PDA National Conference 2019

“Moving from Supply to Services: Managing the risks; Embracing the Opportunities”. The PDA National Conference takes place in Birmingham on 30 – 31 March 2019. This event provides the perfect opportunity to engage and connect with other members, in addition to discovering more information on emerging opportunities and practical guidance to help effectively manage risk.

Sat 30th - Sun 31st March 2019

Noel Wardle

Noel is a partner at Charles Russell Speechlys and heads the Healthcare Regulatory practice at the firm.  He advises a wide range of healthcare clients including pharmacists on matters which include GPhC fitness to practise proceedings, judicial reviews, criminal investigations and prosecutions (including fraud), NHS England disputes and inquests.

He has particular expertise advising pharmacists and pharmacy owners on the complex rules relating to NHS market entry and market exit, including conducting advocacy at NHS Resolution appeal hearings.  He is a guest lecturer for the law and ethics module at several UK Schools of Pharmacy.

Captain Niall Downey FRCSI

Niall qualified as a doctor from Trinity College, Dublin in 1993. He trained as a surgeon in Belfast receiving his FRCSI in 1997 before returning to Dublin to the National Cardiac Surgery Unit.

He subsequently retrained as an airline pilot with Aer Lingus in 1999 and is currently operating as a captain out of their Dublin base on their Trans-Atlantic Boeing 757 fleet.

In 2011, he formed Frameworkhealth Ltd, providing aviation-style safety training modified specifically for healthcare drawing on his experience of both industries.



Niall featured in a recent podcast hosted by Pharmacy in Practice, titled Risk, dispensing errors, pharmacy and what we can learn from aviation. Listen to the podcast here.

Laura Fatah

Laura works for Protect (previously named Public Concern at Work) as an adviser on the helpline. Laura provides advice to clients from all industries, helping them to raise concerns in an appropriate and safe manner, and giving legal advice on the Public Interest Disclosure Act.

Laura facilitates policy development, identifying opportunities for expansions or provisions which would further support whistleblowers, engaging with stakeholders, and feeding into government consultations. Laura says: "it is a privilege advising those who bravely stand up to protect the public and challenge wrong doing.

Dr. Lawrence "LB" Brown

Dr. Lawrence “LB” Brown is Associate Dean of Student Affairs and a Full Tenured Professor in the School of Pharmacy at Chapman University, California. Where he is responsible for recruitment, admissions, school events and student issues.

Prior to joining Chapman University, Dr. Brown was an Associate Professor of Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis.

Dr. Brown is a fellow, a former trustee, former Speaker of the House of the American Pharmacists Association and former President of the American Pharmacists Association. Since becoming a pharmacist, he has dedicated his career to the expansion of pharmacists’ roles within the health care system that improve patient health and the improvement of patient’s perception of pharmacists.

Hemant Patel

Hemant Patel is Secretary of North-East London LPC that represents 320 pharmacies. He is also a former past-president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and served the profession of pharmacy at local, national and international level. He is also a director of Havering HealthWatch.

In the last two years he has led the work to develop an innovative practice to manage long term conditions and associated co-morbidities in pharmacy. That practice is SelfCare Pharmacy which has been described by Earl Howe as ‘a potential gamechanger’. He passionately supports the NHS and patient-centred care.

At a time of great changes in technology, commissioning and patient expectation, Hemant lead the work to produce High Street Clinic: the most advanced model of Pharmacy Practice in the world.

Bernadette Brown

Bernadette is the Pharmacist Practitioner, Cadham Pharmacy, Fife, Scotland.

Bernadette Brown understands community pharmacy. She specifically possesses a deep understanding of pharmacy practice, education and pharmaceutical care. Bernadette has led innovative projects in medicines management, public health and automation, which have released time to deliver excellence and improve quality of lives.

She supports early intervention and is passionate about supporting people to help them gain confidence in management of their long-term conditions by providing regular advice on how to administer their medicines safely and how to get maximum benefit. She supports new, innovative and challenging ways of working to maximise the workforce to deliver pharmaceutical commitment in changing roles that can be sustained in person-centred care.



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