Meet the Team and How to Find Us
Health Education England
London and South East Pharmacy Team
32 Russell Square
London, WC1B 5DN
Tel: 01293 329076
Helen Porter - Dean of Pharmacy
Helen is Pharmacy Dean for London , nationally leading on foundation pharmacist training, pharmacy technician workforce development, pharmacy careers and pharmacy apprenticeships. Regionally Helen leads a team to deliver on strategic aims and workforce priorities, aligned to national programmes, working closely with system leaders and stakeholders delivering on workforce planning, development and transformation. Helen is a EMCC Coaching Practitioner and has an MBA in Public Services Management.
Mob: 07825 724663
Samantha Quaye - Head of School (Pharmacy)
Samantha is the Head of School (Pharmacy) for London, supporting development of Our NHS People by delivering on strategic aims and workforce priorities, in line with national programme direction. She is responsible for oversight of pharmacy education and training quality standards, leading on design, development, provision and innovation of the Pharmacy Programmes, to achieve the aims of the regional workforce development and transformation strategy.
Sam has a passion for equality, diversity and inclusion, supporting research and clinical leadership across systems, in collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders.
Katie Reygate - Associate Head of Pharmacy - Early Careers
Katie is responsible for leading the strategy for education and training of Foundation Pharmacists to support the HEE mandate and local workforce transformation. This includes developing an infrastructure to support workplace learning, leading on the quality management of Foundation Pharmacists and programme managing local Vocational Training Scheme pilots.
Katie leads the strategy to optimise safe prescribing throughout London and SE. She chairs the Prescribing Assessment Group (PAG) which is carried out on induction on all newly qualified South Thames Foundation School doctors. Katie manages the regional independent and supplementary non-medical prescribing programmes contracts.
Tel: 01293 329043
Mob: 07711 466766
Atif Shamim - Associate Head of Pharmacy - Primary Care and Integration/National Lead, Foundation Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment
Atif leads on workforce planning, development and integration across primary care, with a particular focus on community pharmacy and helping to establish and support multi-professional collaborative working and innovative projects across the region. He also leads the Foundation Trainee Pharmacist National Recruitment Scheme (commonly known as ORIEL), which places pharmacy trainees into foundation training posts across England and Wales. Atif has experience across multiple areas of practice, including community pharmacy, secondary care and academia, and has an MBA in Leadership.
Mob: 07500 765642
Aamer Safdar - Associate Head of Pharmacy - Early Careers
Aamer is the Associate Head of Pharmacy for early careers. He is responsible for the years 1-4 of the pharmacy undergraduate degree and the foundation training year (year 5) as well as newly qualified pharmacists. Aamer is the regional lead for pharmacist independent prescribing in the managed sector (secondary care). Aamer is the London representative for the national genomics programme for the pharmacy undergraduates.
Tel: 01293 329076
Rachel Stretch - Trainee Pharmacist Training Programme Director
Rachel is responsible for leading and implementing a strategy for trainee pharmacist education and training across London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex. She is also regional lead for the national foundation trainee pharmacist recruitment scheme (Oriel). Her role includes contributing to national trainee pharmacist education workstreams, managing the HEE regional trainee pharmacist programme for London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex, contributing to the early years training for pharmacists agenda and supporting trainee pharmacist educational programme directors through the leadership and facilitation of networks.
Mob: 07824 384170
Tracey Tisley - Programme Lead, Pharmacy Technicians and Support Staff
Tracey leads on the development and delivery of workstreams specifically for the pharmacy technician and support staff workforce including the Pharmacy Technician Workforce Expansion Programme, Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician Programme and Medicines Optimisation Programme.
Tracey has a background in primary and secondary care as well as education and workforce planning at regional and national levels. Tracey works Monday to Thursday.
Mob: 07741 238699
Fateha Al-Emran - Programme Manager – Pharmacy Integration Programme, London
Fateha is responsible for leading on pharmacy workforce transformation and integration projects within London and is currently co-leading the Foundation Pharmacist E-portfolio Programme as well as leading on a cancer project to support the community pharmacy workforce. Fateha has a background in hospital pharmacy having held posts within medicines safety and surgery as well as Lead Education, Training and Development Pharmacist for one of the largest multi-site acute trusts in London.
