GreenLife Pharma presents

The Pharmacy Careers Conference

24th September 2017 in Manchester

10:00 – 18:00

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Register here – Limited places available!  

On Sunday 24th September, GreenLife Pharma in association with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Propharmace, Imaan Healthcare and other industry partners will be hosting the inaugural Pharmacy Careers Conference at the Pendulum Hotel in Manchester. This is the perfect opportunity for pharmacists, technicians, pre-registration trainees and university students to find out how to take the next career step. We have gathered together a stunning array of 14 speakers, including some of the leading lights in pharmacy. They will be sharing their career journeys, detailing step by step how they got to where they are – and how you can do the same.

You will find out:

  • How to get in to working for a GP practice – as a pharmacist or as a technician.
  • How our speakers ended up working in Japan, Qatar, Sweden and the USA.
  • How to become an independent prescriber or work towards a PhD.
  • What the best way is to get in to teaching, research and academia.
  • How to apply for a role as a GPhC inspector or Council member.
  • What pharmacy informatics and digital literacy is.
  • The secret to gaining promotions.
  • And much, much more!

There will also be Q&A sessions for each speaker. Too shy to ask questions? No problem – there will be a facility to anonymously text questions to all the speakers!



You will have the opportunity to attend 2 of the 4 interactive workshops below

  1. C.V. Masterclass by Hadar Zaman, Noma Al-Ahmad (Propharmace) & Dipesh Raghwani (RPS Greater Manchester)                                                        Our experienced workshop leaders will give tips and advice on how best to structure and present your C.V.s for those competitive job applications. Bring your C.V. along to get more personalised advice.
  2. Pathways to GP Practice for pharmacists and technicians by Ghulam Haydar & Sadia Qayyum                                                                                    Our GP Practice pharmacists will explain how they got into working in GP Practice, what the job entails, what qualifications are required – and how you can do the same. Sadia is the northern lead for the PCPA.
  3. Foundation Pharmacy Framework for technicians by APTUK
  4. Digital workshop – “Planet of the Apps” by Mohammed Hussain and Shahzad Ali
    Everyone has an app idea! But how do you take the next step, and what are they?
    This workshop will provide a taster session on how to design and deliver your app idea. It will provide practical help and advice whilst showing that making an app need not be a mystery.
    It will also provide a platform to look at where care is headed. Currently care is provided based on a population, however with apps it enables remote monitoring, making care more patient focused.
    The session will also introduce you to ideas of digital literacy and provide a framework for mapping digital capabilities.


Exhibition Hall

Exhibitors including employers, universities and support organisations will be on hand to discuss their products, services and vacancies including:

  • Independent prescribing courses
  • Professional support
  • Personal support
  • Tax advice
  • CPD


The event will provide delegates with a unique opportunity to talk to some of the most successful, experienced and inspirational individuals in pharmacy.

Attending this event could be the best career move you ever make!


Register here  Tickets are only £15, however places are limited so don’t delay!

*Lunch and refreshments provided*


Learn more about our speakers below – more to come closer to the event

Professor Nigel Ratcliffe B.Pharm, Ph.D, DMS, FRPharmS, FRSB, CBiol, SFHEA, FTOPRA, MCMI

Professor of Pharmacy and Head of Keele University School of Pharmacy

Professor Nigel T. Ratcliffe - Speaker

A pharmacist for 35 years. Professor Ratcliffe has lived, practised and taught in four countries (Japan, USA, Sweden and UK) on three continents which afforded the opportunity to observe and contribute to the development of education for the profession on a global stage. Nigel has a solid understanding of unmet medical need and the many challenges to education and healthcare delivery in both the developed and the developing world. Nigel understands the challenges to pharmaceutical education and the acceptance and role of the profession.

Nigel has been Head of the School of Pharmacy at Keele University for 5 years and in the first four years, in parallel to his role at Keele chaired the largest UK integrated Health and Social Care NHS Trust (Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent NHS Partnership) with 6000 employees and a budget of £350m. This provided tremendous insight into the contribution required from all health and social care professionals, the preparation in education, training and continual professional development that is required, knowledge of UK Health workforce planning and extensive senior level government interaction.

