Association for Prescribers

Anne Trotter

Assistant Director: Education and Standards at Nursing and Midwifery Council

Anne is currently the Assistant Director for Education and Standards in the Education, Standards and Policy directorate at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Her role includes responsibility for ensuring we meet our statutory duty in relation to Education, and Standards and this includes Quality Assurance of Education. Anne is currently leading on the delivery of the strategic education programme at the NMC.

Anne is registered with the NMC as children’s nurse and adult nurse. Prior to joining the NMC in 2010 Anne held senior roles in higher education within nursing, midwifery and medical education. During her career she has also held clinical and practice development roles in NHS settings, in both Scotland and England.

NMC Education Standards


Helen Marriot

Chief Professional Officers’ Medicines Mechanism Programme Lead
NHS England

Helen Marriott has been the Programme Lead for the Chief Professional Officers’ Medicines Mechanism Programme at NHS England since April 2017. In this role Helen is leading the extension of non-medical prescribing and access to medicines for several professionals. Prior to this Helen was the AHP Medicine’s Project lead at NHS England in which she successfully lead the work to introduce independent prescribing by Therapeutic Radiographers, supplementary prescribing by Dietitians and the sue of Exemptions within medicines legislation by Orthoptists. Since joining NHS England in October 2013, Helen has also acted into the position of Deputy Chief Allied Health Profession Officer for a period of 9 months.

Before joining NHS England, Helen was the Allied Health Professions Lead and Strategic Workforce Development Manager for Health Education East Midlands, providing professional advice and strategic leadership to the 12 allied health professions.

Prior to this role, Helen was the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority AHP lead and a physiotherapy clinical specialist within Rheumatology.
Helen graduated in Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University and also has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Leadership.

The Innovational Use of Prescribing by AHPs


Dr Bruce Warner

Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer NHS England Co-chair of the AHP Medicines Project

Bruce Warner is Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at NHS England, where he leads on medicines optimisation. Working closely with the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer he has responsibility for the strategic and operational development of medicines policy for NHS England. Bruce also works on the Community Pharmacy strategy and leads on Antimicrobial Resistance as well as previously co-chairing the Allied Health Professionals Medicines Project Board looking at extending prescribing right various AHPs.

Prior to this post Bruce worked in patient safety as Associate Director of Patient Safety at the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), and then as Deputy Director of Patient Safety at NHS England, where he led on the strategy for patient safety improvement for the NHS outcomes framework, and the patient safety advice and guidance function. This included work on sepsis and delivering the National Patient Safety Alerting System.

Bruce has also worked in most sectors of pharmacy including community, hospital, academia and at a PCG/T.

Medicines Mechanisms within the changing NHS


Panel Discussion Q & A

Is our prescribing really patient-centred?


Graham Brack

Pharmacist in Practice

Graham Brack is a community pharmacist and independent prescriber from Cornwall. Graham and his wife have been proprietors of their own pharmacy in Truro since 1985. In addition to his pharmacy degree Graham has an M.Phil in medical law and ethics.

He has lectured on the non-medical prescribing courses at Plymouth University and has collaborated with Penny Franklin on a couple of books about non-medical prescribing.

He also works part-time for Pharmacy Management (www.pharman.co.uk) as Head of Communications and Integration, and for NHS England in the south-west medical directorate conducting investigations, particularly concerning controlled drugs events.

Is our prescribing really patient-centred?


Wendy McCormack

Highly Specialist Podiatrist – Community Diabetes Queen Margaret Hospital

Wendy graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh in 1997. Wendy initially worked as a Community Podiatrist in September 1997 for NHS Fife in Kirkcaldy. In 1998 Wendy secured a permanent Community Podiatrist post based in Dunfermline and it was within this post she developed a keen interest in Diabetes.

During 2004 Wendy was promoted to Community Diabetes Specialist Podiatrist. In 2008 with encouragement from her managers and the Diabetes Podiatry team Wendy undertook the Independent/Supplementary Prescribing course and then the conversion course to Independent prescribing in 2014.

