Editorial board


The Pharmacy in Practice editorial board is an advisory board that has input into the content of this site. The role of the editorial board is vital to ensure that all materials produced are of the highest standard. Although the board members do not have direct input into the creation of the content they will help steer the future direction and give robust feedback when appropriate.


Dr Catherine Duggan



Dr Catherine Duggan is the Director of Professional Development at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. For the past seven years in her role, she has been responsible for the delivery of professional advice and support to all members across all sectors; the development of strategies to share and showcase good practice across the profession and development and implementation of professional standards for pharmacy. Since 2012, Catherine has led the development, implementation and strategic embedding of RPS Faculty and Foundation programmes into continuing professional development. Most recently, Catherine has led programmes of leadership and mentoring as well as the full portfolio of RPS accreditation services, the Vision for the Workforce and the Roadmap for Advanced Practice, that have all built into the education strategy for RPS. During 2016, Dr Duggan undertook a dual role at RPS as Director for PD as well as Interim Director for RPS England, during a period of change at RPS, overseeing strategic and operational delivery across team England, and supporting the EPB. Now, in 2017, she has a consolidated role in professional development: science, education and professional standards and the RPS international strategy that builds on our international partnerships across countries as well as supporting the close working of RPS with FIP. Catherine has published widely and presented at national and international meetings and has a wealth of people and programme management experience. She is a recognised leader in the profession working with many networks within and across the profession and, more widely, health and business.  Catherine has worked in community, primary care, hospital and academia.  She held joint appointments between clinical practice and academia between 1999 and 2009, supporting professional development and evidence-based practice, developing courses and support alongside supporting research and evaluations in practice at all levels, having published widely and supported many doctoral and masters research projects. Between 2007 and 2009, Catherine was the Chair of the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association and an elected member of the Council of the RPSGB. She has been awarded Fellowships of both the RPS and the UCL School of Pharmacy and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Diane Leicester-Hallam



Diane joined the Pharmacists’ Defence Association as Director for Member Services in October 2018 after nine years as the chief executive of the professions independent charity, Pharmacist Support. During her time at the charity she successfully transformed the service offer to be much more relevant and responsive to the needs of today’s professionals, increasing the number of services, people supported and external recognition and support too. Diane enjoyed a career in the retail sector, before returning to education and graduating with a honours’ degree in law in 2000. This marked the start of a new career within the charity sector, initially as an advocate and specialist advisor, before moving into management at the Citizens Advice Bureau, then Help the Aged, where she lead a remote team of specialist caseworkers who delivered a financial literacy programme across the UK. Diane joined the board of the benevolent sectors leadership body, the Association of Charitable Organisations in 2011, and retired as Vice Chair in 2016.  Diane currently Chairs the Trustee Board at Smart Works Greater Manchester which is a service supporting women across Greater Manchester to access employment.


Ruth Edwards



Ruth Edwards is Head of Pharmacy Practice at Aston University. Ruth graduated from Robert Gordon Institute of Technology with a BSc in Pharmacy in 1989. She registered with the RPSGB in 1990 and began her career in community pharmacy. After a period in community pharmacy management, Ruth then joined Robert Gordon University (RGU), Aberdeen in 1996 as a teacher-practitioner with Lloydspharmacy. In 1999 Ruth was appointed to a full-time position at RGU as a Lecturer in Pharmacy practice. In 2011, she was appointed as Senior Lecturer and held the position of RGU MPharm Course Leader until 2018. In 2018, Ruth moved to Aston University to take up the role of Head of Pharmacy Practice. In addition to this, Ruth has been a Local Pharmacy Postgraduate Tutor for NHS Education for Scotland and undertakes regular locum work in community pharmacy. Since registration as a pharmacist, Ruth has obtained an MSc Clinical Pharmacy, a Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Level Teaching and completed a Doctor of Education at the University of Stirling in 2013. She is a Faculty Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Ruth’s contributes to teaching at an undergraduate level in pharmacy practice in a broad range of areas and has had extensive experience at postgraduate level in development and delivery of Masters and Independent Pharmacist Prescribing programmes and research supervision. She was also previously an elected member of the RPSGB Academic Pharmacy Group Committee and in this capacity contributed to the development of the RPSGB Student Fitness to Practise procedures. Ruth’s research interests centre on educational research, teaching and learning and assessment and her thesis is entitled ‘Opening the door on student learning: using artefacts to explore pharmacy students’ learning practices’. She is a co‐author of the textbook ‘Minor Illness or Major Disease?’.


