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Addressing the challenges of 21st century pharmacy

Pharmacy Show

Addressing the challenges of 21st century pharmacy

Over 9,000 attendees are expected at The Pharmacy Show, which takes place on 7-8 October 2018 at the NEC Birmingham. It promises to be the biggest ever show for organisers CloserStill Media, in association with Pfizer Healthy Partnerships.

What with funding cuts, pressure on staffing levels, automation, an ageing population, and the increasing demand for primary care services, together with revalidation, GPDR and FMD, 2018 is ushering in a host of new challenges. More than ever, The Pharmacy Show is about helping pharmacists through the difficult times and what lies ahead.

The Show maintains its delivery of high quality education and awareness through more than 150 educational and current affairs sessions across the seven different conference streams:

  • Keynote Theatre: driving pharmacy towards a better future
  • Business Theatre: practical tips for quick wins and how to tackle funding cuts  
  • Pharmacy Technology Theatre: embracing the digital revolution
  • GP Pharmacy Theatre: integrating community pharmacy with GP practice  
  • Pharmacy Services Innovation Theatre: the nation’s best innovations
  • Clinical Theatre: major therapy areas with advanced clinical content
  • Public Health & Wellbeing Theatre: from illness to wellness.

The programme has been designed by a steering panel of professionals brought together to help direct and support the education programme for the Show. The sessions will help pharmacists and their teams keep up with all latest developments, grow their business and improve patient outcomes. It will give them all the practical training and advice they need to address the many challenges the pharmacy sector has been facing over the past few years.

Not only will pharmacists get access to the best speakers across the industry, the programme will give them actionable learning and inspiration they won’t find anywhere else. All sessions are 100% CPD accredited and all have been designed for pharmacists to gain sufficient planned and unplanned learning towards revalidation.

A new online platform, ‘Pharmacy Connect’, is being launched to help pharmacists find a peer as part of
the shows support for revalidation. A Revalidation Tea Time will be organised for peers to meet in a relaxed atmosphere.

The Pharmacy Show also provides an opportunity to listen to colleagues who are delivering new services and discuss new product launches with the 400 exhibitors. Visitors will be able to take advantage of exclusive offers from exhibitors available only at the Show, find ideas, increase profits and revitalise their business.

New this year are the ‘Career Clinic’ consultations organised by the i2i Network for aspiring practice pharmacists. After completing a free online needs assessment, they will receive a dedicated 1:1 slot with an experienced GP practice pharmacist to review their learning needs, prioritise their development areas and consider their scope of competence.

Pharmdoctor will offer for the first time a highly discounted Unlimited PGD Clinic Package to support pharmacists to administer and dispense over 125 POMs via PharmaDoctor PGDs.

Rx Advisor and ECG return to the show with their live flu and CPR training workshops, offered at a discounted rate across the two days. Additional sessions have been organised to cover the high demand for infant and child vaccination training.

CloserStill Media is also proud to welcome the Beauty Awards 2018 in association with Beauty Magazine and OK!. The 180 shortlisted stand-out beauty products, together worth over £4,000, will be showcased and visitors will have the chance to win them all by simply voting online and coming to the Show.

Garry Tyson, events director, The Pharmacy Show comments: “The Pharmacy Show is the national event
for the industry and profession and our aim is simple; to give community pharmacy teams a platform to receive the advice, tools and training that can be implemented immediately and that will make a difference. This year’s show has been designed for you – the pharmacist – and with over 400 exhibitors, 150 education streams, live hands on training and a chance to network with the largest gathering of the profession – we hope you can come away feeling truly inspired.”


With over 120 education sessions across seven conference streams to choose from, visitors can plan to top up their CPD record file. Everything needed for revalidation’s both planned and unplanned learning will be available, including a CPD record aid template.

With more than 400 UK and international exhibitors showcasing new medicines, products and profitable new retailing ideas, there will be plenty of new opportunities to think about. There’ll be lots of on-stand education too.


Visitors will be able to take advantage of exclusive offers from exhibitors, which are only available by attending the Show. This presents a great opportunity to generate significant ROI.


RX Advisor and ECG Ltd will be running live flu and CPR training sessions at a discounted rate across the two days of the show. It is an NHS requirement that all pharmacists that vaccinate under the NHS flu vaccination service receive face-to-face training at least every two years. Secure your place here:


The i2i Network will run ‘Career Clinic’ Sessions for aspiring practice pharmacists. Prospective visitors
need to complete the FREE online needs assessment and then they will receive a dedicated 1:1 slot with an experienced GP practice pharmacist to review their learning needs, prioritise development areas and consider scope of competence.


Exclusive to the Pharmacy Show, PharmaDoctor will be offering pharmacists its Unlimited PGD Clinic Package at a discounted rate of £699 (saving pharmacists over £860). This package supports pharmacists to administer and dispense over 125 POMs via PharmaDoctor PGDs.


The Pharmacy Show will be hosting a free drinks reception for all delegates. The reception gathers together like- minded, forward-thinking members of the profession and industry in a relaxed atmosphere, providing a valuable networking opportunity between delegates, speakers and exhibitors. The reception takes place in the VIP Lounge on Sunday 8 October from 17.30-18:30.


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