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Adam Sutherland, MPharm, MSc, MClinRes, FFRPS, MRPharmS


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Adam is a practicing paediatric pharmacist at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital where he specialises in Metabolic Medicine and Intensive Care.  Until September 2018 he was a member of the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry facilitating and developing research projects in the field of paediatric pharmacy practice.  He provides some teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate courses and developed and deployed the first RPS accredited module in paediatric pharmacy practice for a post-graduate diploma.

He has established research partnerships with Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Becton,Dickinson UK Limited and the Making it Safer Together (MiST) Collaborative to study medicines safety in paediatrics.  

As of September 2018 he is an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow undertaking a doctoral research project entitled MOPPEt - Medicines Optimisation in Paediatric In-Patients.  This is a broad qualitative study examining medicines processes in six children's in-patient services in the North of England in order to develop a robust understanding of how drug-related problems occur in hospitalised children.  He is supervised by Professor Darren Ashcroft and Dr Denham Phipps. 


Adam graduated from the University of Manchester in October 2001 and proceeded to complete his pre-registration training at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust in 2002.  He went on to complete a residency at Nottingham City Hospital in 2004 where he developed an interest in paediatric pharmacy.  He took his first paediatric specialist pharmacist post at Newham University Hospitals NHS Trust in April 2004 where he set up a clinical pharmacy service to a PCT-run paediatric in-patient unit.  He also established a sessional clinical service to Richard House Children's Hospice in Beckton in 2005.  During his time in London he developed an interest in paediatric emergency medicine and intensive care.  His experience of paediatric disaster management during the London Bombings in July 2005 saw him take up post as Clinical Pharmacist for Paediatric Intensive Care at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow in August 2005.

While in Glasgow Adam was a key member of the project team that set up and implemented electronic prescribing in PICU which at the time was a UK first.  His MSc thesis was entitled "The Impact of Electronic Prescribing on Medication Prescribing Errors in Paediatric Intensive Care" and was submitted in October 2007.  During his tenure in Glasgow Adam became an active member of the NPPG and the PICU Pharmacists Group organising study days and contributing to conferences in Monaco, Glasgow, and Dublin.  In April 2010, Adam moved to Manchester to take up the post of Clinical Pharmacist for PICU at the newly opened Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.  Here he has flourished - he was appointed to the BNF Paediatric Formulary Committee in October 2011 in recognition of his broad experience of paediatric pharmacy practice and his passion for ensuring that children receive the best medicines possible.  In April 2012 he was elected Chair of the PICU Pharmacists Group by his peers, and in October 2011 he was elected to the committee of the Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group.  In July 2014, he was accepted into the Faculty of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society as a Faculty Fellow - the highest possible level of practice.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

General Pharmaceutical Council (2002)

Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (2002)

Fellow of the Faculty of the RPS (2014)

United Kingdom Paediatric Intensive Care Society (2005)

Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group (2004)

NPPG Committee Member (2011)

BNF Paediatric Formulary Committee (2011-2018)


MPharm (University of Manchester) 2001

MRPharmS 2002

MSc (Derby University) 2007

Fellow of the Faculty of the RPS (FFRPS) 2014

Diploma in Advanced Pharmacy Practice (Keele University) 2014

MClinRes (University of Manchester) 2016

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Lead Clinical Pharmacist, Paediatric Critical Care, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

16 Jul 2018 → …


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