This expert speaker session from Dr Mark Ritchie and Shivangee Maurya was recorded at Guidelines Live on Wednesday 01 December 2021. The session was supported by Soar Beyond.

If you have clinical pharmacists in your practice or organisation, contact Soar Beyond to see how they can support with their clinical delivery, training, and development:

Chronic pain is an area where GP clinical pharmacists may not feel confident, but can add immense value to patient care. Through understanding and applying chronic pain guidelines, GP pharmacists can play an active role in the management of chronic pain, support patients in reducing pain intensity, and improve functionality and quality of life.

Chronic pain is a prudent area of focus as part of the structured medication review (SMR) component of the Primary Care Network Direct Enhanced Service contract. Hear from GP Mark Ritchie, and Clinical Pharmacist Shivangee Maurya, on why GP pharmacists are well-placed to take on the management of chronic pain and make a significant impact on patient care. Find out about the suite of i2i Network e-learning, on-demand training, and implementation resources available to support you on this journey.

By the end of this session, you will understand:

  1. the unmet need in the management of chronic pain
  2. the new NICE chronic pain guidelines and how to apply them through the discussion of a case study
  3. the opportunity for GP pharmacists to achieve optimal outcomes for patients with chronic pain during their SMRs.



About the speakers:


Mark Ritchie Formatted

Dr Mark Ritchie

Mark developed an interest in chronic pain while spending 2 years in anaesthetics, before changing direction and doing a GP rotation in Swansea and completing his Membership of the Royal College of General Practtitioners qualification.

Mark studied in South Africa, completing a BSc and MSc in engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand and then returning some years later to do his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery.

In Swansea and the extended trust across to Bridgend, Mark was part of the team that set up a multidisciplinary pain assessment and treatment team including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology, nursing, and medical doctors. Mark has worked in this environment for the past 11 years. He has recently resigned from this service and is now working in primary care again. Mark is a section 12 approved doctor, and his psychiatric training has been beneficial in managing chronic pain patients.

Mark would like to see more chronic pain managed in primary care and hopes to be instrumental in helping practitioners in other practices to feel confident about managing these patients.


Shivangee Maurya Formatted

Shivangee Maurya

Shivangee is an experienced GP clinical pharmacist having worked as a medicines optimisation care home pharmacists before becoming a Primary Care Network (PCN) pharmacist and quickly progressing to lead PCN pharmacist in Birmingham SmartCare Federation. Shiv now brings this hands-on experience and relevance to Soar Beyond and the i2i team to ensure their i2i programmes resonate and solve both patient and clinician problems. Shiv has a passion for connecting and integrating care across sectors and supporting pharmacists to fulfil their true potential.



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