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DDA Conference Speakers Announced


DDA Conference speakers announced

John Barnes on VAT, Prof Steve Fields on the CQC

by Charles Gladwin

17th of July 2014

We are pleased to announce the DDA Conference programme has gone live.

Speakers will cover a wide range of topics that impact on your practice, including VAT, CQC inspections, better buying, monitored dosage systems, controlled drugs regulations, and practical dispensing issues.

Speakers already lined up are VAT expert John Barnes, CQC Chief Inspector of General Practice Prof Steve Fields, Anup Sodha from Lexon UK, and pharmacist Mark Stone.

John Barnes  is VAT Director at Baker Tilly  and has many GP practices around the country among his clients. He is also the VAT advisor to the DDA, writes regularly for medical journals and lectures extensively around the country.

John also wrote the VAT accounting part of the IRIS GP Software program, and regularly provides advice to users of the program. His presentation will be ‘Unravelling VAT', covering a number of VAT problems encountered by dispensing doctors, including:

  • the VAT liability of NHS and private fee income
  • reclaiming of VAT on purchases and overheads
  • partial exemption
  • VAT on Personally Administered drugs
  • property related VAT issues
  • the VAT implications of new business structures and shared resources.

Professor Steve Field CBE has been Chief Inspector of General Practice at the Care Quality Commission. He will give an update on the work of the CQC and responses to its consultation on how it regulates, inspects and rates services. In addition, he will look at the proposed model for CQC inspection of Primary Medical Services ratings and discuss the challenges that dispensing practices face.

As announced previouslyLexon's Anup Sodha will focus on the buying decisions that save the most money, helping practices to protect what the DDA and the GPC maintain is "a vital stream of funding for the provision of primary care services in many rural areas".

Mark Stone, is a pharmacist with Tamar Valley Health and will address the issue of monitored dosage systems, persuading you that MDS are not a waste of time but a formula to enhance patient outcomes.

With the theme ‘Quality Counts', the conference will run alongside the Best Practice Conference in Birmingham on 22nd-23rd October.

Don't forget that not only is the event a great opportunity to acquire 16 CME hours but you can find out about the latest developments and opportunities our exhibitors offer dispensing doctors. Already booked are IPS Specials, Lundbeck, Actavis, Nova, Pharmarama, Astellas, Lexon, LogixX, and Buttercups Training.

DDA members will get complimentary passes. To reserve your place, register via the Conference website  or you can contact the delegate team on 020 7348 5758.