Meet the Team and How to Find Us
London Pharmacy Team
10 South Colonnade
Canary Wharf, London E14 4PU
Tel: 01293 329076
Atif Shamim - Head of Pharmacy/National Lead, Foundation Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment
Atif Shamim is the Head of Pharmacy for London, nationally leading on foundation pharmacist training, pharmacy technician workforce development, pharmacy careers and pharmacy apprenticeships. Regionally, Atif 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.
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.
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
Rachel Stretch - Foundation Trainee Pharmacist Lead & Regional Lead for the National Foundation Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment Scheme
Rachel’s role includes leading and implementing supplementary education and training for trainee pharmacists across London. She is also regional lead for the national foundation trainee pharmacist recruitment scheme (Oriel). Other responsibilities include contributing to national trainee pharmacist education workstreams to support the implementation of GPhC reforms to the initial education and training of pharmacists and supporting trainee pharmacist educational programme directors through the leadership and facilitation of networks.
Tracey Gotts (nee 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.
Fateha Al-Emran - Programme Manager – Pharmacy Integration Programme, London
Please note that Fateha Al-Emran is currently on Maternity Leave.
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.
Jennifer Guffie - Early Careers Pharmacist Lead
Jennifer, in collaboration with the Associate Head - Early Careers, is responsible for providing professional leadership, expertise, and support to further develop and implement a strategy for early careers pharmacist education and training within London, working in partnership with key stakeholders and systems. Jennifer leads the regional implementation of the Newly Qualified Pharmacist Pathway. She also supports and coordinates the Early Careers Training Programme Directors, in delivery of the early careers’ strategy.
Jennifer has a background in hospital pharmacy and primary care having held posts in cardiothoracics, formulary, and pharmacy publishing. Her most recent role has been as Training Programme Director at Kings College Hospital to develop and implement the HEE LaSE funded South East London Foundation Pharmacist Vocational Training Scheme pilot.
Jagruti Patel - Programme Manager, Pharmacy Integration Programme London
Jagruti is responsible for leading on pharmacy workforce transformation and integration projects within London. She has worked in several organisations and has a background in the training and development of trainee and newly qualified pharmacists, as well as pharmacists and pharmacy support staff working in a community pharmacy setting.
Jagruti is passionate about supporting and developing the current and future workforce and believes pharmacy teams have a vital role to play as the NHS and how we care for our patients evolves.
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.
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.
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 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. 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.
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
Wendi Lee - Senior Business Manager
Wendi supports the team 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 foundation trainee pharmacist national recruitment and eportfolio work stream.
Nyawa Phiri - Project Manager
Nyawa supports Wendi and the wider team with all aspects of HEE's business processes including governance, finance, data management. She also provides project management expertise to various team and national transformation projects.
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.
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.
Arif Senturk - Project Officer
Arif is working on the national ePortfolio workstream for the Foundation Training Year supporting with data management and developments.
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 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.
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.
Trishna is the London Early Careers Training Programme Director. Having completed a postgraduate clinical diploma and the independent prescribing course, her specialist remit includes independent prescribing, mentoring and on-call.
Trishna’s background is in hospital pharmacy, having worked in various roles at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She currently holds the position of Principal Antimicrobial Pharmacist at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust two days of the week.
Trishna is passionate about workforce development, education and training. She works three days a week.
To get in touch with the Early Careers TPDs please complete an Enquiry form and your enquiry will be directed to the correct TPD.