In the words of her friends and family “Wendy is a keen fitness fanatic and accomplished baker” as well as a busy mother and wife.


Alun Roebuck

Consultant Nurse in Cardiology/Associate Chief Nurse Advanced Practice
Lincolnshire Heart Centre, United Lincolnshire NHS Hospitals

Alun works as a Consultant Nurse in Cardiology at the Lincolnshire Heart Centre and as is also an Associate Chief Nurse for United Lincolnshire NHS Trust with the remit of Non-Medical Prescribing and  Advanced Clinical Practice. Alun has been as a Consultant Nurse in Cardiology for over x15-years and a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology for x10 years. He leads a team of x16 Advanced Clinical Practitioners in Cardiology (ACPs) who support the delivery of Primary Percutaneous Coronary Angioplasty (PPCI), heart failure, chest pain, arrhythmia and other acute services.  He has a clinical interest in the management of Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) and Transoesophageal Echocardiography. He was the nurse advisor on the current NICE guidelines for the Management of Unstable Angina and Non-ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction plus the NICE Quality Statement for Acute Coronary Syndromes. He was a member of NICE Technology Appraisal Committee B for x6 years, sits on the Trust Drugs and Therapeutics Committee and Lincolnshire Prescribing and Clinical Effectiveness Forum.

In addition to his clinical interests, Alun has an academic interest in Technology Assessment and has held honorary Senior Lectureship’s in several UK Universities. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Lincoln. He has received research grants in excess of £350k and has authored more than 40 peer reviewed papers, books, guidelines and technology appraisals. Prior to his current employment he was seconded to the Healthcare Commission and conducted regional audits of the implementation of the National Service Frameworks for Coronary Heart Disease in England and Wales on behalf of the National Audit Office and Welsh Assembly and was part of the team that developed the first National Audit Standards for Cardiac Rehabilitation.


Panel Discussion Q & A


Anna Baker

BN RGN INP PGCert-Applied Clinical Anatomy Cosmetic & Dermatology Nurse Practitioner

Anna Baker is a Cosmetic and Dermatology Nurse Practitioner who has been involved in developing Dalvi Humzah Aesthetic Clinical Training with Lead Tutor, Mr Dalvi Humzah, since it’s inception in 2012. She is the coordinator and a tutor for this teaching.

Anna has worked alongside Mr Dalvi Humzah as a Cosmetic Nurse Practitioner for 7 years and has jointly run nurse-led cosmetic clinics with him at The Nuffield Health Hospital in Cheltenham and Oxfordshire. Anna has previously held a national injectable role for a group of cosmetic skin clinics and worked independently as a cosmetic nurse. In addition to these roles, she runs Topical Photodynamic Therapy Clinics to treat non-melanoma skin cancer in conjunction with Ashfield Medical and Galderma UK Ltdand works in collaboration with TSK Europe B.V. and is a trainer for Aesthetic Source and Ha-Derma.

With a keen interest in facial anatomy, Anna holds a post-graduate certificate in Applied Clinical Anatomy-specialising in head and neck anatomy, and awarded ‘Highly Commended’ at the 2016 and 2017 Aesthetic Awards in the ‘Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner of The Year’ category. Anna is part of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing and a Specialist Nurse Advisor for PMFA News and contributes anatomical articles to a number of aesthetic journals. She frequently presents at national aesthetic and anatomical conferences and has been a previous runner up for ‘Dermatology Nurse of The Year’ at The British Journal of Nursing Awards in 2014 and been awarded ‘Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner of The Year’ at The British Journal of Nursing Awards 2016. She is currently undertaking an MA in Clinical Education at King’s College London and has undertaken the NMC Teacher Compendium Module as part of this study. Anna is a board member for The British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN).