Gordon Rushworth



Gordon is the Programme Director for the Highland Pharmacy Education & Research Centre in Inverness, NHS Highland. He holds a portfolio post which encompasses clinical, teaching and research roles. Gordon is an independent prescriber with an additional qualification in Advanced Clinical Assessment (ACE) and works two-and-a-half days a week in general practice as an Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner using clinical, diagnostic and prescribing skills to autonomously assess, manage and treat undifferentiated acute presentations from across the age and acuity spectrum. He has previously set up a primary care training hub within Cairn Medical Practice where he spent half-a-day a week training other pharmacists how to run clinics and improve their clinical and prescribing skills. Gordon is the co-author of the NES General Practice Clinical Pharmacist Advanced Practice Framework. The remaining 2 days of Gordon’s time are spent on academic work including designing, delivering and supporting teaching for undergraduate medical and pharmacy students. Gordon is an active researcher having published over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals focusing on the themes of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and pharmacy practice research. He is a Faculty Fellow of the RPS, Visiting Reader at the Robert Gordon University and University of the Highland & Islands, and an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen.


Chris Maguire



Chris studied pharmacy at Queens University Belfast. He decided to move to the “mainland” and applied for a few jobs and ended up with Lloyds pharmacy and living in Liverpool. He moved from relief manager to pharmacy manager to cluster manager. He took a career break for a year and travelled. He worked in a hospital in Sydney for 6 months of his 14-month adventure. He came home and landed a job at Interface Clinical Services. This job involved working in primary care. Delivering services such as osteoporosis, diabetes, asthma reviews. While at Interface Clinical Services, he moved from working as a clinical pharmacist to working as a service development pharmacist and finally National Lead Pharmacist. Working with a team of 90 pharmacists. He worked with CCGs, AHSNs, federations, hospital trusts, NICE and others. While also liaising with Pharma and Medical Technology device companies to ensure the offerings they wanted to give the NHS, fit within NICE pathways and helped pharmacists deliver Value to patient outcomes. At this point, Chris was approached by industry to become a project manager to deliver Value-Based Healthcare to the NHS. He has since become the Marketing Manager for Diabetes Care at BD.


Fiona Jones



Fiona Jones is currently the Clinical Lead pharmacist for the central area of Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board in North Wales. Fiona graduated from Strathclyde University in 1984 and undertook her pre-registration with Boots, then moved to a position as pharmacy manager of a large store in Bridgewater followed by the manager of her own store in Bristol in 1988. Two years later she purchased an independent pharmacy with her husband in North Wales, working part-time in the shop,  and bringing up her three children. An opportunity arose in 1999 to work in General Practice which was the start of an exciting career change and opportunities to be more clinically involved with patients. Two years later she began the prescribing science diploma at the University of Liverpool medical school and on completion took up the position as Prescribing advisor for the locality, working on evidence-based practice and clinical audit. In 2005 she completed the prescribing course as a supplementary prescriber and by 2007 had converted this to independent prescribing, working in a large six GP practice. In 2009 in collaboration with the University of Liverpool medical school Fiona was asked to support the GP lead to deliver training to 5th-year medical students on polypharmacy review and chronic conditions management, during their primary care placements. Her prescribing work in general practice (2005) initially focused on cardiovascular disease, with an emphasis on hypertension management. This then expanded over the years with support from local cardiologists, diabetic and renal physicians and local specialist pharmacists, building this network was essential in the early days as there were no National training programmes. Over the years Fiona has continued to extend her network and shadowing experience into elderly care, mental health and pain, further developing the role of the generalist pharmacist prescriber in Primary care, and in 2016 qualified with a PgCert in Medical Education. Her Locality work on a domiciliary support referral system gained awards with BCUHB (2015 winner) and National Wales NHS finalist (2016) plus RCGP Bright ideas finalist (2017). Fiona is also a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Faculty of Advanced Practice and sat on the Welsh Pharmacy Board from 2015-  2018. Her work has included consulting on the steering group for the National Prescribing competency framework. Contributing and consulting on RPS  Long-term conditions management and antipsychotic prescribing in nursing home policy documents. Leading on the development of a BCUHB scope of practice document, advanced practice framework and training and supporting new pharmacists in general practice.


