British Hepatology Pharmacy Group
The British Hepatology Pharmacy Group (BHPG) is an affiliated group of the British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL).
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 Vitual Educational Meeting Recording Available - January 2022
The recordings from the BHPG Educational meeting are available to members through the members area of the website > here.
BASL / BLNA Travel Bursary Scholarship 2023 - BASL / BLNA Annual Meeting September - Application deadline 5pm 25th August
There are a number of sponsored travel bursary scholarship awards for members this year to attend the forthcoming BASL / BLNA September Meeting. Scholarship awards are considered a contribution towards a registration fee, travel and accommodation expenses, but not subsistence. Members who have been granted another bursary to attend BASL and/or BLNA September meeting 2023 are not eligible to apply.
• Applications are invited from BASL and BLNA members who are UK-based Nurses, AHPs and Pharmacists in the field of Liver Nursing
• Applicants must complete the NMC/Professional body number section on the application form (if applicable)
• There is a maximum of number of awards available and therefore bursaries are not guaranteed
How to Apply
• Applicants will need to complete the formal Application Form for travel bursaries for the BASL and / or BLNA September Meeting 2023
• As part of the application form applicants will need to outline how the BASL and / or BLNA Nurse Meeting will benefit themselves and others in their future career.
• Applicants need to submit their application form via email to the BASL Event Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Application deadline - 5pm 25th August 2023.
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The BHPG Committee
|BHPG Chair||Helen Boothman, St George’s University Hospital|
|BHPG Vice-Chair||Sital Shah, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust|
|Secretary||Yun Kim, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust|
|Treasurer||Sarah Cripps, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust|
|Network Lead||Joanna Henry, Aintree University Hospital- LUHFT|
|Research||Paul Selby, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust / Alison Boyle, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde / Arron Jones, Barts Health NHS Trust / Connor Thompson, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust|
|Education||Naz Kanani Alviri, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust / Sara Sawieres, Kings College Hospital|
|Education + RPS Faculty Mentor||Fiona Rees, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals|
|Communications Officer||Sonal Patel, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital|
|Primary Care/Community lead||Graham Parsons, University Hospital Plymouth NHS Trust|
|Technician Lead||Angela Packham, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust|
Helen Boothman, St George’s University Hospital
Helen is Lead Hepatology Pharmacist at St George’s University Hospital and she is currently Project Manager for the SW London Hepatitis C ODN. She studied Pharmacy at Liverpool John Moore's University in 2009 and completed her training year in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. She started her career at Leeds University Teaching Hospitals where she completed her residency training and obtained her Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy at Leeds University. She started working in Hepatology in 2015 at George’s NHS Foundation Trust, she has established Pharmacist led clinics in Hepatitis B and C, PBC and AIH and helped the team achieve IQILS level 2 with a special mention for the pharmacy service. She qualified as an independent prescriber in 2017. She is the current Chair of the BHPG and is eager to drive the development of pharmacy within hepatology. Helen’s interests are in viral hepatitis and autoimmune liver disease and is actively involved in service development.
Sital Shah, King’s College Hospital
Sital graduated from the School of Pharmacy, University of London in 2010 and is currently the lead pharmacist for Hepatology at King's College Hospital. Her post graduate training includes a diploma in general pharmacy practice, qualification as an independent prescriber and a MSc in Pharmacy Practice by Research. She is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at King's College London and a committee member of the UKCPA Gastroenterology and Hepatology Group. Sital’s research interests include viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver disease and advanced chronic liver disease.
Yun Kim - Secretary
Yun Kim is a senior specialist pharmacist in hepatology at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. Yun graduated from pharmacy school at Liverpool John Moores University in 2013. Prior to this she obtained a BA in Health and Human Services from the University at Buffalo, USA. She has a postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy practice and is a qualified independent prescriber. Yun’s research interests lie in autoimmune liver disease and metabolic associated fatty liver disease.
Sarah Cripps, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sarah is a Consultant pharmacist in Gastroenterology/ Hepatology and has worked at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since qualifying in 1995 from the University of Bath. She has experience in a wide range of clinical specialties, pharmacy management and education and training. Her main role has been as a specialist pharmacist in Gastroenterology/Hepatology for the last 23 years, 9 years of which as a Consultant Pharmacist in this specialty as awarded by the RPS. She is an independent pharmacy prescriber and Faculty Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and is currently chair of the UKCPA Gastroenterology and Hepatology interest Group, committee member of the British Viral Hepatitis Group (BVHG), and previously the nominated pharmacist for NHSE Hepatobiliary and Pancreas CRG.
Sarah has served on two NICE Guideline Development Groups for IBD, and has provided stakeholder feedback on behalf of UKCPA for NICE Technology Appraisals for IBD. She is also on the editorial board for CCUK. She regularly presents at local and national conferences and is the author of several publications. Sarah’s interests within hepatology include Hepatitis C, hepatitis B and autoimmune hepatitis. Her research interests include IBD patients’ beliefs about their Illness and medication and the implications for medicines adherence and patient education. She is also interested in therapeutic drug monitoring of biologics in medicines optimisation.
Joanna Henry- Network Lead
Joanna graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2008. She trained in Aintree hospital, working across the digestive disease and surgical specialities. She has undertaken training in nutrition and is currently doing her Diploma in Gastroenterology. Joanna is an independent prescriber and runs clinics in viral hepatology and IBD. Joanna’s interests are in digestive diseases and in hepatology, including viral hepatology, alcohol and fatty liver disease.
