11 Mar 2021

Pharmacy Management Celtic Conference

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Stephen McBurney

Associate Director of Pharmacy, Primary and Community Care, Mental Health & Associated Services, NHS Lothian

Stephen McBurney is Associate Director of Pharmacy Primary and Community Care, Mental Health & Associated Services at NHS Lothian. Graduating in 2003 and spending the first 8 years of his career in acute hospital services at NHS Forth Valley, Stephen project managed the transfer of pharmacy services from Stirling and Falkirk Royal Infirmaries across to the Forth Valley Royal Hospital before taking lead of the primary care pharmacy team at Lothian.  This team has grown from approximately 12 to over 100 pharmacists and technicians over the past 3 years.  Stephen has chaired the national Primary Care Lead Pharmacists Group and is looking forward to completing his Masters in Public Health this summer.

Stephen is co-presenting Innovative workforce planning: building a system-wide workforce plan to deliver a pharmacy technician workforce for the future.

The 2018 General Medical Services contract proposed a Pharmacotherapy Service based on expansion of numbers of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Primary Care across Scotland.  The subsequent pace and spread of the GMS Pharmacotherapy Service, combined with an increasing demand for acute pharmacy services, an acute services establishment gap and challenges in workforce recruitment, required us to reconsider our workforce requirements. Join us at this session to hear NHS Lothian’s workforce journey in response to these challenges and opportunities, including developing an innovative approach to student pharmacy technician training delivered via Health and Social Care Partnerships, hospitals and community pharmacies and our emerging approach to engagement with secondary schools to encourage students to consider a career in pharmacy.

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