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Care of Older People Group

The UKCPA Care of Older People Committee is a longstanding specialist committee within UKCPA. They have a wide remit and, with an aging population, their input into the care of older patients is increasingly important and valuable.

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Derek Taylor


Assistant Director of Pharmacy, Governance and Risk,

Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Sarah Crotty


Head of Pharmacy & Medicines Optimisation,

Herts Valleys CCG

Niamh McGarry

Membership Lead

MRC Divisional Lead Pharmacist,

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Salina Bajracharya

Membership Support

Lead Elderly Care pharmacist,

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Alice Conway

Education Lead – events

Director of Foundation to Advanced Pharmacist Training Programme,

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Niamh McMahon

Education Lead – curricula

Course Co-Ordinator,

Trinity College Dublin

Heather Smith

Standards & Consultations Lead

Consultant Pharmacist – Care of Older People,

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

RPS Accredited Training Provider

The UKCPA Care of the Elderly Group



The UKCPA Care of Older People Committee regularly share their expertise through UKCPA learning events on topics as variable as dementia, pain, polypharmacy, deprescribing and frailty.

Activity highlights

The Committee were one of the first within UKCPA to develop professional curricula which defines the knowledge, skills, behaviours and experiences that constitute advanced and expert practice. Their curricula continue to be endorsed by the British Geriatrics Society.

Key documents

Quality Standard: Medicines optimisation

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. 2016.

National Service Framework for older people

Department of Health. 2001.

Managing medicines in care homes

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. 2014.

Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.  2017.

Homecare for older people

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. 2016.

Polypharmacy: Guidance for prescribing

All Wales Medicines Strategy Group. 2014.

Polypharmacy guidance

NHS Scotland. 2018.

Seven steps to managing polypharmacy

Developed by Nina Barnett, Lelly Oboh, Katie Smith.

Improving patient outcomes: the better use of multi-compartment compliance aids

Royal Pharmaceutical Society.  2013.

Get involved

We are currently looking for:

  • Speakers and tutors for learning events, including conference workshops, masterclasses and webinars
  • Practitioners who can comment on national consultations
  • Practitioners who have a flair for writing to produce articles for the UKCPA newsletter and website


If you would like to know more about the UKCPA Care of Older People Committee, or would like to get involved in their activities, please contact the Chair, Derek Taylor, on

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