Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacists Association
Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacists Association

Our team

Andrea Devaney - SOTPA Chair

BPharm, DipClinPharm, MSc, FFRPS, FRPharmS, IPres,

Consultant Pharmacist - Transplantation & Renal Services

a.devaney@sotpa.co.uk

 

Andrea Devaney is Consultant Pharmacist in Transplantation and Renal Services and is responsible for the delivery of a clinically led, patient-centred medicine management service, by the renal pharmacy team, to transplant and renal patients at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. She has worked within this fascinating field for many years, latterly as an independent non-medical prescriber. Her area of expert clinical practice is solid organ transplantation and key interests are:- The role of the pharmacist in transplant assessment especially HIV positive patients, medication adherence and strategies to improve adherence and generic immunosuppression. She has authored several articles on drug use in transplantation, impact of drug dosing in CKD and generic immunosuppression. She is currently Vice-Chair of UK Renal Pharmacy Group, committee member of SOTPA (Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Association) and pharmacy lead for NHSE Renal Transplant Clinical Reference Group. She is a Fellow of both the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and its Faculty.

Haifa Lyster - SOTPA Vice Chair

BPharm, DipClinPharm, MSc, FFRPS, FRPharmS, IPres

Consultant Pharmacist - Cardiothoracic Transplantation & VADS

h.lyster@sotpa.co.uk

 

Haifa is a Consultant Pharmacist in Transplantation & Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. She graduated from the School of Pharmacy, University of Bath in 1992 and continued her studies obtaining a Masters degree at London School of Pharmacy and is a qualified independent non-medical prescriber. Haifa has worked in thoracic transplantation & VADs based at Harefield hospital since 1998 with a leading role in managing VAD and heart and lung transplant patients in all aspects of their pharmaceutical care, particularly in anti-infective and immunosuppression regimens. She has authored a number of chapters on immunosuppression and heart failure, as well as review and original research articles in peer-reviewed journals including Transplantation and the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. Haifa has ongoing research interests in therapeutic drug monitoring of azoles and their efficacy in management of fungal infections and is currently studying for a PhD (part-time) developing PK/PD models of a number of anti-infectives in ECMO patients.

 

Haifa is the pharmacy lead for NHSE Cardiac Surgery Clinical Reference Group and committee member of SOTPA (Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacy Association). She is currently the Vice Chair Elect of the Pharmacy & Pharmacology council for the International Society of Heart & Lung Transplantation (ISHLT), and is a member of ISHLT working groups developing international consensus documents for Strategies to Prevent and Manage Infections Related to Mechanical Circulatory Support, Donor procurement and Immunodulatory Agents in Thoracic Transplantation: Access, Formulations, Generics, Therapeutic Drug Monitoringand Special Populations.

Caroline Ashley - SOTPA Treasurer

BPharm, MSc, FFRPS, FRPharmS, IPres

Principal Pharmacist - Renal Transplantation

c.ashley@sotpa.co.uk

 

Caroline Ashley is the Lead Specialist Pharmacist for Renal Services at the University College of London Centre for Nephrology and Transplantation, Royal Free Hospital, with nearly 25 years renal experience. Her major areas of interest are transplantation and auto-immune renal disease. Caroline was involved in the development of the Renal National Service Framework, and the NICE guidelines on Immunosuppression in Renal Transplantation, Renal Anaemia, and Acute Kidney Injury. She is the co-editor of both the Renal Drug Handbook and the Introduction to Renal Therapeutics, and sits on the editorial board of the British Journal of Renal Medicine. In addition, she is currently co-Chair of the Intervention workstream of the national AKI Programme Board. She has been the Chair of the UK Renal Pharmacy Group since 1996, and was made Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, UCL School of Pharmacy in 2011.

Alison Orr - SOTPA Secretary

MRPharmS, DipClinPharm, MSc, IPres

Lead Pharmacist - Liver Transplantation

a.orr@sotpa.co.uk

 

Alison Orr is the Liver Pharmacy Team Leader with a specialist interest in Transplant at King's College Hospital, London, UK. She has worked in liver (hepatitis C and general hepatology) for many years and has recently moved into transplant services.  She provides clinical pharmacy service to the transplant ward and outpatients and is involved in ward rounds, guideline development and education for junior staff.  Patient adherence and education is a key area of interest and examining the influence pharmacists can make.

Patricia Ging - SOTPA Newsletter editor

BPharm, MPSI, M.Sc, FFRPS MRPharmS                          

Transplant/Pulmonary Hypertension Pharmacist (Chief 2)

                                                                             

Patricia is currently the transplant and pulmonary hypertension pharmacist in the Mater Hospital, Dublin, ROI. This role involves responsibility for all aspects of medication use in the National Heart and Lung transplant programme and the National Pulmonary Hypertension Unit, including medication review for in-patients and outpatients, provision of medicines information and pharmaceutical care planning for these complex patients as part of the multidisciplinary team. In 2014, Patricia was promoted to Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy RCSI and is also heavily  involved with the International Society of Heart and Lung transplant, having recently served on the programme committee for the 2016 and 2017 meetings.

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