Nigel has practised as a pharmacist in Community, Hospital, Industry and Academia. In the pharmaceutical Industry (ICI, Zeneca, AstraZeneca) he worked for 26 years, holding 5 Global Vice President positions, VP Diabetes Drug Development, VP Global Regulatory and Clinical Affairs and finally as a VP for Strategic Partnering and Global Business Development. Nigel has negotiated on a global stage significant changes in legislation and regulation for drug development and has led and delivered global business contracts for products with sales exceeding $1.4 bn.

Nigel currently holds two Visiting Chairs one at UCL and one at Staffordshire University Law and Business School. Until February 2015, for 3 years, he was Chairman of the Appointments Board of the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council. In June 2017 Nigel was elected as the representative from academia of the Assembly of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society GB.

Mrs Helen C. Ratcliffe,  BPharm

Learning through Practice Team, Keele University School of Pharmacy

Helen Ratcliffe - Speaker

Mrs Helen Ratcliffe undertook her Pharmacy degree at Nottingham University gaining a first in 1988. Helen undertook her pre-registration training jointly between ICI (now AstraZeneca) and Macclesfield Hospital, Cheshire. Helen gained manufacturing and formulation development skills at ICI before being seconded to ICI’s global manufacturing plant at Caponago Italy.

Helen specialised in the formulation development and manufacture of the intravenous anaesthetic Diprivan(R) and became the companies nominated Chemistry and Pharmacy expert. Helen was subsequently appointed Regulatory Compliance Manager based in Italy being assigned to validation of product manufacture globally, allowing her to become fluent in Italian.

Helen has been based in global manufacturing in the USA and has worked on Global IT projects including being based in Molndal Sweden. Helen is a firm believer in work life balance and how family life makes you even more successful in your career. Helen is currently based in the Learning through practice team at the School of Pharmacy Keele and also lectures in formulation development and regulatory compliance.

Mohammed Hussain FRPharmS MAPharm

Senior Clinical Lead for Digital Medicines at NHS Digital

Mohammed Hussain - The Pharmacy Careers Conference Guest speakers

Mohammed works at a senior level in a portfolio career spanning national regulation, education, national health care technology and service redesign. Mohammed is a Council Member of the General Pharmaceutical Council, the pharmacy regulator and is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society an award recognising distinction for services to the profession of Pharmacy.

Mohammed is the Senior Clinical Lead for Digital Medicines at NHS Digital. He has been working in national clinical informatics roles since 2009 delivering Electronic Prescription Service and Summary Care Records in England. He has also worked as a Programme Head leading a number of teams in health informatics delivery. Mohammed was one of the co-founders of #Pharmacy24, an international twitter event to promote pharmacy that had 20million impressions in a single day on 13th April 2017.

Nadia Bukhari  BPharm, FHEA, FRPharmS, PG Dip Pharm Prac, PG Dip Teaching & Learning in Higher Ed. 

Senior teaching Fellow in Pharmacy Practice, Pre-Registration Co-ordinator, Alumni Co-ordinator , UCL School of Pharmacy, London.

Nadia Bulkhari - The Pharmacy Careers Conference Guest speakers

Nadia graduated from the School of Pharmacy, University of London and started her professional career as a community pharmacist.

Nadia then moved on to work for Bart’s and the London NHS Trust, London as a clinical pharmacist in surgery. It was at this time she began to have an interest in teaching, as part of her role involved the responsibility of being a teacher practitioner for the School of Pharmacy, University of London.

She then commenced working for the School of Pharmacy, the University of London as the pre-registration co-ordinator and the academic facilitator. This position involved teaching therapeutics to Master of Pharmacy students and assisting the director of undergraduate studies. Whilst teaching undergraduate students, Nadia completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmacy Practice and her Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching in Higher Education and is now a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She then took on the role of the Master of Pharmacy Programme Manager, which involved the management of the undergraduate degree as well as being the pre-registration coordinator for the university.

