LPC Employed Staff
Derbyshire LPC Employed Officers
Dr Tania Cork
Tania is Chief Officer for Derbyshire LPC.
I have lived in North Staffordshire for most of my life. I studied at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and qualified as a pharmacist in 1994 after my pre-registration year at Boots. As a pharmacist I have gained experience working for multiples, independent pharmacies, academia, GP practices, hospital and the PCT. I gained an independent seat on the LPC in 2006 whilst being the superintendent for Milton’s Chemists. During my career as a pharmacist I have managed to complete a Diploma in Community pharmacy, a MSc in community pharmacy and Doctorate in Pharmacy at Keele University and a Post Grad Certificate in Medical Education at Cardiff University.
In November 2008 I was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the North Staffs & Stoke LPC, and in April 2022 Chief Operating Officer of Derbyshire LPC and I now spend my time split between the LPC roles and as an academic pharmacist .
I have completed a Doctorate in Pharmacy. My research study was to identify health literacy interventions for everyday use in community pharmacy using qualitative and consensus methodology. Papers from this thesis will be published in due course. I have also conducted many other research, evaluation and quality improvement projects in community pharmacy, some recent examples of which are outlined below:
- Cork T, White S. Exploring community pharmacists’ use of health literacy interventions in their everyday practice. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2022 Jul 5:S1551-7411(22)00200-5. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2022.06.007. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35810054. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35810054/
- Developing and evaluating a service in community pharmacy for point-of-care (POC) C-reactive protein (CRP) testing for respiratory tract infections (RTIs). https://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/research/research-article/point-of-care-c-reactive-protein-testing-in-community-pharmacy-to-deliver-appropriate-interventions-in-respiratory-tract-infections/20204635.article
- Developing and evaluating a new minor ailments initiative – Hall G, Cork T, White S, Berry H, Smith L (2019). Evaluation of a new patient consultation initiative in community pharmacy for ear, nose, throat and eye conditions. Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Science & Research Summit, London. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 27 (Suppl S1): 7 [poster presentation].
- Exploring the miss-selling of paracetamol in non-pharmacy outlets – ‘How well are national guidelines relating to the general sales of aspirin and paracetamol, adhered to by retail stores: a mystery shopper study’ https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/6/1/e010081
- Leading a digital project used in community pharmacy https://www.prescriber.co.uk/article/can-pharmacists-promote-self-care-using-digital-technology/
- Supervision of undergraduate projects and presentation of the work at national and international conferences, e.g. Cork T, Guard H, Jones C, Allinson M, White S (2016). Community pharmacists’ perspectives on malnutrition screening and support: a qualitative study. Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Annual Conference, Birmingham. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 24 (Suppl 3): 3 [oral presentation].
Katherine is the Support Officer for Derbyshire LPC
Chris Kerry is the GP Referral to CPCS Implementation & Support Manager
I am a registered pharmacy technician and pharmacy contractors may remember me as a pharmacy commissioning manager with NHS England until Summer 2021, when I retired my NHS lanyard after 36+ NHS years’ service.
My working life started in community pharmacy, after which I moved into secondary care pharmacy at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and then as a senior technician at Kingsmill Hospital. From there, I joined the PCT in 2000 as a prescribing support tech before moving into a primary care role where I managed a portfolio of pharmacy NHS commissioned services and my last NHS role involved pharmacy contracting and market entry.
During the pandemic I volunteered at a Derbyshire pharmacist led Covid vaccination site.
I am focused on service delivery and maintenance to benefit patients and contractors. I am enthusiastically looking forward to seeing the number of GP referrals to CPCS to pharmacies in Derbyshire increase. I appreciate the need for strong working relationships and won’t hesitate to contact pharmacies with GP referral to CPCS updates, progress and news!