Biographies Speakers

Alpana is Head of Prescribing and Therapeutics for Scottish Government, coordinating delivery of Programme for Governments work on Prescribing and Therapeutics, NHS Scotland Clinical Strategy and advising Ministers on Quality of Prescribing. She leads and chairs the National Scottish Polypharmacy guidance with multidisciplinary approach, including development of a clinician and patient app and chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society report on Pharmaceutical care in Care homes. Alpana leads a consortium for European funded project SIMPATHY, Simulating Innovation in the Management of Polypharmacy and Adherence in the elderly, leads work for WHO on Polypharmacy for the third Global Patient Safety Challenge , is the Vice Chair of WHO Systems and Practice group on Medication Safety and leads the Special Interest Group on Appropriate polypharmacy for the Integrated Foundation of Integrated Care (IFIC) . Alpana coordinates the European Union work on Active and Healthy Aging on polypharmacy and medications adherence. She is a Quality and Safety fellow and has been awarded funding for street outreach to improve homeless people mangagment of medications and multiple morbidities. Previously she was the Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for the Scottish Government. She works as an independent prescriber in Primary care running clinics for homeless patients to manage patients with multiple long term conditions and for patients with drug misuse. Alpana holds a clinical Masters in Clinical Pharmacy and in Advanced Leadership Practice from Harvard/ Napier University. She is an honorary lecturer at Strathclyde University, honorary senior lecturer at Robert Gordon University and Senior lecturer in Prescribing at School of Health and Social Care, Napier University. Her current areas of research interest include leadership in delivery of appropiate polypharmacy and medication saftey, interprofessional relationships and the impact on delivery of patient centred care and shared decison making.
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