Tel: 0203 020 0610
Jennifer Guffie - Early Careers Pharmacist Lead
Jenny is the local Early Careers Training Programme Director covering South West London Health and Care Partnership and her specialist remit is Primary Care.
Jennifer Guffie has a background in hospital pharmacy (cardiothoracics, formulary and guideline development), primary care (CCG) and pharmacy publishing (Stockley’s Drug Interactions). Her most recent role has been at Kings College Hospital as a Training Programme Director to develop and implement the HEE LaSE funded South East London Foundation Pharmacist Vocational Training Scheme pilot (SEL FP VTS Oct 2017-Dec 2020), a multi-sector post-registration foundation training programme which integrated hospital, community pharmacy, NHS LPP and primary care placements with independent prescribing in a 3 year programme. Jenny works Monday to Thursday.
Umeh Ali - Pharmacy Clinical Fellow
Umeh is currently working on a variety of projects at NHS England to gain a deeper understanding of healthcare, as well as a chance to contribute to the healthcare landscape and to observe and learn from great leaders. She is also looking into equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) to support the inclusive pharmacy practice initiative and EDI agenda.
Umeh has worked in primary care for several years in an array of settings, including large-chain pharmacies, GP practices and Integrated Care Boards. She also works with the RPS education team to deliver educational webinars to pharmacy colleagues across the UK.
Emma Walker - Pharmacy Programme Facilitator (Pharmacy Technicians)
Emma is one of the Pharmacy Programme Facilitators providing educational and professional expertise across a range of programmes to develop the pharmacy technician workforce. She also provides support to employers to implement Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician (PTPT) work-based training, develop educational infrastructure and manages governance and quality assurance processes for pharmacy technician programmes.
Emma has a background in secondary care, mental health and pharmacy education, working at local and regional level.
Tel: 0203 0200498
Kulpna Daya - Pharmacy Programme Facilitator (Pharmacy Technicians)
Kulpna is one of the Pharmacy Programme Facilitators providing educational and professional expertise across a range of programmes to develop the pharmacy technician workforce. She also provides support to employers to implement Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician (PTPT) work-based training, develop educational infrastructure and manages governance and quality assurance processes for pharmacy technician programmes.
Kulpna has a background in both primary and secondary care. Previous roles include governance and medicines safety, homecare, pharmacy medicines optimisation service and more recently as the professional and educational lead within a hospital pharmacy.
Tel: 0203 0200235
Fahmeda Jangi - Pharmacy Programme Facilitator (Supervision)
Fahmeda works within the team as one of the pharmacy programme facilitators to deliver training events and design e-learning modules for our foundation training year trainee pharmacists. Fahmeda works Monday to Thursday.
Jaimisha Patel - Pharmacy Programme Facilitator (Recruitment)
Jai works within the team as one of the pharmacy programme facilitators to deliver training events and design e-learning modules for our foundation training year trainee pharmacists. Jai works Monday to Thursday.
Amira Shaikh - Pharmacy Programme Facilitator (Education and Training)
Amira works supporting trainee pharmacists in their foundation training year during their time in general practice, supporting training sites in implementing the training and engaging stakeholders in joining the training program. Amira's background is as a community pharmacist, and working in a CCG, NHS111 and general practice. Amira works part time with HEE and part-time with UCL School of Pharmacy, teaching on their Independent Prescribing Course. Amira works Thursdays and Fridays.
Iain Taylor - Pharmacy Programme Facilitator (Assessment and Trainee Voice)
Iain leads on the development and review of formative assessment in the foundation training year pharmacist training programme across London and the South East. He is also responsible for recruitment and engagement of regional trainee representatives, ensuring the trainee voice has input in to strategic development of the programme.
Mob: 07557 034234
Suraj Varia - Pharmacy Programme Facilitator (Primary Care and Quality)
Suraj contributes to the design, development and delivery of the primary care pharmacy programme. He works to support the integration of community pharmacy into Training Hubs and Primary Care Networks. Suraj also supports the development of general practice placements within the Foundation training year.