Innovational Aesthetic Prescribing


Professor Mark Radford

Director of Nursing for NHS Improvement; BSc (Hons) RGN, PGDip (ANP), MA (Ed), PhD, FHEA

Mark Radford is Director of Nursing (Improvement) for NHS improvement with a portfolio that covers workforce , quality improvement and Governance.

Mark has worked in Perioperative, Emergency and Intensive care in the UK and Europe. He was previously been a Chief Nurse of a University Teaching Hospital and Consultant Nurse in Emergency & Trauma care.

Mark is Professor of Nursing at Birmingham City and Coventry Universities, and has published research on staffing, advanced practice, perioperative and trauma care.


Dr Nicola Carey

Reader in Long Term Conditions, Surrey University

Nicola is a Reader and lead for the Long term Conditions and Ageing Cluster with the School of Health Sciences. Nicola is a qualified nurse who has worked in a variety of posts across the country in primary care as both a practice nurse and nurse practitioner. Her research interests include quality improvement, workforce development, non-medical prescribing and patient self-management.

Since 2005 Nicola has been involved in a number of projects in non-medical prescribing, the findings from which have provided support for revised prescribing regulation and assisted service providers to understand how non-medical prescribing can be used in service redesign.

Evaluation of Physiotherapist & Podiatrist Independent Prescribing


Ashley Brooks

National Patient Champion

My role as the first National Patient Champion, sponsored by the Department of Health, began in May 2010.

I was appointed Patient Champion following the recognition of my self-funded, self-motivated campaign to reduce MRSA and other infectious diseases
within hospital settings and improve hygiene in general across the NHS. I became involved following treatment for leukaemia in 2001.

My journey as a patient through the NHS had both highs and lows.’


Mark Gagan
RN,LLM (Medical law),Post graduate diploma (Social research),RNT,ENB 100 General Intensive Care Certificate

Senior Lecturer Bournemouth University

Mark Gagan is currently a Senior Tutor and Programme leader for undergraduate adult nursing at Bournemouth University Faculty of Health and social care at the University Centre, Yeovil, campus in Somerset. He has written about legal issues and nurse prescribing for the past ten years. He has spoken at many conferences and workshops at local and national levels regarding the importance of nurse prescribing and the delivery of safe, competent, compassionate care.

Prescribing Law Update


Matthew Aiello & Dr David Terry

Health Education England

Matthew Aiello, Portfolio Lead

Matt is engaged in the research and development of innovative workforce transformation programmes, with an aim to address Urgent and Emergency Care workforce challenges in the UK.

Since taking up post in 2013, Matt has prepared and delivered an award-winning portfolio of pilot and test-of-concept projects, including: UK-first research and development to evidence the role of Pharmacist Clinicians in Urgent and Emergency Care; development of workforce strategies and new roles to support Physician Associates; international workforce projects, high-fidelity simulation planning and technology enhanced learning. Matt is currently leading workforce development programmes including: A Post-CCT GP Fellowship portfolio; a programme to identify training needs and provide focussed EM “shop-floor” training for Non-Training Grade doctors; multi-disciplinary Advanced Clinical Practice training; a study to consider the value of Medical Administrators in primary and secondary care and veteran workforce research.

Through his programme work and linked published works, Matt aims to demonstrate the value of a truly integrated, multi-professional, “front line” clinical team.

Dr David Terry, Clinical Lead

Dr David Terry registered as a pharmacist in 1982. His 30 year career includes community pharmacy, hospital, primary-care and academia.

He was awarded a PhD in 2011 by Aston University for his work on paediatric medicines management across the interfaces of care. In the same year he became the Director of the Pharmacy Academic Practice Unit – a joint collaboration between Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Aston University.

His current work includes developing advanced roles for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians; and paediatric oral enhanced medicines. He is the evaluation lead for the large HEE study concerning Pharmacists in ED (PIED) and is the Programme Director for advanced clinical training at Aston. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2016.

Clinically Enhanced Pharmacist Independent Prescribing programme


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