Dr Graham Stretch has been appointed as President of the Primary Care Pharmacy Association (PCPA). The move comes as Liz Butterfield stands down. Liz has held the position of President since 2015 and has overseen significant growth and development of the organisation.
The PCPA was established for the benefit of all primary care pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with an active interest in primary care pharmacy. It is the largest and longest standing independent organisation dedicated to supporting pharmacy professionals working within primary care.
The PCPA has a mission to support primary care pharmacists and pharmacy technicians through a network of leading practitioners, sharing best practice and inspiring innovation. Their mission is to promote clinical excellence for the benefit of our patients, their members and the profession.
Liz Butterfield commented on her tenure as President and also on the appointment of Graham Stretch:
“It really has been a huge privilege to have held the office of President of the Primary Care Pharmacy Association since late 2015. We are going from strength to strength and actively encouraging talented pharmacy professionals to get involved and collectively move forward for the benefit of primary care and patients.
“PCPA is a real team effort and we are very fortunate to have the most amazing innovators, leaders and specialist advisors who together share their enthusiasm and expertise with members and colleagues – a big thank you to all of you! I would also like to thank PCPA Manager, Michelle Kaulbach-Mills who has been a great friend and colleague, along with Melisa and Carol who make everything work so smoothly. Heartfelt thanks to all who have been actively involved in our committees and conferences – you are all stars and your commitment is really appreciated. Thank you too to all members of PCPA – it’s all about you.
“I am now handing the Presidency baton to Dr Graham Stretch who has been such an inspiring Vice President of PCPA. Congratulations Graham, you will be brilliant, and all very best wishes for the future to PCPA.”
Dr Graham Stretch commented on his appointment:
“It is a great honour to have been asked to take up the presidency of PCPA at this time of great change for pharmacy professionals in primary care. Liz Butterfield, as President, has guided the PCPA with skill and care, laying solid foundations, supporting and leading primary care pharmacy as it has moved into a more confident era. Pharmacy is taking up a central role in the delivery of care across settings, pharmacy professionals are expertly taking up roles outside the traditional community and hospital settings in urgent care, care homes, general practices and now Primary Care Networks.
“The next few years promises to herald a step change, thousands of pharmacy professionals will take up roles in Primary Care Networks and elsewhere, these skilled and talented individuals need proactive support, confident and forward-thinking role models, attentive mentors and strong positive networks. PCPA will facilitate this and so much more.
“As individual pharmacists and pharmacy technicians travel on their journeys from preregistration, through foundation towards advanced practice and consultancy, PCPA will provide local and national assistance, offer opportunities to build portfolios, provide training, offer meaningful resources and most of all, be a connected group of coal face practising professionals offering real-time, friendly, virtual and face to face networks.
“The PCPA is a unique peer to peer association of equals, we champion pharmacy practitioners and the expertise, safety and efficiency they add to any team. We are outward looking, research and evidence-based, open and optimistic for our profession’s future.
“We lift as we climb, facilitating and supporting members to upskill and thrive, providing an environment that celebrates innovation whilst embracing a sharing culture, generous with its time and expertise, so we all collectively benefit from our most precious resource – our members. I look forward to sharing the next few years with these members and growing together.”