Since the merger with UCL, she has now taken on the role as a Senior Teaching Fellow in pharmacy practice which involved her leading on the final year practice module.  She has also recently taken on the exciting role of alumni co-ordinator for the school.

Nadia has many responsibilities within her Professional body, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. She is the chairwoman for the Pre Registration conferences & was the Foundation programme development lead pharmacist on secondment for 6 months and is now an elected board member of the English Pharmacy Board.

Nadia has an avid interest in pharmacy research. Her area of research is Pharmacy & Leadership and she is now in her 5th year of her PhD.  She is also a renowned author for pharmacy. Her interest in writing emerged in her first year of working in academia. 9 years later, Nadia has authored eight titles with the Pharmaceutical Press. Nadia is the Founder for the Registrations Assessment Questions series and the Pharmacy Registration Assessment Questions series at the Pharmaceutical Press, London.

In 2015, Nadia was awarded the status of Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for her excellence and contributions towards the profession. She is the youngest female and youngest Asian to be awarded this accolade.

Hadar Zaman MRPharmS MFRPSII FHEA IPresc

Chief Mental Health Pharmacist at Alternative Futures Group, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at University of Bradford, CQC Inspector and Specialist Advisor (Mental Health and Adult Social Care)

Hadar Zaman - The Pharmacy Careers Conference Guest speakers

Hadar clinically specialises in mental health in particular forensic psychiatry and is currently Chief Pharmacist at the largest private providers of mental health services in the North West. He combines his clinical role with his academic position at the University of Bradford. Hadar is an early career researcher and has published broadly in the area of health services research and has established successful collaborations with various institutes. Hadar, has a passion for learning and teaching and is involved in pre registration education and training for ProPharmace and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Hayley Gorton MPharm

RPS Lead Greater Manchester, Community Pharmacist, PhD student, Associate Researcher

Hayley Gorton - The Pharmacy Careers Conference Guest speakers

Hayley graduated from Cardiff University in 2012 with MPharm 1stClass honours degree and completed her pre-registration training year at Boots in Wolverhampton. On qualification in 2013, she worked as a relief pharmacist until taking up her PhD studentship at the University of Manchester in April 2014. Last month, Hayley was awarded her PhD entitled “Risks of self-harm, suicide and other unnatural death in people with epilepsy”, subject to minor corrections. This work was predominantly pharmacoepidemiology, using two large electronic data sets. Throughout her time as a PhD student, Hayley taught on all four-year groups of the MPharm course, in particular on modules relating to community pharmacy, and introduced a lecture on suicide research to the curriculum. She was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) for her teaching in higher education and has continued these teaching commitments within her Research Associate role that commenced in April 2017.  Hayley has always been an active member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and was student/pre-reg lead for RPS Black Country until her move to Manchester where she joined RPS GM steering committee and is now lead. This Autumn, she will also join the RPS pre-registration training team.

 Shelley Mannion Pharmacy Professional Development Lead, Bradford College
The Pharmacy Careers Conference Guest speakers
Shelley Mannion is a pharmacy technician with 15 years experience across community pharmacy, general practice and education. Her interest in clinical pharmacy began in Primary Care, delivering medicines optimisation across general practice. This led Shelley to a team of healthcare providers, specialising in care homes.
Whilst facilitating the use of medicines in care homes, Shelley completed her Clinical Diploma. This inspired her to be a part of the future of pharmacy technician education and currently holds a post in mentoring and educating pharmacy professionals.
Shelley is also the Northern Lead for the PCPA PTG Committee, her vision for the future is to influence the educational opportunities available to pharmacy technicians.

Asim Mirza MRPharmS

Asim Director at three organisations: SL Pharmacy Solutions, FM Primary Care Support and Capsa Media


The Pharmacy Careers Conference Guest speakers

Asim has started and run businesses in Primary Care and Pharmacy almost since qualifying. His experience spans growing start-up’s, failures and successes.

