British Hepatology Pharmacy Group

British Hepatology Pharmacy Group (BHPG) is a special interest group which has recently become affiliated with the British Viral Hepatitis Group (BVHG).

It is a professional pharmacy organisation aiming to develop knowledge and understanding of liver disorders including viral hepatitis, in order to improve the quality of patient care, through:
• Promoting excellence in the provision of pharmaceutical care to all patients with liver disorders including viral hepatitis
• The promotion of a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to caring for people with liver disorders including viral hepatitis
• The provision of educational support and educational opportunities in the field of hepatology and viral hepatitis;
• The promotion and dissemination of patient-focused research;

BHPG aims to offer support for all pharmacists who see patients with liver disease both as in-patients and out-patients. Pharmacy members of BASL currently include pharmacists working within hepatology, gastroenterology and infectious diseases, but with one common goal - to improve care for those with liver disease.

BHPG Meetings

The BHPG educational sessions will tie in with national BVHG meeting dates.

The BHPG Committee

BHPG Chair Aisling Considine, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
BHPG Vice-Chair Adele Torkington, Central Manchester University Hospitals
Secretary Sarah Cripps, Oxford University Hospitals
Treasurer Valerie Ross, Barts Health
UKCPA Link Anja St Clair, Brighton and Sussex Universities Hospitals NHS Trust
Communications  Officer Tina Shah, Royal Free London NHS Trust

Aisling Considine, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Aisling Considine qualified as a pharmacist in 2004 and has worked as a Hepatology Pharmacist in Kings College Hospital since 2007. Her post graduate training includes a diploma in general pharmacy practice and a qualification as a non-medical prescriber. She has contributed to a number of national reports and articles in the field of alcohol related liver disease, transplantation and viral hepatitis. She is a committee member of the UKCPA Gastroenterology and Hepatology Group. Her specialist interest is looking at medication adherence and the role pharmacists can play in optimising this. She won the 2015 AASLD Mid-Level Professional Award for her work looking at non-adherence to directly acting anti-virals.

Adele Torkington, North West ID Unit @NMGH
Adele Torkington graduated from Bradford University and trained at Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust. She is the Lead Infectious diseases pharmacist at NWID@NMGH. She is Chair of BHPG and also on the HIV Pharmacists Association Expert Panel. She was previously the Lead Pharmacist for the Infectious Diseases Clinical Reference Group for NHSE. Interests are Viral Hepatitis, HIV and MDRTB

Sarah Cripps, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sarah Cripps graduated from Bath University in 1994. Worked at the Oxford University Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust since qualifying and has experience in a wide range of clinical specialties, pharmacy management and education and training. Worked in Gastroenterology for the last 16years and now working as a consultant pharmacist in this speciality. Committee member of the UKCPA Gastroenterology and Hepatology Interest Group. Pharmacy representative on NHS England Clinical Reference Group (Hepatobilary & Pancreatic disease). Research interests include medication adherence in IBD and Hepatitis C; Therapeutic drug monitoring & medicines optimisation of biologics in IBD.

Valerie Ross, Barts Health
Valerie Ross graduated from Kings College London and trained at St Thomas’ and the Royal London Hospitals. She previously held the clinical services manager and directorate pharmacist, cardiovascular disease posts at Barts, before moving to Hepatology in 2007. She is currently Lead Pharmacist Hepatology at Barts Health and is an independent prescriber with physical assessment skills. She was a member of the recently published NICE Cirrhosis GDG and is particularly interested in viral hepatitis, cirrhosis and NASH.

Anja St.Clair Jones, Brighton and Sussex Universities Hospitals NHS Trust
Anja St. Clair Jones qualified as a pharmacist in Switzerland 1987 and has since practiced as a clinical pharmacist in the UK. In 2011 Anja completed an MSc in Advance Pharmacy Practice at UCL whilst leading the surgical team at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. In 2016 she gained the title of Consultant Pharmacist Gastroenterology with the remit to promote pharmacy services in Gastroenterology. Anja is currently chairing the UKCPA Gastroenterology and Hepatology Interest Group.

Tina Shah, Royal Free London NHS Trust
Tina Shah graduated from Manchester University and trained at Royal Free Hospital and the Royal London NHS Trust. She has a postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacist and independent prescribing qualification. She has been principal pharmacist – hepatology, gastroenterology and nutrition at the Royal Free London NHS Trust since 2002. Interests are in viral hepatitis and liver transplantation.

 



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