Michael Ball has been in and around pharmacies since before he could walk or talk as the son of a passionate retail pharmacy manager. Graduating from the University of Nottingham in 2005, he undertook his pre-registration training year with Lloyds Pharmacy in Whalley (Nr Clitheroe), having spent every last spare minute he had working across twenty different Lloyds Pharmacy stores throughout Lancashire during his breaks from studying at college & University. Following registration as a qualified pharmacist in 2006, and after a brief stint managing a busy health centre pharmacy in his first role, Michael decided to join a small independent firm. It was here that he got to grips with what is involved in developing and managing a successful community pharmacy business. In 2009, he was approached by his current employers, Broadway Pharmacy in Fulwood, Preston, with a view to taking on the reigns of managing the extremely reputable family business. Over the last five years, he feels it has been an extremely exciting phase for community pharmacy, and the increasing diversity of the role and expectations of our communities, will hopefully raise the profile of our profession. We do however, have a collective responsibility to embrace the challenges ahead, to continue to demonstrate that community pharmacy is rightly placed to be a key player in improving the health and well-being of our communities. In 2014, being elected onto the LPC for the first time is a real privilege, and he promises to champion pharmacy on behalf of all contractors in Lancashire.
Richard Wood is the current Vice Chair of Community Pharmacy Lancashire, formerly Chair of East Lancashire LPC. Founder Member of Lancashire Pharmacy Network. Richard has served for over 16 years on an LPC, firstly as an employee representative and subsequently as a CCA member whilst employed by Boots and then Asda. Previous to the merger, East Lancashire LPC, achieved the status of a pilot site for Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) something he is justly proud of. He has a particular interest in Contract Applications and Relocations and has for several years represented the LPC on the Appeals Panel for Applications.
Ben Fell works for Asda Pharmacy and represents the CCA in his locality. His ethos is much the same as that of Asda’s, in that he strives to be the best he can to achieve everything he can for patients and contractors. As with most pharmacists, the patients are his priority and getting the best for them in the NHS is his goal. As community pharmacists, they are also part of a commercial arrangement working with the NHS and Ben believes he should be fairly reimbursed for the value he adds to the NHS. Alongside his colleagues on the LPC they will make the voice of local pharmacy heard to make a difference for our community.
Asif Adam is the Superintendent Pharmacist for Whittle Pharmacies Ltd. He has worked in community pharmacy for over 20 years in various roles. He is currently also the Chair of Bolton LPC and has previously served on East Lancashire LPC.
Mubasher Ali worked for Boots UK as a HealthCare Development Manager for the North. Mubasher is locally partnered to the Lancashire and Cumbria Region. Having had a multitude of roles in the past which include, Clinical Pharmacist Roles, Management Roles, Area Roles and Pharmacist Development Roles. In terms of LPC associations Mubasher has had dealings with a variety of LPC’s over the North West and recently had coverage over Greater Manchester including Tameside, Stockport and CPGM.
Roger Balshaw has worked for Co-operative Pharmacy for 18 years and been a member of Central Lancashire LPC for several years. His background is as a branch pharmacist mainly in the Blackpool area but he has held other roles with the Co-operative and is currently working in the Pharmacy Superintendent’s Team.
Conor Coyle graduated in 2010 from Queen’s University Belfast and took up his pre-registration studies with his local community pharmacy in Northern Ireland. Upon qualifying he had a brief stint as a locum before moving to NW England to gain as much experience as possible. In the past 5 years Conor has worked as a manager in a supermarket setting in Preston before moving to his current position as branch manager for Whitworth Chemists in Blackpool. He has been involved in the provision and promotion of a wide range of services, worked closely with local prescribing teams for harm reduction, and supported his pharmacy team in creating informative and engaging HLP campaigns.
Promoting the strengths and untapped potential of community pharmacy is hugely important for our profession. The LPC offers strong leadership, communication and contractor support. Conor hopes he can lend his enthusiasm, and knowledge garnered to date, to the role of committee member.
Thorrun Govind studied at King’s College London and has been writing, tweeting (@pharmthorrun) and promoting pharmacy on social media for a number of years now. Thorrun currently works for an independent multiple and occasionally locum. Thorrun is the resident pharmacist on BBC Radio Lancashire where Thorrun takes calls and promote the sector as part of a monthly pharmacy phone in. As an LPC member Thorrun hopes to carry on championing pharmacy.
