Lead Pharmacist Hepatology, Barts Health NHS Trust
Valerie registered as a Pharmacist in 1980. Following a period working overseas she returned to work in the UK. In 1985 she was appointed staff pharmacist clinical services at St Bartholomew’s Hospital with the remit of instituting and developing a ward pharmacy service across all specialities. In 1995 she worked with a nurse colleague and cardiologist at London Chest Hospital to set up the first multi disciplinary service for heart failure patients in England. Keen to develop the role of the non-medical practitioner, she established a pharmacist-led clinic, obtained her physical assessment skills qualification and became an Independent Prescriber. In 2005 she extended her practice into the management of complex hypertension patients and subsequently was asked to establish clinics for patients with chronic liver disease.
Valerie has a particular interest in the education of patients in the pharmacological management of their conditions, with the intention of developing the ‘expert patient’. She is a keen advocate of a holistic approach to care, in order to minimise the depression, social stigmatisation and ensuing morbidity associated with chronic disease.
As Lead Pharmacist Hepatology at Barts Health she has been actively involved in treatment provision for patients with viral hepatitis and the development of pathways for patients with NASH and PBC.
She co-founded and is a committee member of the PVHG and was a member of the NICE GDG for cirrhosis.