NHS England Shropshire & Staffordshire

NHS England Shropshire and Staffordshire are part of NHS England Midlands and East; they are based at Anglesey House in Rugeley.

Pharmacy Advisor

The Pharmacy Advisor for the Staffordshire and Shropshire Area Team is Andy Pickard.  He is employed by NHSE two days per week.  Contact Andy at

NHS England Business Office Anglesey House, Towers Business Park, Wheelhouse Road, Rugeley, Staffs WS15 1UZ

Email: a.pickard@nhs.net

Tel: 01138254620

CD Accountable Officer

The CD Accountable Officer is part of the North Midlands sub-region of NHS England – full contact details can be found by clicking the above link.

Unexpected Pharmacy Closures

We know that all of our contractors make every effort to maintain their services to patients, however in the event that you are unable to open your pharmacy when contracted to do so, please ensure that you follow the points below:

  • Provide information to patients, practices and other local healthcare professionals on the closure, how long it is expected to last and how they may be able to access pharmaceutical services from other providers (having checked that alternative providers are trading). It would be helpful to include information at the pharmacy, also on any pharmacy website or social media page, and on telephone voicemail messages.
  • Notify NHS England Shropshire and Staffordshire team – firstly by email to ENGLAND.RugeleyPrimaryCare@nhs.net, and within 24 hours using the form below

Pharmacy Forced Closure

  • Temporarily update your NHS Choices page where possible to ensure that the current information is accurate.

NHS England Local Professional Network (LPN)

Local Professional Networks have been established in each NHS area covering pharmacy, dentistry and eye health communities.  The remit of the LPN is to ensure that the contribution of these professional groups is maximised in the improvement of outcomes and reduction in inequalities.  LPNs will need to work closely with Strategic Clinical Networks, Academic Health Science Networks, Senates as well as commissioners, providers and patients.  The LPN Single Operating Framework was released in March 2013.

The Staffordshire and Shropshire LPN for pharmacy is chaired by Dr Manir Hussain who is employed 1 day per week to fulfil this role.  He is also Head of Medicines Management for North Staffordshire CCG and he is an excellent advocate for the pharmacy profession.

It is the aim of the LPN to work with the Area Team to ensure that pharmacy is seen as part of the NHS team delivering great outcomes for patients in both primary and secondary care and to support patients living with Long Term Conditions.