The DDA 2017 Annual Conferencebest-practice-navy-with-dates2017-cmyk-01

Delegate places are filling up fast for the DDA 2017 annual conference. As of mid-August 2017, pre-registrations were over double those of the same time in 2016.

Registration is underway for the DDA’s 2017 annual conference on Wednesday 18 October and Thursday 19 October at the NEC, Birmingham, following a very successful 2016 annual conference held in conjunction with Best Practice.

The theme of the DDA 2017 Annual Conference is: ‘Dispensing: the power behind rural general practice’.

Programme Preview

Wednesday 18th October 2017

9.50am: Dr Matthew Isom – Introduction

9.55-10.45am: Susan Grieve – The view from Department of Health

10.50-11.30am: Dr Richard West – Chairman’s Address

12-1pm: DDA Chairman’s address and AGM (DDA members can access AGM papers here)

2.05-2.50pm: Jerome Bertin, general manager, SecurMed UK – The Falsified Medicines Directive in dispensing practice

3.00-3.40pm: Dr David Bailey – Report from the coalface of medico-politics

3.50: Philip Edwards NHSBSA – Processing and payment for dispensing GPs


Thursday 19th October 2017

9.50am: Dr Matthew Isom – Introduction

9.55-10.45am: Dr David Jenner – Political rumblings from Devon

10.55-11.30am: Rachael Balcombe – So who needs a Buying Manager?

12-12.40am: Vanessa Kingsbury – Dispenser training update


Be the first to see the full DDA conference programme.  Register to attend the DDA 2017 Annual Conference now

Feedback from delegates visiting the 2016 annual conference shows the value of coming to a DDA conference

Prab Uppal, GP at the Albrighton Medical Practice: “As a GP looking at the dispensing side of the practice, this has really helped to give me a better understanding. There’s lots of good medical information available here. The quality of the event is very good.”

John Evans, practice manager at the Yoxall Health Centre: “This show is very useful for finding out what is going on in the wider sector and learning best practice. The dispensing bit of the show has been very good.”

Rachel Balcombe, purchasing manager at the Riverside surgery, North Lincolnshire:
“[The conference] helps us to understand whether we are doing the right thing with our prescribing and what we doing is profitable. This event helps us to see where we need to make changes.  It keeps us all up to date and we find it really useful.”

Year after year, the DDA annual conference offers a unique networking opportunity and the 2016 event was no exception. Over the two days of the annual conference, over 150  dispensing practice GPs and other staff visited the DDA stand to network with Board members and receive the help and advice of the DDA team.

The conference provided over seven hours of high quality and bespoke education and thought-leadership for dispensing practices – once again proving the value of DDA membership.

Reports from the 2016 annual conference can be accessed via the conference news portal on the right hand side of this page.

For all the latest news of the 2017 DDA annual conference...

Learn more