The DDA 2018 Annual Conference

The theme of the 2018 conference was Dispensing – staying ahead of the curve.

As well as receiving the bespoke conference programme of dispensing practice content, DDA members were able to take away free copies of the new 2019 DDA Dispensing Guidance, which has been updated to include key information on the following aspects of dispensing practice

  • General Data Protection Regulation (2018)
  • The Falsified Medicines Directive (2019)
  • Changes to pharmaceutical services legislation (control of entry).

The two days of the event were a great opportunity to network with colleagues and pick up tips and hints to improve all aspects of your dispensing practice.

This is the fifth year the DDA conference has been held alongside the Best Practice conference and exhibition.

Reports from the 2018 DDA annual conference are available in the conference news area (right). Keep up to date with the DDA by following us on Twitter @theDDA1 #dispensingGP.

2018 conference programme 

Wed 17 October 2018

09:50 to 09:55 – Matthew Isom – chief executive, Dispensing Doctors’ Association – Introduction

09:55 to 10:45 – Dr Rob Lambourn, chair, RCGP Rural Forum – Is there a future for rural general practice?

10:50 -11:30 – Dr Richard Vautrey – chair, GPC – Rural general practice

12:00 to 13:00 – DDA AGM followed by chairman’s address by Dr Richard West – chair, DDA

Sponsored Lunch  & Learn 13:05 to 13.35 – Dispensing Doctor Solutions (DDS)’ directors Dr Wayne Turner and Amanda Chell – Your dispensary profitability journey. 250 free lunches served on a first-come, first-served basis, sponsored by Daiichi Sankyo

14.00 – 14.45 – Falsified Medicines Directive – Claymore Richardson, senior policy manager: pharmacy, Department of Health and Social Care

15.00 to 15.45 – Sponsored talk – Heidi McVay, head of commercial, PSUK  – Electronic Prescription Service

15:50 to 16:30 – Charlotte Goodson, lead advisor, Primary Care Commissioning

16.45 – Drinks reception for DDA members and invited guests

Thursday 18 October 2018

09:50 to 09:55 – Matthew Isom – chief executive, Dispensing Doctors’ Association – Introduction

09.55 to 10:45 – – Jacinta Edgar, DDA board member  – Mergers and acquisitions – dispensing at scale

11.00-12.00 – Dispensing in a digital age – technology review

  • NHS app – Andy Callow – programme developer, NHS Digital
  • Electronic CD registers – Taskeel Khan – community pharmacist and CD Smart developer
  • Dispensing GP app – Quintus Liu – CEO and co-founder, Healthera Ltd

12.05 – 12.55 – Sponsored talk – Takeda UK: Jon Neal, managing director; Amy Whyte, regulatory affairs and quality manager – An industry perspective on FMD and Brexit.

13.45 to 15:30 – Dr Philip Koopowitz, DDA board member – Hints and tips for improving margins

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