Talk in memory of city pioneer

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AN annual lecture in memory of a Sunderland pioneer will return this week, featuring one of the most prominent names in the industry.

The 49th annual Hope Winch Memorial lecture will be held in the city tomorrow and raise the question of patient safety within the NHS.

The Hope Winch lectures are named after Hope Constance Monica Winch, the first full-time lecturer in Pharmacy at Sunderland Technical College, who was appointed in 1921.

This year, Sunderland graduate Professor Alison Beaney will present her talk How does pharmaceutical quality protect the safety of patients in today’s NHS?, followed by a question-and-answer session.Professor Beaney is the vice-chairwoman and chairwoman elect of the national NHS Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance Committee, and the regional quality assurance specialist pharmacist for the North East of England and North Cumbria.

The talk will also see the presentation of £1,300 to the North of England Children’s Cancer Research charity, which was raised by the Sunderland Pharmaceutical Students’ Association to support the development of a new paediatric cancer centre.

“I am very proud to be giving the Hope Winch lecture,” said Professor Beaney.

“As a double Sunderland graduate – and particularly as a Hope Winch scholar myself – giving the lecture seems to complete the circle. I work in the hospital service in a quality role.

“I represent the North East and North Cumbria region at national level and, on their behalf, develop and implement policies to ensure the safety and quality of medicines that we both make and procure within NHS hospitals.

“In the lecture, I will explain the role that pharmaceutical quality plays in protecting patients in today’s NHS.

“I hope that people will leave with an understanding of the importance of quality in relation to patient safety, and how this is implemented.”

The lecture takes place at 6.30pm in The Sciences Complex, City Campus. For information, contact

Winch Society chairman Dr Paul Carter said: “It is an honour to welcome Professor Beaney back to give this year’s lecture.

“As an alumnae and secretary of the Hope Winch Society, we are indebted to her for continuing support of pharmacy at Sunderland. Alison’s national reputation around quality assurance will offer insight into the issues around patient safety and medicine optimisation.”