Graham Parsons- Primary care/Community Lead
Graham has been a practicing pharmacist since 1991. He graduated from the University of Bath and joined Boots as a community pharmacist working in the South West of England. Graham joined NHS Plymouth in 2005 as a specialist medicines management advisor in substance misuse and became a prescriber within the Plymouth Primary Care Addiction Service in 2007. In 2010 Graham was appointed to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). In 2013, he left the addiction services in Plymouth to take on a more generalist role including periods of work for NHS NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, General Practice Pharmacist Independent Prescriber work and consultancy work for the Devon Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC). In 2016 he was appointed Chief Pharmacist for Turning Point, a health and social care organisation working predominantly in the substance misuse field. In 2019 Graham was also appointed as Hepatitis C Lead in Turning Point. He joined University Hospitals Plymouth in 2021 and became the Lead Pharmacist in hepatology and South West Hepatitis C Operational Delivery Network Lead Pharmacist in 2022.
Graham has worked with the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and currently is a member of the clinical development group for the national alcohol guidelines for the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (formerly Public Health England). He has a continued interest in the management of Alcohol Use Disorders and Hepatitis C.
Sonal Patel - Communications secretary
Sonal graduated from King’s College London in 2007. Her post graduate training includes a diploma in general pharmacy practice, and qualification as an independent prescriber. She has been working within Gastroenterology since 2013 initially specialising in IBD and general gastroenterology. She moved her focus to hepatology in 2019 and is currently the Specialist Hepatology pharmacist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Foundation Trust, where she has developed pharmacist clinics to support patients with viral and autoimmune hepatitis. Sonal’s main interests remain in autoimmune and viral hepatitis.
Angela Packham - Technician lead
Angela completed her BTEC - National Certificate in Science (Pharmaceutical) at North East Surrey College of Technology in 1999. Angela has 30 years pharmacy experience working in both community and hospital sectors. She joined Brighton & Sussex University Hospital in 1997 and has been working in the Gastroenterology team at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust since 2016, specialising in inflammatory bowel disease with an interest in autoimmune hepatitis. Angela has contributed to posters presented at APTUK,UKCPA, ECCO and BSG.
Fiona Rees - Education Sub-Committee
Fiona graduated from the University of Brighton in 2006 and trained at Chelsea & Westminster and Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals, completing her Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy and Non-Medical Prescribing course. Fiona has been within the University Sussex Hospitals Gastroenterology team since 2019, and now leads the team with a focus on autoimmune hepatitis, viral hepatitis and IBD. High-level educational skills have been developed via roles at Health Education England Pharmacy teams, University of Sussex, GPhC and RPS. In 2015 Fiona was awarded RPS Faculty Level 2; Advanced Practice and in 2020 the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Global Health Fellowship. Fiona is a member of the UKCPA Gastroenterology group and has led and contributed to publications via BSG, ECCO and FIP.
Sara Sawieres- Education Sub-Committee
Sara graduated from Kingston University in 2008 and is currently the principle pharmacist for Liver and Private Patients at King’s College Hospital. Post graduate qualifications include a diploma in clinical pharmacy, a qualification as a non-medical prescriber and she is currently undertaking a masters in Advanced Clinical Practise. Sara’s research interests lie within the management of Acute on Chronic Liver failure and acute liver failure.
Naz Kanani Alviri- Education Sub-Committee
Naz graduated from UCL School of Pharmacy and is currently a Specialist Hepatology Pharmacist at the Royal Free Hospital in London, where she has worked since 2018. As part of her role, she is the lead pharmacist for the North Central London Viral Hepatitis Operational Delivery Network. She has a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice. Naz’s interests include viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver disease, advanced chronic liver disease and liver transplantation.
Alison Boyle- Research sub-committee
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 also a member of the Scottish Hepatitis Pharmacy Group. As a member of the University of Liverpool drug interactions website team, She contributes to the content of the Hepatitis , HIV and COVID-19 drug interaction websites. Alison’s research interests include viral hepatitis and drug-drug interactions.
Arron Jones- Research Sub-Committee
Arron graduated from the University of East Anglia and completed his clinical diploma at Liverpool John Moores University. He is a specialised pharmacist currently working with the hepatology team at Barts Health NHS Trust. He also an independent prescriber. Aarons main interest is in viral hepatitis.
Conor Thompson- Research Sub-Committee
Connor graduated from the University of Brighton and went on to complete his post-graduate diploma and residency at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He moved into a specialist role at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where he qualified as a prescribing pharmacist to support hepatobiliary and viral hepatology services. He has since moved into academia as a Senior Lecturer, working on accreditation of both undergraduate and post-graduate prescribing qualifications at the University of Brighton. He has clinical commitments with the gastroenterology team at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust. Connor has presented his research at a number of national and international conferences, including UKCPA, BASL, AASLD, and most recently EAHP.
Paul Selby- Research Sub-Committee
Paul graduated from Bath University and has since worked for a number of NHS Trusts. He is currently the clinical pharmacy lead for the East Genomics Medicines Service Alliance. He worked at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust, practicing as an independent prescriber to treat patients with hepatitis C. He is an honorary lecturer in clinical pharmacy practice at the University of East, providing post-graduate teaching on liver disease. Paul’s interests are in viral hepatitis and the genetics of liver disease.