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Prof. Chris Cairns

School/Department: Life Sciences, Pharmacy & Chemistry
Position: Professor


Prof Chris Cairns qualified as a pharmacist in 1997 after graduating from Strathclyde University and preregistration training at Stobhill General Hospital in Glasgow. There then followed work as a hospital pharmacist and study for an MSc in Clinical Pharmacy, obtained in 1979. Following clinical pharmacy positions in Edinburgh and at St. George's Hospital in London he was appointed the Director of the Pharmacy Academic Practice Unit at St. George's Hospital in 1992. Subsequently he moved to University Hospital Lewisham in 1999 as Director of Pharmacy and Dietetics. In addition he worked for some time as the Divisional Co-ordinator for Clinical Support Services. In 2004 he took up the post of Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the new School of Pharmacy at Kingston University, London. In 2006 he was appointed Head of Department of Pharmacy

In addition Chris continues to work at University Hospital Lewisham as a Consultant Pharmacist with Education & Training and R&D responsibilities. He is also the hospital's pharmacist lead for non medical prescribing

Chris has a number of clinical and research interests including critical care, patient safety, pharmacoeconomics, IV therapy, pharmacokinetics and pharmaceutical outcomes. He has a number of research publications, has written a number of book chapters, and is one of the editors of the textbook 'Medicines in the Elderly'

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 1998 - present FRPharmS
  • 1977 - 1979 MSc Clinical Pharmacy, Strathclyde University
  • 1977 - present MRPharmS
  • 1972 - 1976 BSc Pharmacy, Strathclyde University

Research Interests

Pharmacy Law and Ethics
Workload Measurement in Pharmacy Practice
Pharmaceutical Outcomes
Critical Care and Emergency Care
The use of medicines in older people
Management of Antimicrobial Drugs
Clinical Audit

Teaching Area

Clinical Pharmacy Care of Older People Pharmacy Law and Ethics Research Ethics Evidence based practice

Other Professional Activity

Council of University Heads of Pharmacy Schools(CUHOPS)
Member 2007 -
Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, Edinburgh and Lothians Branch,Committee Member 1981-83.
Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, South West Metropolitan Branch,
Committee Member 1984-2010
Vice Chairman 1985-86
Chairman 1986-87, 1988-98
Secretary 2001- 2007
Guild of Hospital Pharmacists, Edinburgh and South East Scotland Group, Chairman 1983
Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, London Branch,
Committee Member 1985-2006
Chairman 1988-91
Programme Secretary 1991-1994
Membership Secretary 1994-2003
Chairman 1996-2003
Guild of Hospital Pharmacists Weekend School, London 1986,
Organising Committee Member.
Guild of Hospital Pharmacists Weekend School, Gatwick 1995,
Chair, Organising Committee.
Guild of Hospital Pharmacists Weekend School, Brighton 2000,
Chair, Organising Committee.
Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists' Council
District Member London 1990-1994
National Member 1994-2004
Guild of Hospital Pharmacists Education and Science Committee,
Member 1990-1991
Chairman 1991-1994
Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists
Vice President 1994-1996
President 1996-1998
United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association
Member 1981-
Chair, Critical Care PIG 1991-94
Hospital Pharmacists Group Member
Renal Pharmacists Group Member
European Society of Clinical Pharmacy Member
Co-ordinator, Nutritional Support SIG 1991-2000
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
International Associate.

Editor, Hospital Pharmacy Europe. 2000- 2005

Surrey LPF, Transition Committee Member 2010-
SW London LPF, Transition Committee Member 2010-


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