Fiona’s aim is to see a clinical career structure within health boards in Wales leading to a Primary care consultant post in the future.


Micheal Holden FRPharmS FRSPH



Following a number of years employed in various practice and management positions to a senior level, Michael established his own community pharmacy group in England. In 2005 Michael became the Chief Officer of the Hampshire and Isle Of Wight Local Pharmaceutical Committee. He was appointed as the Chief Executive of the National Pharmacy Association from January 2011 to October 2014. Michael has a significant understanding of policy, legislation and regulation relating to pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry in addition to the experience of working across the world. He is one of the principal drivers behind the development of the Healthy Living Pharmacy initiative, is an active advocate of an expanded role for the profession in health and wellbeing and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences Michael established MH Associates in December 2014 and in February 2016 collaborated with The Tipping Point Ltd to establish Pharmacy Complete to enable pharmacy for a healthier future by working with community pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry. Michael was honoured as a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in March 2011 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in 2017. He is married with three daughters and lives in Hampshire, England.


Dr Toby Capstick




After qualifying in 2000 Toby has had a number of hospital pharmacy jobs including roles in professional development and advanced clinical pharmacist in rheumatology. He currently works as an advanced clinical pharmacist in respiratory medicine in Leeds teaching hospitals NHS trust. In this role, he provides advanced and highly specialist pharmaceutical care to patients with respiratory diseases in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. I am an independent pharmacist prescriber at ward and clinic level. His current interests include asthma, COPD, tuberculosis, inhaler technique training, medicines optimisation and adherence. His current role involves working in the Leeds Difficult Asthma Clinic, where he is currently researching the role and effectiveness of pharmacists across the primary and secondary care interface in improving asthma control and quality of life in patients with difficult asthma. He has worked with clinicians in the Leeds Tuberculosis clinic since 2007, where he promotes patient education and adherence to ensure that antituberculosis drugs are used effectively. Previous research has centred around scoping problems concerning the availability of suitable drugs for treating tuberculosis and identifying measures to ensure consistent drug supplies with a multi-disciplinary working group. He has provided education to a wide range of healthcare professionals across primary and secondary care on a regional and national level on a range of subjects, included inhaler technique, asthma, COPD, pharmacology and tuberculosis. He has been chair of the UK Clinical Pharmacy association respiratory group since 2014.


Beth Ward



Beth is currently the head of professional development in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. In this role, she is responsible for the development and ongoing delivery of the RPS Foundation and Faculty Programmes – post registration professional development programmes for pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. Previous to this she was interim head of Foundation and faculty when she was responsible for the development and ongoing delivery of the RPS Foundation and Faculty Programmes – post registration professional development programmes for pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. Between 2014 to 2016 she was the foundation programme manager where she led the development and implementation of the RPS Foundation Programme. This included the development of assessments, curricula, peer support networks, an accreditation programme to quality assure existing education and training aligned to the programme and resources for Foundation pharmacists and their tutors. Previous to this she held a number of clinical pharmacy hospital roles in the UK and Australia including most notably Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Cardiac Services, The Heart Hospital.


Emma Davies



Emma is an advanced Pharmacist Practitioner and has worked in pain management for around 12 years. She developed her interest in supported self-management whilst working in the Southampton Pain Service. Currently working in South Wales, Emma provides pain management clinics in primary care, working with GPs, pharmacists and the primary care teams. Emma also teaches at an undergraduate and postgraduate level, develops guidelines and educational materials and provides advice to the Welsh Government on pain management. Emma is currently studying for a PhD, examining trends in opioid prescribing and healthcare resource utilisation in Wales. In addition, she was recently appointed Chair of the Primary Care Pharmacy Association Pain Group. Emma is also on the Executive Committee of the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition – an all-party group which lobbies Westminster to improve the lives of people living with pain.


Gavin Birchall


Gavin Birchall is a pharmacist, designer and marketer who has created, led and marketed businesses at senior level and carried out the first research into the brand of pharmacy on the planet. Having spent 15 years in community pharmacy, practising in both independent and multiple owned pharmacies, Gavin has worked in academia, primary care and representation. He was instrumental in setting up a 21 strong community pharmacy group where he was Operations and Marketing Director and Superintendent Pharmacist. Frustrated by the lack of recognition received by pharmacy, Gavin completed research into the brand of pharmacy as part of a Masters In Graphic Design and in 2015 set up a pharmacy specialist design and marketing agency, DOSE Design and Marketing Ltd, to support pharmacies to present and promote themselves more effectively. Gavin and his associates now support a range of clients in community pharmacy and beyond.


