Booking for delegate places at the 2023 DDA annual conference closes on Friday 8 September.

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The 2023 DDA annual conference will repeat the stand-alone event format. It will take place on Weds-Thurs 27-28 September 2023 at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel Events Centre, Birmingham, just a few minutes’ walk from Birmingham New Street Station.

Some 30 exhibitors are already booked and the programme of speakers is now available, offering delegates two full days’ worth of informative talks on subjects ranging from practical dispensing matters as well as the changing NHS landscape for dispensing.

The conference provides an ideal opportunity for dispensers, dispensary managers, practice managers, pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, and GPs to network, and we are delighted to offer DDA member practices free places for all members of their teams. Delegate packages include a light lunch and our ever-popular drinks reception on the Wednesday evening, which has once again been kindly sponsored by PSUK.

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The 2023 conference programme is currently as follows*:

Wednesday 27 September, 2023

09.30 – Introduction and Welcome – Matthew Isom

09.30 – 10.15 – Keynote – Mike Dent, director of pharmacy funding, Community Pharmacy England – (It’s) the economy, stupid…

10.15 – 10.45 – Sponsored talk PSUK – Simon Coles – Navigating the challenging market and maximising efficiencies, featuring Golden Tote

Tea/Coffee and Exhibition break

11.20 – 12.20 – Dr Richard West and Matthew Isom- Dispensing state of the nations

12.20 – 12.30 – DDA AGM

Lunch and Exhibition Break

13.30 – 14.00 – Sponsored talk Dispensing Doctor Solutions – Dr Wayne Turner – Maximise your dispensary profitability

14.05 – 14.55 – Qs & As – Dr Ben Burgess, Dr Fiona Porter, Mark Stone

Tea/Coffee and Exhibition break

15.30 – 16.00 – Sponsored talk AstraZeneca – Mark Stone – Time to improve the management of cardiorenal disease in primary care

16.05 – 16.55 – Dr David Jenner – The future for dispensing doctors in the NHS

17.00 – 18.00 – Drinks Reception – Sponsored by PSUK

Thursday 28 September 2023

09.00 – Introduction and Welcome – Matthew Isom

09.00 – 09.45 – Dr Rajeev Kanwar – Life after loss of dispensing due to a successful pharmacy opening

09.50 – 10.20 – Sponsored talk Omnicell – Louise Langton – Internet pharmacy – Turning threat into an opportunity

Tea/Coffee and Exhibition break

10.50 – 11.30 – Dr Philip Koopowitz – Pharmacy, hybrids and wholesaler dealer licences: pitfalls and benefits

11.35 – 12.05 – Sponsored talk Dispensing Doctor Experts – Alastair Carmichael and Greg Bull – Ten steps to profitable dispensing

Lunch and Exhibition Break

13.00 – 13.50 – Dr Mike Barstow – All you (n)ever wanted to know about your Drug Statement and VAT

Tea/Coffee and Exhibition break

14.20 – 14.50 – Sponsored talk Cambrian Alliance – Julia Hodgson and Edward Down – Profitability – take back control against a backdrop of rising drug prices, staffing challenges and supply issues

14.55 – 15.55 –Dr Philip Koopowitz – Dr Philip Koopowitz – Practical dispensing hints and tips – concessions, SSPs, flu jabs, etc. 

16.00 – Close

Download the DDA 2023 conference programme (pdf)


Some 29 exhibitors have booked to attend this year’s DDA Conference which will be held on 27-28 September at the Burlington Hotel Events Centre, Birmingham.

These companies represent a rich mix of dispensary business partners including wholesalers, manufacturers, dispensary business information specialists as well as technology and robotics companies.

The DDA especially welcomes the platinum exhibitors: Cambrian Alliance and My Sugar Watch.

New diamond exhibitors include Amarin and Aga Matrix, which join the following returning exhibitors: AstraZeneca, Lupin, Medpoint, PSUK, Teva and Zentiva.

New gold exhibitors include: A. Menarini, Glenmark, Flynn Pharma and Titan. These new exhibitors join 16 previous exhibitors, making a total of 20 gold exhibitors.

The DDA thanks the exhibitors as this allows us to offer free delegate places to DDA member practices.

To exhibit and/or advertise to this exclusive audience, please contact Jenny Wallis[email protected]

Presentations and slides from the 2022 conference have been added to the conference news section (right).

The DDA would like to thank the speakers, delegates, exhibitors and the PCC events team that helped to make the DDA annual conference 2022 such a great success.

*Subject to change. Please check before making travel arrangements