their medicines. He heads up the team of Pharmacists, Dietitian and a PA, which support practices, across the four CCGs, and also to work with secondary care, for issues relating to prescribing across the interface.
Sanjay has been working within primary care now for the past 16 years, in various roles.
Sanjay is also seconded into the University of Reading, School of Pharmacy, one day a week as a Senior Teaching Fellow, lecturing on the Independent Prescribing course for Nurses and Pharmacists.
Michael has been a Head of Medicines Optimisation/Management for 10 years. Before this, Michael worked as an independent prescriber in GP practices delivering personal medicines optimisation for patients. Along with the independent prescribing qualification, he has diplomas in both COPD and Asthma.
Michael is an active member of local prescribing committees and have a track record of being an innovator and early adopter of new initiaves.
Joanne has been the Medicines Optimisation Lead for primary care commissioning in Wakefield for 15 years requiring her to work at many levels and across various sectors to help patients get the best from their medicines through safe and cost-effective approaches.
Joanne is involved in shaping new models of care locally that will ultimately utilise the skills of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to add value to the Multi-Speciality Community Provider models.
Jane Freeguard is Head of Medicines Commissioning for the three CCGs in Worcestershire. Jane has worked in primary care since 1994, starting in a hospital pharmacy team with the Welsh Prescribing Support Project supporting practices in the beautiful Welsh valleys. Her role as Medicines Commissioner has evolved from early posts as practice pharmacist, PCG/PCT Pharmaceutical Adviser and Head of Medicines Management.
A key priority for Jane is commissioning services that allow for the introduction of new roles for pharmacists across all providers. This includes a Medicines Optimisation Enhanced Service offered to practices in Worcestershire. Currently 59 of 65 practices employ or contract their own practice clinical pharmacist, where they are quickly becoming indispensable members of the Primary Care Teams.
Dr Brian Hawkins
A pharmacist with over 25 years experience, Dr Brian Hawkins is currently the Chief Pharmacist Medicines management practice unit (MMPU) within Cwm Taf University health board with responsibility for developing prescribing and community service strategy. Brian has experience of working as a senior pharmacist in primary care, secondary care and community. He was a member of NICE technology appraisal committee A from 2012-2014 and a member of the clinical guidelines s development group for medicines optimisation. Brian was also a member of the all Wales medicines strategy group from 2005 to 2012, and currently provides the professional support to the all Wales prudent prescribing implementation group.
Steve is currently the Director of Medicines Management, Clinical Policies, and Pharmacy for Southern Derbyshire CCG. He began his career in community pharmacy where he spent the majority of that time managing an independent healthcentre pharmacy.
Steve's primary care pharmacist experience began as a sessional pharmacist employed by a GP fundholding practice. With the inception of PCGs, Steve began to take on more strategic roles and has moved through various PCGs and PCTs chiefly in Derbyshire from a practice pharmacist up to Assistant Director of Medicines Management. Previous roles have included Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer.
Paula is a pharmacist with experience in a wide range of healthcare settings, including acute hospitals, mental health, learning difficulties, community services, primary care, community pharmacy, social care including inspection of care homes, pre-hospital, and secure environments including prisons, police custody and SARCs.
Paula has been Pharmaceutical Adviser to both West Midlands and East of England Ambulance Trusts, and is currently Chief Pharmacist for Mid-Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (p/t) and Chief Pharmacist for G4S Health (p/t). In her CCG role, Paula has more recently broadened her commissioning role to include clinical prioritisation of services with responsibility for development of Service Restriction Policies and management of IFR service, referral management (Central Referral Service) and transformation of care pathways.
After starting her career as a community pharmacist, Gill moved to hospital pharmacy where she has held many clinical and managerial roles over 20 years, ending up as deputy chief pharmacist. Gill then moved into primary care to gain experience in that sector, working in West Norfolk PCT, and then as head of medicines management at Norfolk PCT, then CSU.
Gill moved to NICE in 2013, working in the medicines education team on the NICE associate programme. The programme provides a network of support and resources to those working in the fields of medicines optimisation and patient safety.
Michelle is a non-voting member of the Council and provides the administrative support. In addition to her role as Company Secretary, Michelle is the Finance and Operations Manager for PrescQIPP with responsibility for finance, branding, and managing the production of PrescQIPP resources including stakeholder consultation. Michelle's background is in the children and young people's voluntary sector, where she worked on health-related projects, mainly focusing on stakeholder engagement in policy and service development.