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Pharmacy advisory group

The Pharmacy HEEAG works alongside HEE’s Strategic Advisory Forum (SAF) to provide strategic professional advice and expertise to HEE around in its work on workforce planning and education development.



Advisory group members

  • Keith Ridge (Co-chair), NHS England
  • Chris Welsh (Co-chair), Health Education England
  • Ian Bates, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
  • Victoria Bray, Newly qualified health care professional
  • Andrew Chamberlain, Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK
  • Chris Cutts, Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education (CPPE)
  • Rob Darracott, Pharmacy Voice
  • Tess Fenn, Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK
  • Liz Fidler, KSS Deanery Pharmacy
  • Abbie Jackson, Newly qualified health care professional
  • Derek Marshall, Health Education England North East
  • David Miller, Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists
  • John Murphy, The PDA Union
  • Chloe O’Beirne, BPSA
  • Rose Marie Parr, NHS Education for Scotland (Observer)
  • Duncan Rudkin, General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Anthony Sinclair, Birmingham City Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • John Smart, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Brighton
  • Anthony Smith, UCL

Meeting dates

  • 02 Dec 2013 – Minutes
  • 19 Feb 2014 – Minutes
  • 17 Apr 2014 – Minutes
  • 29 Sep 2014 – Minutes
  • 17 Dec 2014 14:00 – 16:00 Portland House, London
  • 23 Feb 2015, 14:30 – 16:30, Portland House, London
  • 17 Jun 2015, 10:30 – 12:30, Portland House, London
  • 15 Oct 2015, 14:00 – 17:00, Portland House, London
  • 11 Dec 2015, 10:30 – 12:30, Portland House, London

For more information about this advisory group, please contact HEE.AdvisoryGroups@nhs.net.


Terms of reference

Purpose and Role

The overall purpose of the HEEAG is to work alongside HEE’s Strategic Advisory Forum (SAF) providing strategic professional oversight and expertise to Health Education England to influence decisions: 

  • Looking at a 1-5 year time frame (whilst being mindful of the longer term view and horizon scanning at a national level)
  • Uni-professional
  • Patient pathway focus.

The role of the HEEAG will be to:

  • Provide a short to medium term professional strategic view of the workforce planning and education system
  • Align the business of the HEEAG to enable HEE to meet its mandate and key strategic requirements across the profession or professions for health, public and social care
  • Support HEE in influencing decisions and policy concerning workforce planning and education for the profession or professions at a national level.


  • To provide expertise and advice on strategic workforce planning and education development across the profession.
  • To make profession-specific strategic recommendations to HEE in light of the Francis Inquiry and the requirements of HEE’s mandate.
  • To provide oversight on issues emerging from the profession or professions.
  • To identify and promote best practice both in the UK and internationally to help support the work of HEE.
  • To support the work of the HEE Strategic Advisory Forum and Patient Advisory Forum by providing professional oversight at a national level.

Governance and Membership

The HEEAG will be chaired by Dr Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer and co-chaired by Prof. Chris Welsh, Director of Education and Quality, HEE.

The HEEAGs will meet 4 times per year and meetings will be aligned to the HEE Strategic Advisory Forum dates.

The meetings will be held in HEE Offices (Portland House, London or Blenheim House, Leeds) for a maximum of 2.5 hours and wherever possible HEE offices will be used at zero cost. Teleconference facilities will also be utilised.

The HEEAG will be accountable to HEE’s Chief Executive through the HEE Strategic Advisory Forum.

The HEEAG will consist of a core membership of 20 (maximum). Core membership needs to be representative and consideration should be given to ensuring representation (where appropriate) from the following:

  • Chief Professional Officer
  • Higher Education Institute
  • Newly Qualified Health Care Professional
  • Patient/Lay representation (minimum 3)
  • Professional Regulator
  • Royal College
  • Student
  • Union

HEEAG members will have a high level of credibility with their constituency and be able to allocate sufficient time and have the flexibility required to make an effective contribution to the work of the HEEAG. The HEEAG will be supported by a secretariat provided by HEE’s Directorate of Education & Quality who will be in attendance at meetings. Each organisation/group represented on the HEEAG will have at least one member.

External experts may be invited to attend meetings in order to contribute to specific agenda items, if necessary. The HEEAG will convene time-limited topic-based working groups, drawn from a widerange of partners, to address key issues in detail. The working groups will be governed by the HEEAG and will produce and present papers at meetings when and where appropriate.

The membership term will initially be for 1 year. Where a HEEAG member does not attend a minimum of 2 meetings per year, a replacement nomination from the organisation/group they represented will be requested. New members will receive a comprehensive induction pack and will meet with the co-chairs prior to attending their first HEEAG meeting. The core of the HEEAG agenda will be informed by the work of the strategic priorities for HEE, HEE Strategic Advisory Forum, HEE Patient Advisory Forum and HEE LETBs.

Ways of Working

By joining the HEEAG members agree to:

  • Uphold the NHS Constitution
  • Always place the patient at the centre of HEE’s work, promoting and developing work streams aligned to pathways and patient journeys.
  • Allow all members to have an equal voice
  • Commit to the highest standards of conduct, as governed by the 7 Principles of Public Office
  • Adopt a ‘can do’ approach and be open to challenge
  • Use accessible terminology, providing clear explanation of specialist terms and acronyms both verbally and in written documentation
  • Uphold the constraints of discussing confidential data and information outside of the meeting when consulting within their constituencies on specific issues raised in meetings whilst supporting the need for openness and transparency

Review and Future Arrangements

The revised governance arrangements (including membership) will be reviewed annually to ensure the arrangements are fit for purpose.

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