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Joint Symposium of Fast-Track Cities London and The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries


Joint Symposium of Fast-Track Cities London and The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries

Fast-Track Cities London and the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries hosted a joint webinar on Wednesday 23 June to mark 40 years since the first description of AIDS and explore the progress that has been made in treatment for HIV. The focus was on people and their experiences of AIDS and HIV. 

We heard from people with HIV, doctors and nurses about treatment then and how it has evolved, what has been achieved so far and how looking after people has changed from a patient and clinical perspective. The panel also identified remaining challenges and actions needed so people get the best health outcomes, and what needs to happen next to reach London’s 2030 goal of “Getting to Zero”.

Speakers and panellists were: 

  • Professor Kevin Fenton (London Regional Director of Public Health and Co-Chair Fast-Track Cities London) 
  • Professor Jane Anderson, (Co-Chair Fast-Track Cities London and Senior Warden, Worshipful Society of Apothecaries) 
  • Professor Chloe Orkin (Lead for HIV Research at Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust) 
  • Simon Collins (Co-Founder of I -Base and UKCAB, lived experience) 
  • Dr Duncan Churchill (Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, Convenor, Diploma in HIV Medicine) 
  • Fiona Wallis (The Company of Nurses) 
  • Sophie Strachan (Director, the Sophia Forum, Sexual Health Advisor, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust and lived experience)
  • Dr Nneka Nwokolo (Senior Global Medical Director, ViiV Healthcare)

Fast-Track Cities London is part of a global movement of cities to end HIV by 2030. The Mayor of London joined NHS England, London Councils and Public Health England to sign up to this commitment in 2018. It has brought together everyone working to end HIV with people living with HIV, the NHS, London’s Councils, doctors, nurses, public health experts and academics. It is the only place that brings everyone working in the HIV sector in London together. The roadmap to zero is a jointly designed action plan that shows the steps London will take to get to zero new cases of HIV, zero preventable deaths and zero stigma. Find out more here: www.fasttrackcities.london

The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries is the City of London Livery Company that represents doctors and pharmacists. The Society hosts the Diploma in HIV Medicine, which sets the professional standards for doctors involved in the care of people living with HIV. The Society has a particular interest in the history of medicine and pharmacy with its faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine. The Society is also a founder member of the Health Liveries group. Visit www.apothecaries.org to find out more.