Forwards in Partnership

The conference is a collaboration between the NPA and Pharmacy Magazine

NPA chief executive, Mark Lyonette, said:

“The NPA is working in partnership with others in the sector and with the NHS, to find a positive way forward for community pharmacy. The road to success is not a journey that can be taken alone.  That is why we have chosen Forwards in Partnership as our theme.  We are delighted that the Secretary of State has agreed to take part; we believe it demonstrates an eagerness to engage with the sector, and an understanding on his part that pharmacies are essential to the health of the nation.”

Working Agenda
9.45am Registration, refreshments, exhibition and networking


10.30am Introductions by Richard ThomasEditor, Pharmacy Magazine
Welcome by your NPA Chairman, Nitin Sodha
10.45am NHS England and Community Pharmacy: Moving Forward in Partnership
Ed WallerDirector of Primary Care Strategy and NHS Contracts Strategy and Innovation Directorate, NHS England

Reena BaraiPharmacist, SG Barai Pharmacy and NPA Board
Simon DukesChief Executive Officer, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee
Martin Bennett MBEChairman, Associated Chemists (Wicker) Ltd
12.00pm Perspectives on Change and Meeting the Challenges Ahead
Prof. Rose Marie ParrChief Pharmaceutical Officer, Scottish Gov.
Russell GoodwayChief Executive, Community Pharmacy Wales
Paul BennettChief Executive Officer, Royal Pharmaceutical Society
12.45pm Lunch, exhibition and networking
 2.00pm Automation – does the Evidence back up Hub and Spoke?
Gareth Jones,
Head of Corporate Affairs, NPA
2.30pm The Importance of Community Pharmacy in Healthcare
Matt Hancock MPSecretary of State for Health and Social Care
3.15pm Genomics – The Future of Medicines?
Prof. Joanne Hackett, Commercial Director, Genomics England
3.45pm Conference Close
4.00pm AGM (NPA members only)

Latest News:

We are pleased to announce CEO for Community Pharmacy Wales, Russell Goodway, will be among the guest speakers at the NPA conference. He joins NHS England Director, Ed Waller and Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP on the speaker line-up, plus Scotland’s Chief Pharmacy Officer, Prof. Rose Marie Parr.

Other senior names from the government and pharmacy will be announced shortly so watch this space! In the meantime, watch Matt Hancock’s message to NPA members here.



All NPA members are also cordially invited to attend the Association’s AGM, taking place at the same venue (attendance at the AGM is of course free of charge).


Conference details:





Thursday 20th June

(Doors open at 10am)


The Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB

£35 (exc. VAT)



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