PDIG Autumn Symposium– Thursday 2nd November 2017

GHP Procurement & Distribution Interest Group (PDIG)

We are delighted to open applications for our Autumn Symposium.  The details are…

Thursday 2nd November 2007,

Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, National Exhibition Centre, B40 1PP


PDIG November 2017 Symposium Programme

Application Form

PDIG November 2017 Application Form

Please send all application forms and conference queries to Noeline Johnston.

E-mail address: noeline.johnston@unitetheunion.org

Tel: 028 90232381 (switchboard) or 028 90029412 (direct dial)


Professional standards for pharmacy services: an updated draft for consultation July 2017

Dear member

We have written the following draft response to the “Professional standards for pharmacy services” consultation.

We now would like our members help shape our final draft.  If you have any comments or amendments to this response, please contact our Professional Secretary, Mr Ewan Maule. Ewan.Maule@ntw.nhs.uk

Download our response here…

Hospital Standards GHP response

Thank you.

GHP National Professional Committee

GHP DRAFT RESPONSE to Consultation on revalidation for pharmacy professionals

The GHP have drafted a response to the GPhC Consultation on revalidation for pharmacy professionals. We are looking for our member’s views on this important consultation.

Please have a look at our response and get in touch with Ewan Maule if you have anything to add or you disagree.

Please contact Ewan Maule with your comments… ewan.maule@nhct.nhs.uk or Tweet us @GHPPharmacy

Consultation on revalidation for pharmacy professionals – GHP response

The President’s Blog June 2017

This is my last blog as President of GHP as my two years come to the end this week.  The two years have gone unbelievably fast and apart for the initial anxiety when approached by the press for comment, I have enjoyed it immensely. There have been many highlights but I think the one that will remain with me the most was the interest and admiration shown by the board of the American Association of Hospital Pharmacists on our role as independent prescribers.  I have also learnt things that I would never have done outside the role, I know an awful lot about biosimilars that I did two years ago.

However, back to May and the less glamorous surroundings of the ExCel and the Clinical Pharmacy Congress.  The CPC has become one of the highlights of my year as it’s a great opportunity to meet pharmacists from all over the country in all sorts of roles (I am also alarmed at the ever increasing number of pharmacists who come up to me to say Hi and did I remember them as a pre-registration pharmacist or student on rotation, have I really trained that many?).  The stand was incredibly busy, particularly on the Friday with most enquiries being about liability cover.  There were a large number of Pharmacy Technicians enquiring about membership of Unite and we hope that with the guidance of our regional officer, Kevin McAdam, we will be able to increase their support within Unite.

On the day before the CPC we held our council meeting and once again there was a focus on Pharmacy Technicians as Tess Fenn, President of APTUK, came to join us to discuss many of the issues relating to technicians and their development.  This had been instigated by GHP due to concerns that Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technicians are now being recruited via the apprentice schemes in many trusts and how this could be a barrier to good candidates coming forward.  We have no solutions but keep an eye out for what is happening in your trusts.

I was once again one of the delegates to the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists General Assembly. This year it was held in Malta.  It was very hot but your delegates kept in the cool of the conference room.  One of the main areas of discussion was the implementation of the EAHP Statements on Hospital Pharmacy.  These statements are very important to the Eastern Bloc countries who are forging ahead to bring their pharmacy services on a par with the Western countries.  However, dealing with shortages and how to implement the Falsified Medicines Directive is an issue for the whole of Europe.  At the end of the Assembly on behalf of GHP I offered to host the 2019 GA in the U.K. This will be in Edinburgh and was a hugely popular choice with the delegates.

On my return from Malta I heard of the sad and untimely death of Professor Peter Noyce. Peter was the District Pharmacist at Northwick Park when I was a basic grade pharmacist and he was an exciting and innovating boss.  In recent years our paths had started crossing again as he had taken on the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Pharmacy Voice.  I invited him to talk at last September’s Guild Council meeting and he clearly put the same passion into his role as he had into every other role he had taken on during his career.  He will be sadly missed by the profession.

