Minerva Pharmacy Team

Clinical Pharmacist

Advises doctors at the surgery with prescribing queries and carries out medication reviews with patients with the advanced training to alter or prescribe new medications as required.

Mrs Clare James

I graduated from Aston University in Birmingham and registered as a pharmacist in 1990. Since then I have worked at hospitals in Leeds, Derby and Brighton. I moved to Bath in 2006 and have been working with the NHS BaNES clinical commissioning group as a prescribing adviser supporting GPs with optimising medicines. In 2017 I qualified as an Independent Prescriber and now work for all 5 practices in the Minerva health group with a focus on complex prescribing and older people.


Mrs Helen Darvill

I registered as a pharmacist in 1994 having graduated from Bath University. I joined Minerva PCN in January 2021, having sold my busy pharmacy, which provided healthcare both in the community and to Care Homes in Bath.  I also worked for BANES Clinical Commissioning Group since 2008 as a pharmacist providing support to optimise medicine use within GP Practices. 

I am passionate about learning from our patients as we face new challenges in the NHS and I am confident that in my future role, as an Independent Prescriber, I can use my experience to ensure medicines continue to be used safely and effectively.


Mr Yu Hin Billy Chan

I graduated from the University of Bath in 2012. Once qualified I worked in community pharmacy in Bristol for 6 years. I completed a clinical diploma in primary care in 2019 and have developed a great interest in becoming a clinical pharmacist, with a goal to become an independent prescriber. I currently work for 5 practices in the Minerva Health Group in Bath. I am very excited to this new role and I am looking forward to many challenges to come.


Ms Vivianna Tse

I graduated from the University of Bath and qualified as a pharmacist in 2015.  I started my pharmacy career in Boots and became a store based pharmacist in Bristol for 3 years.  In 2019, I became a care home pharmacist in North Somerset as part of the NHS pilot scheme – Medicines optimisation in care homes (MOCH) project .  I have an interest in frailty/ the care of older people. I completed my independent prescribing course as part of my clinical diploma and qualified in March this year.


Pharmacy Technician

Supports the Clinical Pharmacist with administering medication queries and changes.

Miss Briony Forbes

I have worked in community pharmacy for 12 years where I undertook vocational training to qualify as a Registered Accuracy Checking Technician. This is my first experience in a general practice role and I’m really enjoying the variety of working with the five surgeries in the Minerva group – every day brings something different and having a community pharmacy background has been very beneficial in assisting with prescribing queries.