Suraj’s background is in community pharmacy and general practice. He is currently Director/Lead Pharmacist of the Jade Pharmacy group. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Brent and Harrow Local Pharmaceutical Committee and a member of the Hertfordshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee. Suraj works part-time and also works as a GP Practice Pharmacist for part of the week.
Business and Administration Team
Wendi Lee - Senior Business Manager
Wendi supports Helen and all team members to ensure all aspects of the business plan are managed and planned in a cost effective way. She takes the lead in assisting in the successful delivery of business objectives. Wendi manages internal and external communications, leads on managing the commissioned trainee funding and is involved in the trainee pharmacist national recruitment work stream.
Tel: 01293 329076
Nyawa Phiri - Project Manager
Nyawa supports Wendi and the wider team with all aspects of HEE's business processes including governance, finance and managing data.
Tel: 020 3020 0214
Sharon Gomba - Project Support Officer
Sharon works with the Pharmacy Technician team supporting the workforce expansion projects and cross sector programmes. She also supports the team with managing the shared mailbox and trainee support reporting.
Victoria Ekundayo - Project Support Officer
Victoria works with the Foundation Training Year team and also works on a number of projects within the team.
Tel: 020 3020 0289
Deborah O'Dell - Administrator
Deborah is a part-time administrator for the Medicines Optimisation Programme and manages the educational infrastructure change forms and Moodle accounts. Her working days are Monday to Thursday.
Tel: 01293 329071
Local Early Careers Training Programme Directors (TPDs)
Sureena is the local Early Careers Training Programme Director covering North West London Integrated Care System, her specialist remit is Community Pharmacy. Sureena works Monday to Friday.
Sureena has a background in community pharmacy, working in an array of settings, including independent pharmacies, large-chain pharmacies, pharmacies within GP practice and those affiliated with care homes. Her most recent role has been at the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) as a Lead Learning and Development Pharmacist, project managing the NPA’s learning management system, the Learning Academy. As well as this, Sureena was the course lead for many courses at the NPA including the Pre-registration Training Programme.
Alice has worked in pharmacy education for several years within Acute Trusts in Sussex and South East London. Her current role is with East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust as one of the Training Programme Directors for the Multisector Foundation to Advanced Vocational Training Programme and Lead for the Trainee Pharmacist Foundation year. She is a member of the RPS Advanced Pharmacist Credentialing Programme Panel and RPS mentor and a member of the UKCPA Elderly Care Group. Alice works on Tuesday and Thursday.
Lauren is the local Early Careers Training Programme Director covering North East London Integrated Care System, her specialist remit for the whole region is Community and Mental Health.
Lauren is a Senior Mental Health Pharmacist who is in the process of completing the Advanced Clinical Practice Pathway at North East London Foundation Trust. She has a background in Mental Health and Community Hospital pharmacy, as well as Acute Hospital clinical experience. She has a keen interest in Education and Training and has worked closely with colleagues at neighbouring hospitals to develop and implement a mental health cross-sector placement programme for Pre-Registration Pharmacists. Lauren is also supporting the development of a specialist mental health competency framework for continued learning post-registration. Lauren works Tuesday and Thursday.
Maria is the local Early Careers Training Programme Director covering Kent and Medway ICS. She has a hospital pharmacy background with experience in a broad range of clinical settings, governance, audit and pharmacy education and training. Before Joining the Early Careers Training Programme Director team, Maria was EPD for Trainee Pharmacists and Foundation Pharmacists at Darent Valley Hospital in Kent.
Maria is an independent prescriber with a special interest in substance and alcohol misuse. She is a member of ‘Pharmacy Declares’ and is keen on advancing the role of pharmacy teams in environmental sustainability and decarbonisation to meet the NHS pledge to become carbon neutral by 2040. Maria works on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
To get in touch with the Early Careers TPDs please complete an Enquiry form and your enquiry will be directed to the correct TPD.