The DDA 2018 Annual Conference

The Dispensing Doctors’ Association (DDA) has announced its draft conference programme for 2018.

The theme of the conference is Dispensing – staying ahead of the curve.

As well as receiving the bespoke conference programme of dispensing practice content, DDA members will also be able to take away free copies of the new 2019 DDA Dispensing Guidance, which is being 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).

In addition, the two days of the event are a great opportunity to network with colleagues and pick up tips and hints to improve all aspects of your dispensing practice. Registration is free to dispensing practices, so don’t delay – register for your free place now.

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

Draft conference programme

(content may be subject to change; please check before making travel arrangements)

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 13:00 to 14:00Dispensing 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 – Department of Health and Social Care (representative to be confirmed)

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

2017 annual conference review

The DDA 2017 annual conference took the theme: ‘Dispensing: the power behind rural general practice’.

On the first day of the DDA 2017 annual conference, delegates were able to hear a comprehensive range of presentations on the key issues of the day. They were also able to take advantage of unique access to the expertise of the DDA board, as well as the unprecedented free networking opportunities presented by this unique professional event for dispensing GPs.

Reports from the 2017 annual conference can be accessed via the conference news portal on the right hand side of this page.

In the meantime, the DDA would like to thank you for your interest in our annual conference and it looks forward to seeing you in October, 2018.

For all the latest news of the 2018 DDA annual conference...

Learn more