28th Annual Scientific Meeting

Coventry University, London Campus, 109-117, Middlesex Street, London E1 7JF

Friday 27th January 2017

“Deprescribing: is less more?”

Deprescribing involves reducing doses or even stopping medicines which may be causing harm, or are not providing benefit, or are potentially inappropriate, with the aim of   reducing medication burden and harm, while maintaining or improving quality of life. It’s increasing in importance because of the rise of polypharmacy, so our conference is very timely. We have three outstanding speakers with extensive experience in both research and practice in reducing excessive medicines use, from whom we will learn a great deal.  If you are at all interested in optimising medicines use, don’t miss it!

Confirmed speakers include: 

Joanne Reeve – Associate Clinical Professor in General Practice, University of Warwick – Chair, Society for Academic Primary Care

Joanne is a practising physician, a medical generalist, and an academic. Her work is underpinned by a vision of revitalising primary care through education, research and professional practice. She contributes in two main areas. Firstly, in her work to develop, deliver and evaluate whole person generalist solutions to the complex problems facing today’s healthcare – multimorbidity, problematic polypharmacy, difficult mental health and overwhelmed acute care. Secondly, in work to raise the profile, capacity and impact of the discipline of academic primary care as core to achieving improved primary care. She does so by working in, with, and across a range of communities: clinical, academic and public. All with the aim to support a widely shared goal to build the strong Primary Care that we need, “Now More Than Ever”. 

Professor Nina L Barnett MSc FRPharmS FFRPS IPresc JP – Consultant Pharmacist, Older People at London North West Healthcare NHS Trust,  Pharmacy Adviser for Older People for NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service, EMCC EQA Practitioner level coach.

Nina Barnett is a Consultant Pharmacist with a proven track record in both strategic an operational development relating to clinical pharmacy and clinical leadership in the area of older people. Nina has developed and delivered MSc level courses to health care professionals including care of older people and prescribing pharmacists at UCL School of Pharmacy and Kings College London, where she is currently a Visiting Professor. She has also designed and delivered health coaching training to consultants, GPs nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals. She has pioneered the use of coaching in pharmacy to optimising patient adherence and, with colleagues, designed a patient centred process for managing polypharmacy.

Her current work includes developing, implementing and validating the award winning integrated medicines support service (HSJ awards 2015) focussing on reducing risk of preventable medicines-related readmission for older people in both hospital and primary care. She is a national leader in use of patient centred approaches to medicines-related patient care.

Professor Denis O’Mahony – University College Cork 

Prof.  O’Mahony is associate professor in the Department of Medicine at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland and a Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine and General Internal Medicine at Cork University Hospital since 1999. He received his primary degree and postgraduate doctoral degree from University College Cork. He completed his specialist training in St James’s Hospital, Dublin and the Radcliffe Hospitals, Oxford prior to taking up a post as Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine in the University of Birmingham, UK in 1995.

His principal research interests are inappropriate prescribing and adverse drug reactions in older people. He has led a successful research group in UCC that has devised and validated internationally recognized criteria for potentially inappropriate prescribing in older people known as STOPP/START. The STOPP/START criteria have formed the basis of successful research funding grants both from the Irish Health Research Board and also from the European Commission through the FP7 Programme (the SENATOR project, which Prof. O’Mahony co-ordinates; www.senator-project.eu ) and more recently in 2015 through the Horizon 2020 Programme (the OPERAM project, http://operam2020.tp21-server.de in which Prof. O’Mahony is a co-PI).  He currently actively collaborates with academic research colleagues in the UK, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Iceland, Switzerland and Greece.

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