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Our team is predominantly former and current NHS clinicians and payers so we fully understand the pressures and barriers that currently exist within the NHS and industry.  Our goal is to design and deliver solutions to overcome these challenges and we are committed to making you successful.

Shailen Rao

Managing Director

As the founding partner of Soar Beyond, Shailen has more than 30 years of experience working in, and with, the NHS. He has a passion for helping the NHS make the most out of their investment in medicines.

Shailen is a respected and trusted thought-leader and innovator in the field of medicines management and has always been a strong advocate of working in partnership and collaboration with industry.

Before this, Shailen worked as a pharmacist and as Head of Medicines Management and Diabetes Lead for Hillingdon PCT.

Shailen leads an active and colourful LinkedIn group with over 2,000 NHS Payers and industry members keen to understand and debate various policies that affect commissioning better outcomes for patients.

Shailen is a Trustee at the Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamstead, Shailen was appointed this position to apply his background and expertise in medicines, healthcare delivery and service redesign to further the fantastic work of this Hospice. Shailen will be focusing, in particular,on the Clinical Governance and Income Generation committee work

Shailen is passionate about self-development and is always striving to challenge Soar Beyond and its customers to reach above and beyond their known limits.

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Shailen Rao

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Tiba Rao

Director of Market Access & Change Management

Tiba heads up both the market access and the training services for Soar Beyond including the i2i Network for practice pharmacists.

Change management is, however, Tiba’s passion – both supporting the NHS and our industry partners to do this effectively at an individual and/or organisational level.

Tiba was previously a Change Management Consultant for Accenture where she successfully project-managed the first national programme for IT implementation into the ambulance service.

Prior to this, Tiba spent seven years with Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals and has a cross-section of customer-facing experience in sales, NHS liaison, project management and training. Tiba was among the first-ever secondments from a pharmaceutical company to the NHS and therefore understands the need to work in an innovative and B2B relationship with the NHS and industry.

Tiba works closely with our customers to identify their needs and develop unique solutions to meet them.  Being the favourite part of her role, this is where many of the Soar Beyond innovative services and methodologies come from.

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Director of Market Access & Change Management

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Anjna Sharma

Director of Pharmacist Services

Since joining Soar Beyond in 2009 as a practice pharmacist, Anjna has developed in a variety of roles and now leads our Pharmacist Service division. Her main focus and strengths revolve around in supporting our NHS partners to implement effective and sustainable change at organisational level.

Anjna has a wealth of experience from the variety of her previous roles in community, primary, secondary care and academia. Anjna began her career as a community pharmacist with Boots the Chemists, and has held various roles from managerial to clinical. Prior to this, she also held academic positions at Nottingham and Demonfort Universities.

Anjna is passionate about improving the outcomes for patients through medicines by developing pharmacists to achieve this. Her strong project management skills and attention to detail have allowed us to systematise delivery and ensure successful and timely implementation to an exceptional standard.

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Anjna Sharma

Director of Pharmacist Services

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Anna Prescott

Clinical Services Manager

Anna supports the development and execution of our pharmacist services, specifically our SMART programme and medicines optimisation projects. She also manages our clinical pharmacist team, working across nine GP practices in north west London as part of the NHS England clinical pharmacy pilot.

Anna has over 10 years post-graduate pharmacy experience – predominantly as a hospital pharmacist, where she held both operational and clinical roles. She made the transition to primary care as a prescribing advisor in south west London in 2014, sparking her passion for really growing and shaping the role of pharmacists in this ever-changing and high-pressured environment.

Whilst at the CCG, Anna completed both her independent prescribing qualification and became a PRINCE2 practitioner. These have both proven invaluable to the many projects she works on, and where she continually delivers to a high standard.

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Clinical Services Manager

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Gupinder Syan

Head of Training and Clinical Outcomes Manager for the i2i Network

Gupinder specialises in creating, arranging and delivering the educational content for practice pharmacists working in general practice. She has been developing and delivering training to aspiring and existing practice pharmacists for the last three years whilst keeping her clinical skills updated by also working in general practice.

Gupinder currently heads up the first i2i data capture implementation project in Devon for diabetes and will be formerly reporting the findings on this innovative project.

As an experienced IP Practice Pharmacist with a clinical Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, Gupinder previously worked with 10 GP practices in Islington to educate them on the influential role of a practice pharmacist.

Gupinder has written evaluation reports for five GP contracts demonstrating time saving, monetary and clinical outcomes for these practices. She has also worked as a full-time practice pharmacist developing her clinical and consultation skills and now mentors others to encourage best practice.

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Gupinder Syan

Head of Training and Clinical Outcomes Manager for the i2i Network

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Julia Young

Executive Project Manager

Julia is responsible for managing our pharmaceutical consultancy projects, leading the delivery of events and exhibitions whilst also supporting the directors and managing the admin team. With a strong ability to multi-task in this pivotal role in Soar Beyond, she also oversees the client liaison element of all our projects, including customer compliance issues.

Julia brings real value and a wealth of experience to the team having previously worked as both a Marketing Manager for the BBC and also as part of the communications team at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Her background in training consultancy has enabled her to further develop her project management skills alongside a number of essential transferable talents that she now brings to the team.

Julia’s friendly and enthusiastic style means she is able to connect with people at all levels and develop long-lasting relationships with them.

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Ruth Booth

Finance Manager

With over 30 years of finance experience in many different business environments, Ruth is instrumental in helping our finance department run smoothly and efficiently. She is highly skilled in numerous accounting and financial fields.

Having previously worked for both large multi-national corporations and SMEs, Ruth has significant knowledge and expertise in financial accounting and business planning.

Ruth’s friendly and positive nature, coupled with her meticulous attention to detail and exceptional organisation skills, makes her a valuable member of our team.

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Imogen Toyer

Project Manager

With a passion for supporting the delivery of high-quality projects and exceeding customer expectations, Imogen is an integral part of the Soar Beyond team.

Imogen joined Soar Beyond in 2016 and works across multiple areas of the business as a Project Manager, including pharmacist services, PNAs, events, operations and administrative support.

She graduated as a business student studying Hospitality Management at the University of Portsmouth, where she received a first-class honours degree.

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