In April, we were delighted to host our much- anticipated Pharmacy training evening event at County Hotel in Chelmsford for Essex’s network of pharmacies and pharmacists, who support our needle exchange programme.The event was held in partnership with Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust (EPUT). It opened with our lead speaker and commissioner, Dipti Patel from Essex County Council. Our guest speakers included; Spencer Hempstead (Clinical Lead / Independent Non-Medical Prescriber), Renato Masetti (EPUT Drugs and Alcohol NHS Outreach Training Co-ordinator) and Monique Tomlinson of Exchange Supplies.


57 attendees from Essex pharmacies, Local Pharmacy Community (LPC), Essex Recovery Foundation and Open Road team members attended. Guests heard about our needle exchange service as well as sector developments including Naloxone training and support, which already helps vulnerable people in other counties, saving lives. As well as hearing from our speakers, attendees were able to mingle and network over a lovely buffet dinner.


Open Road’s Clinical & Business Development Director, Joni Thompson said,“We held a really informative event, it is the first time we have held an event in person. It was so well received by all that attended.The enthusiasm in the room to all work together and collaboratively to develop and improve service for our service users was great.”


The training evening was a great success due to everyone’s efforts – we hope to hold this important event annually.


We wish to thank our speakers, Dipti, Spencer, Renato and Monique for giving their time.Thank you to Joni for leading the event for Open Road on the night. A special thank you to our Business and Quality Co-ordinator & Pharmacy Liaison Lead, Asia Khan-Kitchen for months of planning and hard work in arranging the evening, plus to Training and Development Manager, Gavin Real for live streaming and recording the event for non- attendees. Also, many thanks to Fundraising Manager, Leah Slator and all our team members who supported the event. Finally, thank you to County Hotel’s team in Chelmsford for all their help.

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