Professor Mike Scott has held a number of positions within the hospital service sector of the Health and Social Care System in Northern Ireland since registration in 1982. He was awarded a PhD in Pharmacology in 1982. In 1994 he established the first academic practice unit in the province in conjunction with the Queen’s University of Belfast. He has published numerous full papers and made numerous conference presentations worldwide. He has also led teams that have won national and regional awards relating to medicines management and infectious diseases work. In 2004 he was made a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland. In June 2009 he was made an honorary Professor of Pharmacy Practice at QUB. He was awarded the GHP 2010 gold medal for outstanding contribution to the health service at national level. In 2014 he received the award for outstanding contribution to pharmacy in Northern Ireland from the Ulster Chemists Association. He is currently Head of Pharmacy and Medicines Management in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust based at the Pharmacy and Medicines Management Centre, Antrim Area Hospital.
Glenda Fleming studied pharmacy at Queen’s, Belfast and after completing pre-registration training and registering with the PSNI, returned to Queen’s to undertake a PhD. Following a short period of working as research fellow for the Northern Ireland Centre for Postgraduate Pharmaceutical Education and Training (NICPPET) she moved to HSC R&D Office where she worked as a Programme Manager. In this role she contributed to the implementation of the HSC R&D Strategy, developed policies and procedures governing the conduct of R&D; and provided leadership in the co-ordination of pharmaceutical R&D throughout NI. Dr Fleming is currently Deputy Director for the Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre (MOIC), Northern Health & Social Care Trust & the Training, Service Development and Research Pharmacist for the Trust. During her career she has gained over 16 years of experience, on a part-time basis, in community pharmacy and has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Linden studied pharmacy at Queen’s University, Belfast and after completing pre-registration training and registering with the PSNI, commenced a career in hospital pharmacy. During his 25 years in hospital clinical pharmacy practice he has seen it progress from being a support service to an essential partner in the provision of frontline healthcare. He completed a postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy and was in the first cohort of pharmacists to become Independent Prescribers in Northern Ireland. Linden then took up a post as part of the new regional Teacher Practitioner Network which was a joint post between the five NHS Trust’s in Northern Ireland and Queen’s University. Linden joined the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in 2009 taking up the post of Principal Pharmacist, Clinical Services. In this role he was responsible for the operational management of the clinical pharmacy team and during this time he has hosted pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students from countries across Europe and the Middle East. Following the establishment of the Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre (MOIC),Linden has taken up the role of Hosting and Knowledge transfer within the centre.
Anita Hogg has undertaken research in medicines management and delivered a number of quality and medicines optimisation programmes since joining the hospital sector in 2001. She was pharmacist co-ordinator of the award winning Integrated Medicines Management programme within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and supported the implementation and development of this work across Northern Ireland and in Europe. In 2002 she won the Northern Ireland Hospital Pharmacist of the Year Award and has published research papers and presented work on medicines management both nationally and internationally. She qualified as an Independent Prescriber in 2009 and has delivered postgraduate education and training throughout her career. Prior to joining the hospital sector, Anita Hogg worked with the Northern Health and Social Services Board on a sessional basis undertaking medicine reviews within the surgery setting and providing prescribing advice to General Practitioners. She was one of the first pharmacists to deliver the community pharmacy based ‘Managing Your Medicines’ service. During an attachment as Principal Pharmaceutical Officer, DHSSPS, Anita Hogg supported the implementation and delivery of the Pharmaceutical Clinical Effectiveness Programme in Northern Ireland. She is currently the Pharmaceutical Clinical Effectiveness lead for the Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre (MOIC) and continues to undertake research and deliver a medicines management service to outpatients.
Frans van Andel has Dutch nationality. He holds degrees in health economics from the Universities of Groningen and Utrecht and in public health from Harvard University, USA. Frans was awarded a PhD in pharmaceutical economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He has more than 25 years’ experience in economic issues involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices, with work experience in the pharmaceutical industry (Novartis, Switzerland), CRO’s, academia (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands) and in international organisations including the European Commission, World Health Organization, World Bank and bilateral programmes.
The specific remit of MOIC in internationalisation is to involve the organisation in EU and other grants, which aim to improve patient care in medicines optimisation across Europe. MOIC aims to further knowledge transfer in pharmacy medicines optimisation systems developed in Northern Ireland to other parts of the UK and Europe. A further focus is to advance the training and development of Health Care Professionals through welcoming visitors to Northern Ireland from Europe and overseas for training periods lasting up to 5 months.
Frans van Andel is leading the MOIC internationalisation process, aiming for the organisation to be an international hub for all aspects of medicines optimisation in areas such as research and development, human resources development and training and technical support. The starting point of internationalisation is the unique experience gained in Northern Ireland over almost 16 years of implementing medicines optimisation. Frans van Andel is well placed for his role in view of his many years of experience overseas in various roles with international organisations in the public and private sector, his project focussed approach and his intimate knowledge of pharmaceutical delivery and financing systems across the world. He is fluent in Dutch, English and German and conversant in French and Russian.