A name adopted by Lancashire Local Pharmaceutical Committee.

The Commitee

Chair

Irfan Tariq qualified as a pharmacist in 2000 and since then has worked mostly for independent community pharmacies across the West Midlands.

Irfan has worked as a pharmacist in Australia and as a primary care pharmacist for a Care Trust prior to taking on his current role as Area Development Manager in the NW for Whitworth Chemists. He has been in this role for over 4 years and as part of this have worked to develop the teams and pharmacists to feel confident in looking after their patients, delivering all services, and also in taking up and delivering the HLP model when it was first introduced. He was the Treasurer of East Lancs LPC prior to the merger with Central Lancs LPC and continued in this role (prior to becoming Chairman) for Community Pharmacy Lancashire to ensure contractor funds are used in the most cost effective way in the support and delivery of new and current services as well as embedding and developing the role of community pharmacy within the new NHS landscape.

Vice-Chair

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.

Treasurer

Yasir Jaleel qualified as a pharmacist in 2003 and has been immersed in community pharmacy ever since. Yasir is currently the Superintendent of Nelson Health Centre Pharmacy; a position which has been held for the past four years. As an LPC member Yasir hopes to support all the contractors and make a positive contribution that will benefit our profession and the community it serves.

Committee Member

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.

Committee Member

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.

Committee Member

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.

Committee Member

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.

Committee Member

Gillian Dewhurst qualified as a pharmacist in 1998 after studying at Manchester University and subsequently obtained her Clinical Diploma from De Montford University in 2003. She has since worked for Boots all over the North West within many different pharmacy teams and in a variety of store formats and settings, ensuring that her role always remains patient facing. Gillian is very proud to be a pharmacist and believes that, given respectful remuneration and justified recognition within the new NHS, pharmacy is capable of doing so much more to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our patients.

Committee Member

Ian Facer studied at Chelsea College and qualified in 1986 and following a pre-registration period at Boots joined the family business in 1987. With his wife who is also a pharmacist he runs his pharmacy and an optician’s practice in Longton. The majority of his time is spent working in his pharmacy and whilst committed to the cause of the independent he is acutely aware of the issues facing the whole sector and the challenging commissioning and funding environment we are faced with. Ian is a former Chairman of Central Lancashire LPC, and the Central Lancashire branch of the RPSGB, He was also the pharmacy representative on the former Chorley and South Ribble PCT Professional Executive Committee. As a former member of the NPA board and its chairman from 2009 to 2011, Ian served as Chairman of Pharmacy Voice from its formation in 2010 until he stepped down in June 2013. He was an NPA representative on PSNC for three years. Ian is a founder member of the Lancashire Local Pharmacy Network.

Committee Member

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.

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.

Committee Member

Aisling O’Brien has been qualified as a pharmacist for over 20 years. Aisling is an independent contractor with a small group of pharmacies and understands the daily struggles contractors face, both financially and professionally.
Aisling believes pharmacy to be able to play a key role in the new NHS and is focussed on moving pharmacy forward into the next age and to champion their abilities as professionals to do this. Aisling has been an LPC member for a number of years now and hopes to support contractors in this ever changing, challenging landscape.

Committee Member

Phil Place has worked for Lloyds Pharmacy in a community setting for 6 years and his current role as Area Support Coach covers the Lancashire area. Some of his recent challenges were ensuring that HLP was implemented at a branch level and that it is kept alive going beyond accreditation as well as service optimisation to make sure that they deliver the best service they can on all  contracts. His aim as an Area Support Coach and LPC representative is to help keep community pharmacy on the front line of patient care.

Committee Member

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.

Committee Member

Shahid Umar graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2012. Shahid’s passion has always been community pharmacy, which is where Shahid started and has remained to this day. Shahid completed pre-registration with Superdrug and went on to becoming pharmacist manager and cluster lead across Lancashire. In October 2016, Shahid joined Rowlands Pharmacy as an area manager in the Lancashire area. Shahid’s aim in the current role as area manager and as an LPC representative is to develop community pharmacy in an ever-changing world while keeping patient care at the forefront of everything they do.

 

Community Pharmacy Lancashire

Community Pharmacy Lancashire represents community pharmacies located in the Health & Wellbeing Board areas of Blackpool Borough Council, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council & Lancashire County Council.