British Hepatology Pharmacy Group
The British Hepatology Pharmacy Group (BHPG) is an affiliated group of 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.
The BHPG educational sessions will tie in with national BVHG meeting dates.
The BHPG Committee
|BHPG Chair||Adele Torkington, North West ID Unit|
|BHPG Vice-Chair||Valerie Ross, Barts Health|
|Secretary||Sarah Cripps, Oxford University Hospitals|
|Treasurer||Helen Boothman, St George’s University Hospital / Eleri Lougher, University Hospitals Birmingham|
|Education||Anja St Clair, Brighton and Sussex Universities Hospitals NHS Trust / Tina Shah, Royal Free London NHS Trust / Sital Shah, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust / Helen Boothman, St George’s University Hospital / Eleri Lougher, University Hospitals Birmingham / Jackie Swabe, University Hospital Southampton|
|Communications Officer||Tina Shah, Royal Free London NHS Trust / Sital Shah, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust / Paul Selby, Cambridge University Hospitals|
|Regional Membership||Gemma Watson – Northern Ireland / Alison Boyle/Katherine Davidson – Scotland / Sandeep Whitehead/Anthony Pratt – England / Rhys Oakley - Wales|
Adele Torkington, North West ID Unit @NMGH
Adele 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 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 16 years 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 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 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 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.
Helen Boothman, St George’s University Hospital
Helen graduated from Liverpool John Moore's University and went on to complete her residency and obtain her postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy at Leeds University Teaching Hospitals. She moved to St George's Hospital and gained experience in patient services, management and education and training before becoming the Lead Hepatology Pharmacist in 2017. She is an independent prescriber and has an interest in viral hepatitis.
Eleri Lougher, University Hospitals Birmingham
Eleri graduated from Cardiff School of Pharmacy in 2006 and is currently the Lead Pharmacist for Birmingham Hepatitis C and PBC Operation Delivery Network. She has a post graduate diploma and Masters in Clinical Pharmacy and is a non-medical prescriber in both HIV and Hepatitis C. She has worked with Keele University as a post-graduate tutor and MSc supervisor since 2014 and prior to this, tough with Cardiff University. Eleri has been the named pharmacist on a number of clinical trials in both HIV and Hepatitis C, and her own research includes ‘a service evaluation of the use of biologics in Crohn’s disease’ (2012).
Sital Shah, King’s College Hospital
Sital graduated from the School of Pharmacy, University of London in 2010 and is currently a Specialist Hepatology Pharmacist at Kings College Hospital. Her post graduate training includes a diploma in general pharmacy practice and a qualification as an independent prescriber. She is a committee member of the UKCPA Gastroenterology and Hepatology Group.
Paul Selby, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Paul graduated from Bath University and has worked for a number of NHS trusts since graduating. He joined Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust in 2013 and has been involved in the care of adult medical patients, recently focusing on those with liver disease. Post graduate training includes a diploma in clinical pharmacy practice and qualification as a non-medical prescriber. He is an associate tutor with the University of East Anglia for post graduate teaching. Interests are in viral hepatitis and alcoholic liver disease.
Gemma Wasson, Queen’s University Belfast
Gemma graduated from Queen’s University Belfast and trained in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. She has worked in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast since 2008 and has been the Regional Hepatology Pharmacist since 2015. Gemma gained her Independent Prescribing Qualification in 2015 and her post-graduate MSc in Advanced Pharmacy Practice in 2016. Interests cover all aspects of liver disease, with a focus on viral hepatitis and liver transplantation.
Sandeep Whitehead, Leeds Teaching Hospital
Sandeep graduated from Bradford University and trained at Royal London NHS Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals. She was previously Lead Paediatric Intestinal Failure and Nutrition pharmacist at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. She is currently Advanced Clinical Pharmacist in hepatology at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and has an independent prescribing qualification. Interests are viral hepatitis and liver transplant.
Anthony Pratt, York Teaching Hospital
After graduating from Liverpool John Moores University in 2008, Anthony trained and practised pharmacy at Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust. After working at the Leeds Liver Unit for 18 months, Anthony then joined the new hepatology service at York Teaching Hospitals NHS foundation Trust in 2016. Current areas of interest include viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver diseases and long term management of liver transplant patients."
Katherine Davidson, NHS Lothian
Katherine graduated from Robert Gordon University and trained at Western General Hospital, Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. She completed a MSc in Clinical Pharmacy in 2010 with research into yellow card ADR reporting and became an independent prescriber in 2014. Katherine previously worked as Senior Pharmacist for Scottish Liver Transplant Unit, RIE before moving into current post of Advanced Clinical Pharmacist, Hepatitis C. Her particular interests are Viral Hepatitis, transplant and developing new ways of service delivery to reach disenfranchised cohorts of patients.
Alison Boyle, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Alison graduated from Strathclyde University in 2001 and has experience in a wide range of clinical specialities. She has specialised in blood-borne viruses (BBV) since 2011 starting initially at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and moved to her current post as Advanced BBV pharmacist in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in 2013. She has an MSc in Clinical Pharmacy and is a qualified independent prescriber. She is a member of the British Hepatology Pharmacist Group (BHPG) and Scottish hepatitis pharmacy group. She also contributes to the content of the University of Liverpool hepatitis and HIV drug interaction websites. She has presented research at various national and international conferences including BHIVA conference 2012, HIV Glasgow conference 2012, International Conference on Viral Hepatitis (ICVH) 2013 and EASL 2017 and 2018 (International Liver Congress).
Jacqueline Swabe, University Hospital Southampton
Jackie graduated from Kings College London in 2003 and qualified as a pharmacist in 2004. She completed her post graduate training in London, working as a clinical pharmacist at University Hospital Lewisham, Kings College Hospital, The Evelina Children’s Hospital and University College Hospital before settling in Southampton as the hepatology specialist pharmacist. Jackie has completed the post graduate diploma in clinical pharmacy and is a qualified non-medical prescriber. Jackie’s interests include viral hepatitis, cirrhosis and alcohol related liver disease.