Summer Symposium Programme – Wednesday 21st June 2017

Programme.  More details here…PDIG June 2017


9.00am      Arrival, Registration, Coffee & Tea
10.00am      Chairman’s Welcome & Introduction    Margaret Dolan,  Chair, PDIG  
10.10am      NHS Medicines Contracting – The Future!

§  What contracting process will be used and what will be the impact upon existing structures and systems?

§  What are the challenges and opportunities?

§  How will the NHS and Pharmaceutical Industry work in partnership?

Peter Huskinson
National Commercial Director,
Specialised Commissioning,
NHS England



10.50am Specialist Pharmacy Services (SPS)  and the National Standardisation programme

§  What is the role of  SPS?

§  What is the plan for a Catalogue of NHS-made medicines?

§  What else is on the workplan for NHS-made medicines?

    Tim Root

     Specialist Pharmacist,

Clinical  Governance & Technical Services,

NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service



11.30am     Tea/Coffee
12.00noon Cancer Medicines – The Transformation

§  How has the funding and evaluation of cancer drugs changed?

§  How will biosimilar monoclonal antibodies be introduced into practice?

§  What are the Cancer Vanguards and how will they impact on cancer treatments?

    David Thomson

Chemotherapy Pharmacist –NHS England
Chemotherapy CRG & National Cancer Drug

   Jatinder Harchowal,
Chief Pharmacist / Clinical Director,
Medicines Management & Clinical Support
Services Business Unit, Pharmacy Dept

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

1.00pm     Lunch
2.15pm      Restricted use of open systems for injectable
medication – background and implications

§  Background to development of patient safety alerts

§  Background to the ‘open systems’ alert

§  Implications of the alert for Pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry

Graeme Kirkpatrick

Head of Patient Safety (Advice and  Guidance) NHS Improvement



2.45pm     The challenges of NHS Medicines Procurement and
Distribution? – Industry Views    
A panel discussion

§  What are the most significant current issues?

§  What plans are in place to address these?

§  How can the NHS assist?

   Dr Rick Greville

Director Wales and Director Distribution &

Supply, ABPI

   Geoff Mellor

Technical Director

Healthcare Distribution Association
   Warwick Smith

   Director General, BGMA

Wednesday 21st June 2017 at the “Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel”

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham B40 1PP Tel: 0121 780 4242


    Summary and Close    Margaret Dolan, Chair, PDIG

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