Meet the Team and How to Find Us
Health Education England
London and South East Pharmacy Team
The Pinnacle 3F, Station Way, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 1JH
Tel: 01293 329076
Health Education England
London and South East Pharmacy Team
Stewart House, 4th Floor
32 Russell Square
London, WC1B 5DN
Helen Porter - Dean of Pharmacy
Helen is Pharmacy Dean for London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex, 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.
Helen is based in London and works full time.
Mob: 07825 724663
Shane Costigan - Associate Head of Pharmacy - Governance and Quality
Shane is responsible for leading a range of pharmacy workforce transformation programmes and for oversight of pharmacy education and training quality standards regionally. He has a passion for workforce transformation, clinical leadership, systems working and population health, having recently completed a Darzi fellowship with HEE where he led a regional programme of work focusing on organisational culture transformation and retention of staff working in health and care across all sectors. Shane has a background in hospital and community pharmacy, having previously held posts as a medicine's safety officer and pharmacy operational lead in a large acute teaching hospital. He is a Health Foundation “Q” member and an organising lead for TEDxNHS.
Shane is based in the London office and works full time.
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.
Katie works full time and is based in Crawley.
Tel: 01293 329043
Mob: 07711 466766
Atif Shamim - Associate Head of Pharmacy - Primary Care and Recruitment
Atif leads on community pharmacy workforce planning and development, helping to establish multi-professional collaborative working across primary care with a particular focus on establishing innovative projects across the region. He also leads the Pharmacy National Recruitment Scheme, which places pharmacy trainees into foundation training year training posts across England and Wales.
Mob: 07500 765642
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.
Rachel is based in the London office and works full time.
Mob: 07824 384170
Tracey Tisley - Programme Manager
Tracey leads on the development and delivery of workstreams specifically for the pharmacy technician and support staff workforce including the Cross Sector Pre-registration Pharmacy Technician Programme, the Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician programme and the Medicines Optimisation Programme and works Monday - Thursday.
Mob: 07741 238699
Fateha Al-Emran - Regional Workforce Transformation & Integration Lead, Pharmacy
Fateha is responsible for leading on pharmacy workforce transformation and integration projects within London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex and is currently supporting the Foundation Pharmacist Programme within the region. 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
Shabina Azmi - Regional Lead for Foundation Pharmacist Programme
As the Regional lead for the Foundation Pharmacist Programme, Shabina is primarily involved in the transformation, support and development of Foundation and Early Careers Pharmacist training.
One of her priorities include actively managing and supporting Foundation Pharmacist Training Programme Directors, through leadership and facilitation of networks, in all sectors and leading cross sector opportunities and supporting in the regional implementation of Foundation Pharmacist Training. Shabina is leading on projects to support the pharmacy workforce across primary care and community pharmacy, including pharmacy careers.
Shabina has a background in community pharmacy, academia, policy, private healthcare and civil service. Most notably she was one of the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellows (2018-19) based in Bupa, leading on raising the profile of the pharmacy profession across the business in addition to feeding into national workstreams within NHS England and Arm’s Length Bodies before joining Health Education England.
Pam Bahia - Pharmacy Programme Facilitator (Supervision)
Pam is one of the Pharmacy Programme Facilitators in the team and provides professional expertise to support the foundation training year pharmacist training programme. She also oversees the delivery of a portfolio of programmes, including the practice and educational supervisor training and accreditation. Pam is also involved in the design, use and implementation of the e-portfolio for pharmacy trainees.
Pam is based in the London office and works full time.
Rebecca Bastable - Pharmacy Programme Facilitator (Cross Sector Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician)
Becky is one of the Pharmacy Programme Facilitators in the team and provides professional expertise to support the Cross Sector Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician (PTPT) programme. She provides support to employers to implement the programme, develop educational infrastructure and manages programme governance and quality assurance processes.
Becky has a background in both primary and secondary care. Previous roles include working for a medical publication, an integrated medicines optimisation service and more recently as an education lead within hospital pharmacy.
Becky is based in the London office and works full time.
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 for the HEE LaSE Pharmacy Team Monday-Thursday and is based in London.
Amira Shaikh - Regional Facilitator Integrating pre-registration pharmacists into General Practice
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 in London.
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.
Iain is based in the Crawley office and works full time.
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. Suraj is working to develop a strategy and lead initiatives supporting the implementation of Quality metrics within Pharmacy training environments and develop a quality strategy that aligns with the HEE strategy for multi-professional learners and foundation pharmacists regionally and nationally. Suraj 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. He also works as a GP Practice Pharmacist for part of the week. Suraj is based in London and works part time.
Business and Administration Team
Wendi Lee - 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 Pre-reg recruitment work stream.
Tel: 01293 329076
Mob: 07788 415732
Jaime Wright - Project Support Officer
Jaime provides business and operational support for programmes and projects within the Pharmacy team. Jaime is responsible for leading on managing systems and data and for the operation of the London office.
Tel: 020 7125 7312
Deborah O'Dell - Administrator
Deborah is a part-time administrator for the Medicines Optimisation Programme and supports the team with TRAS administration. Her working days are Monday to Thursday.
Tel: 01293 329071
Victoria Ekundayo - Administrator (Apprentice)
Victoria is a n administrator for the Pharmacy team and is completing an Level 3 apprenticeship in Business Administration. She works full time and is based in London.
Tel: 020 3020 0289
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 is the local Early Careers Training Programme Director covering Sussex Health and Care Partnership. Alice works on Tuesday and Thursday.
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 a clinical lecturer at Sussex University School of Pharmacy. She is on the RPS Advanced Pharmacist Credentialing Programme Panel and RPS mentor and a member of the UKCPA Elderly Care Group.
Ritienne is the local Early Careers Training Programme Director covering Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership and Frimley Health Integrated Care System.
Ritienne has over 10 years of post-registration clinical pharmacist experience and has been working in Education and Training for several years within the Frimley Health ICS, leading on the pre-registration and diploma programmes and use of simulation suite facilities to support multi-professional learning. She also works at the University of Reading as a teaching practitioner and Pharmacy Careers Lead on the MPharm programme. Ritienne works Tuesday-Friday
Jenny is the local Early Careers Training Programme Director covering South West London Health and Care Partnership and her specialist remit is Primary Care. Jenny works Monday-Thursday.
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.
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 works Tuesday and Thursday.
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.
Maria is the local Early Careers Training Programme Director covering Kent and Medway STP. Maria works on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Maria 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. Maria 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.
Zena is the local Early Careers Training Programme Director covering South East London Integrated Care System and her specialist remit is Acute Trusts. Zena works Tuesday-Thursday.
Zena is a Clinical Pharmacist based at Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been re-deployed to Critical Care and supporting the Emergency Planning & Business Continuity Team at KCH. Prior to this, she worked as the South East London Vocational Training Scheme as a Project Manager and Educational Supervisor. She has recently completed an MSc in Health Policy from Imperial College London in 2020 and as part of this, conducted a retrospective cohort study investigating whether obesity was an independent risk factor for in-hospital mortality for COVID-19 patients admitted to KCH.
To get in touch with the Early Careers TPDs please complete an Enquiry form and your enquiry will be directed to the correct TPD.