One of my last duties as President has been to ring up and offer the Guild medal awards to the nominated recipients.  I am delighted to announce that the winner of the Guild Gold Medal is David Miller, Chief Pharmacist at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and a former Guild President.  I am equally delighted to announce the winner of the Guild Silver Medal is Richard Hey, Director of Pharmacy at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust.  Dave and Richard will receive their medals at the UCKPA Conference dinner in November.

So, my time here is nearly done.  I don’t drop off the stage completely as the Immediate Past President looks after the International portfolio of GHP and I will clearly be busy over the next two years helping to organise the EAHP General Assembly.  I will leave you in the capable hand of Graeme Richardson who has been an enormous support to meover the past two years.  As I work in a mental health trust it has been invaluable having Graeme, who is Chief Pharmacist at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, by my side and we have become quite a team.

I have already made a list of all the jobs my husband has to do and now I will have the time to supervise.  I should at this point say what a wonderful support my husband, Geof Lay, has been, not just over the past two years, but since I joined Guild Council in 2001 when our children, Elizabeth and William, were still quite young.


Vilma Gilis

June 2017




Annual Conference 24th & 25th November 2017

The GHP will be supporting the UKCPA annual conference this year on 24th and 25th November. We will be presenting on Informed Consent and offering advice to new prescribing pharmacists.  At the conference dinner, we will present our annual silver and gold medals.

More information on the conference and how to register here.

You can view the programme here.

The President’s Blog April 2017

This is my first blog since the end of December. This is not because there hasn’t been any news but because there are always times when the day job has to take precedence. For me, this has been mainly taken up with a visit from the CQC and the wonderful news that out trust was rated good. You will all be aware that the CQC is changing the way in which it will inspect trusts in the future so these incredibly tense and stressful weeks should be no more.

Another change which will affect the pharmacy professions is the proposed changes in revalidation from the General Pharmaceutical Council. This is a major change and it is important that the GPhC hears everyone’s view. The Guild will respond to the consultation so do feed your thoughts and comments in to us and/or respond yourself. The consultation can be found at https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/revalidationconsultation

There has been much discussion about the GPhC consultation on religion, personal values and beliefs in pharmacy practice. The Guild submitted a response supporting the recommendations and that all members of the public should have access to a service which they require. In hospital practice this is possibly easier to achieve as there are other team members who may be able to step up and take over if a member of staff is unable to take on a task due to religious or ethical beliefs.

The NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans continue to evolve. As I have said in previous blogs, it is important that you keep up to date with what is happening in your area so that you can comment on any proposed services whilst still in a draft form.

The STP plans affect England but we are aware that changes can affect the four home nations too, which is why out national members for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are so important. I am pleased to say that after being vacant for a few years we once again have a National member for Wales joining Guild council. Brian Eadon works as a formulary pharmacist based in the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, we are delighted that he is joining the team. However, for the next couple of months Brian is working in Lesotho for the Wales for Africa project, you can follow his progress via his blog https://www.facebook.com/Tales-and-Travels-1330338767050683/

On April 5th I joined a number of pharmacist and technicians from around England at a meeting hosted by CPPE to look at the CPPE Leadership Programme. This is an important area of work. The Guild has long believed that good leadership is the key to maintaining and developing pharmacy services. It was good to work alongside pharmacy technicians who have a vision of developing alongside pharmacists and taking on many of the managerial and leadership roles in the modern pharmacy department.

Graeme Richardson, Ewan Maule and Wasim Baqir took themselves and lots of information to the BPSA conference at the beginning of April. The challenges facing our pharmacy undergraduates and pre-registration pharmacists are different to when I was in that position. It was sad to hear from Pharmacist Support that many of their calls are from pre-registration pharmacists. Two Guild Members have gone to great lengths to raise money for Pharmacist Support. Kathryn Murray (an ex Guild Council Member) from Cardiff did a tandem parachute jump and Aamer Safdar ran the London Marathon. My huge congratulations and admiration go to them both of them.

As in previous years we will be attending the Clinical Pharmacy Congress at the ExCel London on May 12th and 13th. Do come along and say hello to us and ask any questions you might have. It is lovely meeting our members. We are at stand G7.

Vilma Gilis
April 2017 Vilma.gilis@nhs.net