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Dr Richard Bourne is a clinical-academic pharmacist specialising in critical care for 25 years. He’s been a Consultant Pharmacist in critical care since 2009.

Richard has represented pharmacy on several regional and national groups. For 6 years he was the pharmacy lead to the NHS England Adult Critical Care Clinical Reference Group and has recently been selected to be the Consultant Pharmacist on the NIHR Critical Care National Specialty Group. He is deputy chair of the Pharmacy Sub-Committee of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. Currently, Richard is on a HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Clinal Lectureship.

He is an active member in the UKCPA Critical Care Group and member of the group’s Expert Practice Development Group working with UK colleagues nationally to ensure clinical pharmacists are recognised as integral to safe and quality care of the critically ill patient.   

Research interests

Richard’s research interested include, medicines optimisation (safety and quality of medicines use) in the critically ill patient, and the prevention and management of sleep disturbances and delirium in critical care patients. He is also interested in the development of the clinical pharmacy workforce within critical care areas and understanding burnout risks and mitigation in clinical pharmacists working in acute care areas.

He is currently funded by a HEE/NIHR Integrated-Clinical Academic Clinical Lectureship, undertaking research to identify and develop a medication related intervention, to improve medication safety for intensive care patients surviving to transition to a hospital ward.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Research, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 28 Nov 2022

Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (FRPharmS)

Award Date: 1 May 2015

Independent Prescribing, University of Leeds

Award Date: 1 Jul 2014

Faculty Fellow Royal Pharmaceutical Society (FFRPS)

Award Date: 22 Oct 2013

PhD (Melatonin, sleep and circadian rhythms in critical care patients), The University of Sheffield

Award Date: 7 Jan 2009

MSc Clinical Pharmacy, University of Sunderland

Award Date: 1 Jul 1995

MRPharmS, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB)

Award Date: 1 Jul 1993

BSc (Hons) Pharmacy, University of Sunderland

Award Date: 1 Jul 1992

External positions

Consultant Pharmacist - Critical Care, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

1 Jan 2009 → …


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