Osenadia C. Joseph-Ebare



Osenadia is currently a final year pharmacy student at King’s College London (KCL). He is a past executive member of the British Pharmaceutical Student Organisation (BPSA), and currently is appointed onto the RPS Industrial Pharmacists Forum (IPF) to represent the student perspective on pharmaceutical industries, and pursue their interests. He chairs the IPF student group, a team of KCL and UCL pharmacy undergraduates to achieve these objectives. Osenadia is also a prolific public health activist and led cross-professional student conferences, workshops and national public health campaigns to raise the awareness of Antimicrobial Resistance and the threat it poses to society. His current focus is centred upon designing innovative services to improve the quality of care within the NHS.


Fin Mccaul



Fin is Managing Director of Prestwich Pharmacy. His role at Greater Manchester LPC involves leading on contractor engagement. He has worked with a variety of public health groups and is currently the Long-Term Conditions Lead for NHS Bury CCG, working with GPs, other primary care providers and secondary care. Fin also speaks and delivers training at local and national events on smoking cessation, weight loss, professional development, and change management. Fin was made a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2016 in recognition of his service to pharmacy. He was appointed to the board of PSNC in January 2017. Fin has other areas of expertise which include independent pharmacy practice, long-term conditions management, pharmacy service delivery, communication skill and change management. His other roles include chairman of Independent Pharmacy Federation (2007-14), NHS Bury CCG Long-Term Conditions Lead since 2012, works alongside the NPA board, promoting the benefits of independent pharmacy while supporting members and PSNC Regional Representative North West since 2017.


Sharron Gordon



Sharron is passionate about the role of pharmacists in caring for patients. In over 20 years in NHS practice, she worked in both specialist posts and senior manager roles initiating therapy as a prescribing pharmacist. Her work has been shortlisted for two Health Service Journal awards and won 3 awards from patient charities. She currently spends her time split between improving anticoagulant therapy and running a Winchester based aesthetics clinic.


Stephen-Andrew Whyte



Stephen an Advanced Paediatric Practitioner. Stephen has worked in the pharmacy industry for over a decade, gaining experience in community, hospital and academic settings, and is a specialist pharmacist in paediatrics and neonatology with a sub-speciality in paediatric intensive care. Identified by his peers as a trailblazer, Stephen was the first pharmacist in the UK to be recognised as an Advanced Paediatric Practitioner (ACP) in paediatrics, and the first Health Education England Clinical Fellow in Urgent and Acute Care from a pharmacy background. He is passionate about advancing pharmacy professionals’ knowledge and skills of children and young people and how medicines relate to them. In addition to this, he has also led an innovative pilot that trains pharmacists as Advanced Clinical Practitioners to work in urgent care centres and emergency departments across London and the South East. Stephen undertakes regular clinical work as a senior clinician in the paediatric department of a busy London teaching hospital; assessing, diagnosing and treating children presenting with a plethora of illnesses independently. Outside of work, Stephen enjoys the theatre, eating out and long rambling country walks with his Scottie dogs, Angus and Oona.


Luvjit Kandula



Luvjit currently works as the Chief Officer of Leicestershire and Rutland Local Pharmaceutical Committee. Her role involves advancing community pharmacy in the local NHS whilst representing Community Pharmacists interests. Currently seconded to NHS digital to support pharmacy integration, PCPA  community pharmacy chair and APPG diabetes group specialist advisor. Luvjit has extensive experience working as a Community Pharmacist also having worked in hospital pharmacy and industry both in the UK and abroad. Previous roles include Head of Pharmacy Services and Management of the Pre-registration Programme and also Chairing Warwickshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee.


Francesca Aaen



Francesca is an independent pharmacist consultant and owner of Aaen Care which delivers medicines and healthcare related training, consultancy and advice to both private and public sector providers of health and social care services across the UK. She writes articles and resources for national and international training providers and provides advice and mentoring to the pharmaceutical industry. Francesca has an MSc in Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice. She is an independent prescriber and runs polypharmacy clinics in care homes on a sessional basis. Francesca has broad experience in working in pharmacy services across the NHS and in community pharmacy as well as teaching in non-medical prescribing and MSc courses and speaking and chairing at learning events. She has a particular interest in improving dementia care and reducing inappropriate prescribing in older people. She was an associate of the Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling and, as Care Homes Lead Pharmacist in NHS Lanarkshire, was the winner of Innovation and Change in Pharmacy Practice Award at the Scottish Pharmacist Awards 2016 for the development of an innovative pharmacist prescriber service for care homes.


