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Chief Pharmacist – Catrin Barker

Catrin BarkerI was appointed to the post of Chief Pharmacist in May 2012 and am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the Pharmacy department as we prepare to transition to the new hospital.

I graduated from Liverpool School of Pharmacy and Liverpool University, and have spent 26 years of my career as a pharmacist at Alder Hey.  My background is in paediatric clinical pharmacy, medicines information and clinical research.

I am a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics Standing Committee on Medicines and have spoken nationally and internationally about paediatric pharmacy practice, supporting the drive for “Better Medicines for Children”.

In my spare time I enjoy cycling, skiing and keeping fit and when time permits, visits to the theatre and catching up with friends over dinner.

Head of Pharmacy – Debra Walker

Copy of Debra Walker4I returned to work at Alder Hey 4 years ago. Before I came back I worked on electronic prescribing and related pharmacy innovations across Liverpool. That role expanded, and concluded as an analysis of hospital prescribing patterns and the expected impact of new medicines on communities across England.

I enjoy being part of the pharmacy team at Alder Hey and recognise the role we play in ensuring children receive the best treatment as both inpatients and at home.

I am a committed Christian and sit on the General Synod of the Church of England.

Lead Pharmacist, Aseptic Services – Clare Hine

WEB Clare Hine

After completing my degree at the University of Bradford, I worked as a rotational basic grade pharmacist whilst completing a post graduate diploma in clinical pharmacy. It was during this time that I first came into contact with aseptic services and realised this is where I wished to pursue my career. I moved to Alder Hey in November 2007, taking up a specialist role in aseptic services, after completing a second post graduate diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance I was delighted to take up the role of Lead Pharmacist within the Aseptic Unit.

Clinical Pharmacy Services Manager – Andrea Gill

Copy of Andrea GillMy role involves overseeing the pharmacy services provided to patients admitted to the hospital to ensure that their medication is safe and effective.  As the Chair of the Trust’s Safe Medication Practice Committee, I am also involved in coordinating the provision of information and training about medicines for nursing and medical staff and investigating how medication errors can be prevented.


Lead Pharmacist Neurosciences/ Education and Training – Andrea Leatherbarrow

Copy of Andrea LeatherbarrowI have been in post at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust since 2005 as Lead Pharmacist Neurosciences/ Education and Training.  This role now involves overseeing the service and development of the Patient Services Team (Dispensary) and Medicines Information Unit.

I also oversee the provision of education and training for staff within the pharmacy department and provide specialist pharmaceutical advice and support to the Neurosciences Team.


Senior Pharmacists, Medicines Information – Anita Aindow & Veronica Newland

Anita Aindow and Veronica Newland are the two Senior Pharmacists in Medicines Information – this is a job-share position each working 3 days per week. They are supported by specialist pharmacy technicians, Gill Jones and Darren Pierce.

The department is responsible for the day to day answering of medicines enquiries, mainly from within the Trust, but also from other hospitals and CCGs who may share the care of our patients. These can include dosage advice, choice of therapy, drug interactions, side effects, safety of medicines in pregnancy or breastfeeding and advice regarding safe administration of medicine given intravenously or via feeding tubes.

The Medicines Information department also plays an important role in the safe and effective introduction of new medicines into the Trust and Anita currently sits on the Trust Clinical Development Evaluation Group and Veronica on the Trust Medicines Management Committee to support this role. Further, we are forming proactive links with primary care and attend the Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee subgroups for New Medicines and Formulary/Guidelines.

Purchasing Manager – Joan Mulvoy

Copy of Joan Mulvoy2I am a registered Pharmacy Technician and started my career at Walton Hospital, after 9 years I moved to Alder Hey where I have worked for 25 years. I initially started work as a rotational technician, and then about 8 years ago I moved to Purchasing and Homecare.

I really enjoy my role, in particular the variation in what I do. For instance one day I could be involved in new tenders for a homecare service, then another sourcing a new unlicensed medicine. I am involved in contract adjudications with the Commercial medicines unit, where I try and make the paediatric voice heard.

I work closely with finance producing reports and analysing expenditure of drugs that are purchased and issued within this trust.  I also assist with budgets and workforce issues within the department.

I also represent the Paediatric Purchasing Consortium, which consists of about eight paediatric Trusts within the Uk.  We work collaboratively trying to purchase effectively to reduce spend.

In my spare time I am Chair Of Governors at a Primary school and although quite time consuming, it is a very rewarding role. Education is very similar to the NHS- evolving and changing all of the time, I think this comparable position keeps me being involved as a governor – never a dull moment!

Administration Manager – Anne Johnson

I have worked in the Pharmacy Department at Alder Hey for nearly 23 years.  I currently manage the admin staff who work closely with the Pharmacy Management team and also support all other areas of the department.

Many admin processes are carried out in our diverse and busy setting which in turn support the clinical practices undertaken to ensure that our patients receive the best quality of care.

I am excited about moving into the new Children’s Health Park and saying farewell to our old but very much loved hospital.

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