Pharmacy revalidation and appraisals dominated the discussion at the 2018 Clinical Pharmacy Congress, which has celebrated another successful event.
Taking place just one month after the new clinical assurance process for pharmacy came into effect, delegates from primary and secondary care flocked to London ExCel to hear how the new regulatory revalidation framework will affect their practice.
Key attractions of the two-day event included the launch of a new peer-to-peer online platform CPC Connect designed to support pharmacists through the new regulatory process, as well as a wide range of new content for the growing branch of general practice pharmacy. A particular highlight for delegates was to hear the results of the long-awaited Best of Clinical Pharmacy Awards and the Medicines Safety Keynote address, delivered by Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for NHS England, Dr Keith Ridge.
Once again proving its place as the nation’s favourite clinical pharmacy event, The Clinical Pharmacy Congress has become the year’s largest meeting of like-minded clinical pharmacy professionals. At this year’s event a total of 2908 pharmacy professionals came to London’s ExCeL on April 27-28 to receive the latest sector updates. Under one roof they were able to hear from a faculty of world-class speakers and to enjoy ground-breaking symposia and workshops delivering 103 hours of CPD education delivered across 12 conference streams, taking in a mix of practical, theoretical, clinical and managerial skills training.
Highlights of the 2018 Congress’s conference sessions included a panel session chaired by Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer Dr Bruce Warner, at which delegates were able to pose questions to leading pharmacy personnel including Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Dr Keith Ridge; Professor Darren Ashcroft, Professor of pharmacoepidemiology at the University of Manchester; Gillian Cavell, Clinical Senior Lecturer at King’s College Hospital; Ravi Sharma, Clinical Lead Pharmacist and Senior GP Pharmacist, NHS England and Lea Valley Health GP Federation, and Janice Perkins, Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group and Superintendent Pharmacist at Well Pharmacies.
Each year networking opportunities before, during and after the two-day conference programme provide delegates and exhibitors with a welcome chance to mull over the professional opportunities ahead. In the most comprehensive Clinical Pharmacy Congress exhibition to date, delegates were able to access the very latest products, services and resources available from around 120 key suppliers, including leading educators and leaders such as CPPE, The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, The Pharmacists’ Defence Association, UK Clinical Pharmacy Association and The Primary Care Pharmacy Association.
West Middlesex University Hospital Pharmacist and repeat CPC delegate Varsha Vyse said that The Congress had once again exceeded her expectations. “I was attracted to the specific conference content on preventing suicide, and it was well worth coming for. I also really look forward to the networking opportunities the conference offers. I am more than happy to take a day’s leave to come here.”
Laura Shapiro, Congress Director, said: “Perfectly timed to support clinical pharmacy professionals as they grapple with the challenges of revalidation and assurance, and reducing medicines-related harm, The Clinical Pharmacy Congress has yet again proved the must-attend event in the clinical pharmacy calendar.
“Each year The Clinical Pharmacy Congress surpasses visitors’ and exhibitors’ expectations, and we look forward to maintaining our support for this vital professional agenda as we design next year’s event.”
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