Tahir Hussain has been a practicing pharmacist for over 25 years starting with Boots, Peels, Lloyds and now Cohens Chemists where he has managed various stores, from high street to Health Centre stores. He has held various posts including Management Support Pharmacist, Regional Development Manager and Head of Region. He currently provides Regional Professional Support to Management and is passionate about how pharmacy can benefit the individual and in particular the value added services that pharmacy can deliver to patients. He has taken part in various pilots to showcase pharmacy services demonstrating it’s contribution and potential to the wider NHS.
Khalid Khan has spent his entire career in community pharmacy ever since his student days. He is currently the “Head of Training and Professional Standards” at pharmacy chain Imaan Healthcare and Superintendent Pharmacist at Kepple Lane Pharmacy in Garstang. Khalid has a particular interest in pre-registration training and sits as a community pharmacy representative on various regional and national boards related to this area. He has recently been seconded to Health Education England as Training Programme Director for Pre-registration for the North West, he is also a member of the GPhC Fitness to Practice Committee. Khalid is keen to use the knowledge and skills acquired in these various settings to help support members of the LPC.
Aisling O’Brien has been working as an independent contractor for over 20 years across Liverpool, Lancashire, Fylde and Wyre and Blackpool at nine sites .
She has seen changes in pharmacy from NHS payments to contract changes over this period and coming into a new world of more changes she finds it imperative to have a voice not only to to raise contractor concerns but also to support them.
Pharmacy is being currently being challenged legally, financially and professionally. Aisling understands the implications of these changes to owners, staff and patients and want to help support contractors to improve their efficiencies to negate these challenges .
Improving patient outcomes is the end goal for pharmacy and focusing resource together will enable us to demonstrate pharmacists professional capability alongside improving patients health.
Yusuf Oomer graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2005. He qualified 2006 after completing his pre-registration at Boots. He works for Superdrug Pharmacy as Pharmacy Manager. He is also a pre-reg tutor with 100% pass rate and a mentor for UCLAN placement students. He has held previous positions; regional healthcare manager (mat leave) and cluster lead manager. He enjoys working in community pharmacy and would like to give his time to help to develop community pharmacy in a positive way, especially with the current climate.
Martin Smart works for a small Independent Pharmacy group as Deputy Superintendent and Operational Manager. He represents AIMp on Community Pharmacy Lancashire and also Sefton LPC. He has previously been a member of Central Lancashire LPC and Bury and Rochdale LPC as an Independent contractor and also Manchester LPC as a CCA representative.
Martin has worked in community pharmacy for over 20 years in various roles from Pharmacist to an Area Manager.
Louise Whiteley (currently on maternity leave. Her place is being taken temporarily by Nicola Cross)
Mari Williams has been a practicing Pharmacist for 18 years and have worked in a variety of care settings, but most of this experience lies within community pharmacy, as she firmly believes in the value the interventions community Pharmacists make and the service they provide at the heart of communities.
For the past four years, Mari has worked as a Pharmacy Area Manager for WM Morrisons Supermarkets which has provided very good insight into the challenges the sector and contractors face in an evolving and challenged NHS. She hopes to transfer skills gained in this role to her position as an effective CCA representative: Influencing upwards to secure community pharmacy’s place as an integral part of the evolving healthcare model, and to ensure the best terms for contractors, but also working with people at the coal face encouraging uptake of commissioned services and supporting their consistent delivery to high standards so as to assure the credibility of our profession and pave the way towards re-commissioning and commissioning of new services.
Mari has experience working with a range of different stakeholders and business areas which she hopes will be beneficial in leading the Community Pharmacy workforce within the CPL footprint towards collaborative working with our colleagues in other healthcare professions to achieve common goals of high quality, innovative services delivered by the most appropriate sector whilst ensuring NHS resources are used effectively.
Mari also sits on the CCA Welsh Management group and so brings experience in developing and implementing the services within the Welsh Contractual framework.
Mari is confident Community Pharmacy within Lancashire has a successful future by engaging contractors in delivering it’s strategy to employ advocacy, leadership and innovation to develop their community Pharmacies into the first port of call for all health and lifestyle needs, whilst being fully integrated with other care providers and organisations to provide seamless care, and feels very privileged to be a part of this.