The Management of Specialist Conditions Within a Primary Care Setting

This event took place on Wednesday 2 March 2022
Watch on-demand our guest speakers Dr Christopher Pritchard, Mr Ibrahim Vhora and Dr Kiran Savarapu combine their expertise to provide you with an update on managing sleep disorders in children within Pan Mersey. They will explore the evidence base for pharmacological management of insomnia in paediatric ASD, offer insight into how you can support patients with mental health issues in the interim prior to specialist review, and explore the future for diagnosing ADHD within primary care.


Welcome and Introduction, Dr Christopher Pritchard
An Update for Pan Mersey on the Management of Sleep Disorders in Children, Mr Ibrahim Vhora
The Future of ADHD Diagnosis in Primary Care, Dr Christopher Pritchard
How Can Primary Care Support Mental Health Patients in the Interim Prior to Specialist Review?, Dr Kiran Savarapu
Questions and Discussion

Meet the Speakers

Dr Christopher Pritchard
Dr Christopher Pritchard
General Practitioner, Sunlight Group Practice, Healthy South Wirral - Primary Care Network

Dr Pritchard qualified as a GP in 2015 and works at Sunlight Group Practice. He previously worked as GP representative for Mental Health Liaison for Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Clinical Network under the auspices of NHS England in 2015. Dr Pritchard has completed a diploma in Clinical Psychiatry from the University of South Wales and is the Mental Health Lead for Healthy South Wirral Primary Care Network as well as GP lead for Leading Excellence for ADHD in Primary Care (LEAP) service. Dr Pritchard has also been a GP for Everton in the Community since 2019. He is a GP trainer and GP appraiser.

Mr. Ibrahim Vhora
Mr. Ibrahim Vhora
Lead Pharmacist Neurodevelopmental Paediatrics, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Ibrahim Vhora graduated at the Leicester School of Pharmacy in 2013 and subsequently trained at Alder Hey Children’s hospital as a specialist paediatric clinical pharmacist. Ibrahim has gained a broad experience of paediatric pharmacy at Alder Hey and has held a variety of positions, including medicines information, clinical trials, formulary, and procurement. Since 2018 he has specialised in developmental paediatrics and has a particular interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and insomnia - recently completing sleep practitioner training.
Ibrahim is passionate about all forms of medicines management, governance, medication safety and medicines optimisation, but has most recently led on service development with respect to digital improvement. He has worked closely with CCGs and emerging CSUs, with the aim of improving patient care across the interface. A focus for development is sleep pathways and Alder Hey is collaborating with other Trusts across Merseyside to unify practice. One such initiative is the evaluation of the effect of behavioural sleep intervention on the resolution of sleeping difficulties and subsequent medication use.

Dr Kiran Savarapu
Dr Kiran Savarapu
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Kiran Savarapu started her foundation training at Royal Liverpool University Hospital. She was subsequently appointed to a psychiatry training post within Mersey Deanery, where she completed three years of training and her Royal College of Psychiatry membership. She applied for specialist Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training in the Mersey Deanery and spent the next 3 years working at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Trust, Cheshire Wirral Partnership Trust and St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust.
Kiran has led the eating disorder service and ADHD service in Warrington and Rochdale CAMHS respectively. She is currently consultant at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and works as part of Liverpool Community CAMHS, with a special interest in Adolescent Psychosis. In addition to her clinical role, Kiran is also the psychopharmacology lead for the CAMHS division.

What will the webinar cover?

Key learning objectives

  • To provide an update on the management of sleep disorders in children within Pan Mersey, exploring the evidence base for the pharmacological management of insomnia in paediatric ASD
  • To explore the future of ADHD diagnosis within primary care
  • To gain insight into how primary care can support patients with mental health issues in the interim prior to specialist review