Over the last few years, Asim’s career has led to creating quality pharmacist and technician led services for GP Practices and NHS CCG’s. He is now adapting these services to deliver patient-focused projects through community pharmacies.

Asim’s latest venture is in the world of Digital Marketing. Realising that Pharmacy often seems to lag behind in the world of Social Media and online presence, Asim has co-created an agency that focuses on pharmacy and healthcare organisations.

An avid cyclist and outdoors enthusiast, Asim spends his weekends inventing new games and activities for his three young children.

Shazad Ali MPharmS

Specialist Informatics Pharmacist

Shahzad Ali is an experienced clinical pharmacist and clinical informaticist. Recently the pharmacy lead for an Electronic Health Record (and associated automation implementation) for a digital, US affiliated Academic and Medical Research hospital. Previously he was one of the national clinical leads within EPS and is currently an informatics lead within Central Manchester University Hospitals. Shahzad’s career also saw him spend over 3 years working in Qatar.

Tess Fenn, BA (Hons) Post Compulsory Education and Training, MAPharmT


Tess Fern - The Pharmacy Careers Conference Guest speakers

Tess has worked in a variety of pharmacy sectors; hospital, academia, community, primary care during her long career as a pharmacy technician. She has led on pharmacy technician & support staff development, CPD and quality assurance of pharmacy vocational qualifications. Tess is also a Pharmacy Services External Quality Assurer & the Technical External Quality Assurer for City & Guilds. During her career, Tess has been an active member of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK, holding the Education Officer and Vice President posts and is now the President. To name a few, she sits on the Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation Programme Board, CPPE Executive Operational Board, GPhC Revalidation Advisory Group, Pharmacy Public Health Forum and the: Hospital to Home: Pharmacy Reference Group. Tess is also the secretary for the European Association of Pharmacy Technicians.

Noma Al-Ahmad – Founder of Propharmace

Noma Al-Ahmad is Founder & Managing Director at ProPharmace, a Pharmacy Training company that delivers innovative training solutions for the pharmacy workforce.

In her role, Noma manages a team of trainers to deliver training that is engaging, focused and delivers results. Noma has lead on the development of the successful ProPharmace Pre-registration Training Programme. The programme has an outstanding reputation and is currently attended by 400 trainees nationally.

Noma is also visiting Lecturer at King’s College London, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and has set up collaborations with a number of Universities in order to enhance the quality of training and support available to Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacists.

Noma’s passion for supporting pharmacists in their early years is influenced by her own personal experience which has driven her to provide consultancy to pharmacists in the areas of career development and business start-ups.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Professor Nigel Ratcliffe (Keynote Speaker) – Chairman UK Pharmacy Schools Council, Head of School at Keele University, formerly Vice President of AstraZeneca Global
  • Ash Soni – President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)
  • Tess Fenn – President of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians, UK (APTUK)
  • Mohammed Hussain – NHS Digital and GPhC Council member
  • Helen Ratcliffe – Industry Pharmacist and lecturer at Keele University
  • Noma Al-Ahmad – Founder of Propharmace
  • Nadia Bukhari -Senior teaching Fellow in Pharmacy Practice, Pre-Registration Co-ordinator, Alumni Co-ordinator, UCL School of Pharmacy, London. RPS Board member
  • Craig Whitelock-Wainwright – GPhC Inspector
  • Hadar Zaman – Senior lecturer at Bradford University, CQC inspector, Chief Mental Health Pharmacist, NICE
  • Suleman Adam – Director at GreenLife Pharma, Pharmacy Technician
  • Shahzad Ali – Specialist Informatics Pharmacist
  • Hayley Gorton – RPS Lead Greater Manchester, Community Pharmacist, PhD student, Research Associate 
  • Shelley Mannion – Professional Development Lead, Bradford College, Pharmacy Technician
  • Asim Mirza – Pharmacy Business Consultant

More information regarding the day will continue to be published. Make sure you follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/GreenLPharmaUK, to keep up to date with the latest news regarding the event. Secure your early bird tickets here: Conference registration



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