Victoria Rutter



Victoria Rutter MPharm PGDipClinPharm FFRPS MRPharmS is Executive Director, Commonwealth Pharmacists Association is widely recognised for her involvement in the pharmacy professional development arena at a global level, both through publication and presentation of her work at numerous international conferences and events. After spending 10 years practicing in Singapore and developing several cross-country partnerships to support the development of the profession overseas, Victoria’s current role as the first executive director of the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA), supporting the development of the profession across the Commonwealth, seemed a natural progression to her career when she relocated to the UK in April 2016. In the same year, she was also appointed as the representative for non-government organizations on the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Health (CACH). Liaising closely with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the CPA’s Executive Committee, her work is currently focused on initiating and developing projects and activities supported by the organization, particularly around antimicrobial resistance, substandard and falsified medicines, and provision of accessible and affordable post-graduate education and training. Victoria is also a master practitioner of neurolinguistic programming (NLP) and consults for the pharmacy communications and leadership training company Pharmacy Management.


Yousaf Ahmad



Yousaf Ahmad is the Chief Pharmacist for the largest independent healthcare organisation in NHS England, and a member of a number of professional bodies including UKCPA, RPS, British Pain Society, International Pharmaceutical Federation and Commonwealth Pharmacy Association. He has extensive experience in hospital pharmacy and is passionate about pharmacy practice, workforce transformation and the integration of pharmacy teams in all sectors of care. Before moving to NHS England, Yousaf held a number of senior positions within NHS Scotland including Specialist Clinical Pharmacist and Lead Pharmacist across some of the largest acute hospitals. Within some of these roles, Yousaf was able to forge some great links and work plans with Secondary Care and Primary Care pharmacists, both within the community and in GP practice, with a focus at developing care models/pathways for patients with long-term conditions. Yousaf has also spent time as a pharmacist internationally within the Gulf countries. During his work in the Middle East, Yousaf was able to build on some of the foundations of pharmaceutical care practice in these countries at that time and share some of the developed pharmacy practices from the UK with pharmacists around the globe. Yousaf champions progressive leadership within the profession and believes pharmacists can play a leading role in the healthcare delivery similar to peers from medical and nursing backgrounds.



Bernadette Brown

Bernadette is the owner of Cadham Pharmacy in Glenrothes. She is a leading edge practitioner making use of and expanding her skills as a pharmacist independent prescriber while running clinics and a multidisciplinary team in her pharmacy.


Nadia Bukhari



Nadia is Senior Teaching Fellow and Pre-registration coordinator at UCL School of Pharmacy, associate non-executive director of London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, and board member for Royal Pharmaceutical Society Pre-Registration Advisory Group. She is the youngest ever female fellow at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and has authored books for the Pharmaceutical Press.



David Thomson



David is Lead Pharmacist for Community Pharmacy Development & Governance at NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board. After a period of 23 years as an active participant on RPSGB Scottish Executive & Council, RPS Scottish Pharmacy Board, Assembly and Treasurer 2016-18, David opted not to stand for re-election in 2018 preferring to take a well earned break from the cut and thrust of pharmacy politics and concentrate on other important issues like self and family. He continues to write occasional articles for the various pharmacy based publications, maintains links with Pharmacist Support, as the founding chair of the Board of Trustees, and specialist adviser to the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer on community pharmacy.


Maree Todd MSP



Maree is a pharmacist and member of the Scottish Parliament for the Highlands and Islands region, Minister for Childcare and Early Years, and a member of the Health and Sport Committee.


Nipa Patel



Nipa Patel is a GP practice Clinical Pharmacist at Sunnymeed Practice. She is an Independent prescriber and leads for Asthma and COPD in the practice as well as running clinics for anticoagulation, osteoporosis & hypertension. She has extensive experience working in community pharmacy and CCG medicines management. She was a phase one Clinical mentor for the GPPT pathway for NHSE. Currently pursuing her ACP qualification.