About the service
Our PCN pharmacists are highly skilled healthcare professionals with expert knowledge of medication, who are passionate about ensuring that patients are taking medication that is appropriate, safe and effective for them. Our pharmacists work closely with the multidisciplinary teams across all of the surgeries in Rushcliffe and our care homes team, to provide clinical expertise.
• Medicines management in practice
• Management of long-term conditions through regular clinics
• Advice on systems for safer prescribing
• Answer patient queries regarding their medication
• Support for the wider clinical team with medication queries
• Provide structured medication reviews (SMRs) to patients; with long term conditions, in care homes, taking 10 or more medicines, with severe frailty and those using potentially addictive pain medicines. SMRs aim to support patients to get the best from their medicines, reduce waste and promote self-care.
• Clinical governance in practice
• Work closely with our PCN pharmacy technician colleagues
Here at Rushcliffe PCN, we pride ourselves on our large, friendly, supportive and proactive pharmacy team. We have excellent, robust clinical governance procedures in place with oversight from our lead pharmacist and lead GP. Monthly clinical supervision sessions, team meetings and clinical training sessions are all well established and we also have excellent admin and HR support from the Partner’s Health team. We are also committed to supporting the professional growth and development of our team through the clinical pharmacists in general practice pathway and beyond to advanced practice level.
Rebecca Dobson - Senior Clinical Pharmacist
Rebecca graduated from Nottingham University in 1999 and has since had a varied career in community pharmacy, general practice and pharmacy education. She joined Partner’s Health in 2020 to manage and lead our pharmacy team, which she balances alongside her clinical work at Radcliffe on Trent Health Centre and East Bridgford medical centre. She’s passionate about seeing the role of pharmacists in general practice develop and really enjoys teaching and mentoring the growing team. Out of work Rebecca is a busy mum to 3 children and enjoys running, studying for her pharmacy doctorate and spending time with family and friends.
Based at Eastbridgford Medical Centre and Radcliffe-on-Trent Health Centre
Tahir Khalifa - Clinical Pharmacist
Tahir is a clinical pharmacist for PartnersHealth working across central Rushcliffe. Prior to joining the team he has spent his career working within secondary care as specialist clinical pharmacist in education and training and general medicine. Tahir is an independent prescriber with an interest in cardiology and anticoagulation. In his spare time he enjoys travel, food photography and baking
Based at Castle Health Care Practice and Westbridgford Health Centre
Harlene Kithoray - Clinical Pharmacist
Harlene has held a variety of community pharmacy and training roles since graduating from her pharmacy degree in 1999. Having since qualified as an Independent Prescriber, she joined PartnersHealth in 2020 and absolutely loves supporting our patients to get the best from their medication!
Originally from London, Harlene moved to Nottingham in 2004 and now lives in Rushcliffe with her husband and two children
Based at Gamston Medical Centre and Village Health Grouo
Hemail Vather - Clinical Pharmacist
Based at Musters Medical Practice and St Georges Medical Practice
Zara Williams - Clinical Pharmacist
Zara is a Clinical Pharmacist who joined PartnersHealth in April 2021.
Since graduating from Aston University, she worked as a Community Pharmacist across the East Midlands where she has tutored and mentored Pharmacy Advisors.
She enjoys baking, volunteering, and travelling in her spare time.
Based at Belvoir Health Group and West Bridgford Medical Centre.
Sally Gittings - Clinical Pharmacist
Sally is a clinical pharmacist working across Belvoir Health Group. Prior to joining Partners Health, Sally worked in both community and hospital pharmacy. She also has experience in research and industry and did a PhD on taste masking medicines for children with Pfizer and the University of Nottingham. Outside of work, Sally enjoys skydiving, travelling and hiking.
Based at Belviour Health Group
Phil Cawdell - Clinical Pharmacist
Based at Radcliffe-on-Trent Health Centre and The Ruddington Medical Centre
Harminder Sahota - Clinical Pharmacist
Based at Village Health Group and Orchard Surgery
Lorenz Mooken - Care Homes Clinical Pharmacist
Lorenz joined Partners Health in June 2021. He has previous experience within acute general hospital pharmacy, mental health and forensic care environments, with a passion for encouraging patient choice, medication adherence and drug safety. His aim is to bring innovative expertise to the care homes service.
Reshma Barot - Care Homes Clinical Pharmacist
Reshma is a care home pharmacist within the Rushcliffe primary care network. She started her pharmacy career in community pharmacy during which she had various roles including learning and development pharmacist, care home advisory pharmacist and most recently as a clinical lead for the COVID-19 vaccination programme. Reshma qualified as an independent prescriber in 2019 and thoroughly enjoyed her brief time in general practice. She is extremely excited to be back working within the care home environment and general practice. Outside of work, Reshma has a great passion for sports; football, tennis and golf, cooking and travelling to different countries.
Pharmacy technicians play an important role within general practice complementing clinical pharmacists, community pharmacy, GPs and other members of the PCN multi-disciplinary team. Pharmacy technicians are different to clinical pharmacists as they are not able to prescribe or make clinical decisions, instead working under supervision to ensure effective and efficient use of medicines. Pharmacy technicians’ core role is to lead improvements to maximise safe, cost effective best practice in prescribing to improve the quality of patient care.
• Contribute to improving patient care and help patients get the best from their medicines
• Patient safety audits
• On the day queries - synchronising patient’s medication on repeat, dealing with out of stock medication
• Following up patients who have recently been discharged from hospital, intermediate care and into care homes.
• Discharge summary / letters from hospital – identifying and rectifying unexplained changes and working with patients and liaising with community pharmacy to ensure patients receive the medicines they need.
• Contacting patients post discharge to make them aware of changes to their medication if not already been informed by hospital, answering any questions in regards to the letter, booking patient in for bloods and referring/ signposting onto other services when required.
• Set up and manage systems to ensure continuity of medicines supply to high‐risk groups of patients (e.g. those with medicine compliance aids or those in care homes).
• Medication reviews
Cara Fryer - PCN Pharmacy Technician
Qualified in 2008 in Edinburgh
PCN pharmacy technician and previously worked at both Edinburgh Royal infirmary and Derby Royal Hospital. Cara has a total of 14 years experience working in hospital.
Cara joined PartnersHealth in October 2020 and her role in primary care is working alongside the GPs, pharmacists and other members of the primary care network by contributing and helping to improve patient care and support medicines optimisation
Based at Village Health Group and The Gamston Medical Centre
Jemma Ross - PCN Pharmacy Technician
GPHC registered Pharmacy Technician with over 12 years pharmacy experience working within community pharmacies and also the private hospital sector.
Jemma joined Partners Health in September 2020 and works alongside Clinical Pharmacists, GPs, Nurses and other healthcare professionals improving the quality of patient care through medicines optimisation.
Based at Belviour Health Group
Jessie Golds - PCN Pharmacy Technician
Jessie qualified as a Pharmacy Technician whilst working in Community Pharmacy and has also had experience working in the private sector. Jessie is extremely excited to start her journey within Primary Care after recently joining the team in 2021
Based at The Ruddington Medical Centre and Musters Medical Practice
Katerina Tsang - PCN Pharmacy Technician
Qualified in 2003 and spent 8 years working at the Nottingham City Hospital before moving over to the Primary Care Trust in 2008. From 2011 Katerina worked in the Nottingham Citycare medicines management team conducting compliance reviews for patients and training care homes on safe medicines administration.
Katerina joined Partners Health in September 2021 and is looking forward to working with the Pharmacists and GPs to help patients safely manage their medicines.
Based at Orchard Surgery and Village Health Group