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Critical care Group

The UKCPA Critical Care Education Group is passionate about the value of clinical pharmacy in healthcare and the recognition of clinical pharmacists within the healthcare professions.

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Greg Barton

Group Chair

Critical Care & Burns Pharmacist,

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Mark Borthwick

Consultant Pharmacist Critical Care,

John Radcliffe Hospital, FFRPS

Dr Richard Bourne

Consultant Pharmacist Critical Care,

Sheffield Teaching Hospital, FFRPS

Emma Boxall

Senior Pharmacist,

Salford Royal Foundation Trust

Ruth Forrest

Lead Clinical Pharmacist,

Glasgow Western Infirmary, FFRPS

Dr Rob Shulman

Lead Pharmacist Critical Care,

University College Hospital, FFRPS

RPS Accredited Training Provider

Members of the UKCPA Critical Care Group are pioneers in the recognition of clinical pharmacy within the healthcare team.



UKCPA’s Critical Care Group has paved the way in pharmacist-led national guidelines, professional recognition for advanced practitioners, and the need for practitioner-led education and training in clinical pharmacy. The group develops and delivers regular UKCPA learning events in critical care subjects.

Activity highlights

Members of the group contributed to the development of the Core standards for intensive care units which outlined minimum staffing levels of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and the availability of clinical pharmacy services.

Members of the group, together with a virologist and input from the Health Protection Agency and the World Health Organization, produced guidance for treating influenza in critically ill patients.

Alongside other RPS Affiliated Partners, the UKCPA Critical Care Group were instrumental in pioneering the development of professional development frameworks and tools which have since been adapted to become the basis of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Foundation and Faculty programmes

Together with other RPS Affiliated Partners, the UKCPA Critical Care Group spearheaded the initiative to develop professional curricula which defines the knowledge, skills, behaviours and experiences that constitute advanced and expert practice.

The Critical Care Group were instrumental, along with other RPS Affiliated Partners, in developing the professional recognition process which has informed the

Key documents

Impact and value of critical care pharmacy: A round up of the evidence

Mark Borthwick, Consultant Pharmacist Critical Care, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. July 2020.

Adult Critical Care: Specialist Pharmacy Practice

Department of Health. 2005.

Minimum infusion volumes for fluid restricted critically ill patients

UKCPA. December 2012 (4th edition).

Core Standards for Intensive Care Units

The Faculty for Intensive Care Medicine, The Intensive Care Society. 2013.

Professional recognition and professional advancement: For our practitioners, for our profession, and for our patients

A report for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the wider profession. Joint Partners Credentialing Taskgroup. February 2013.

Drug dosing in extremes of body weight in critically ill patients

UKCPA. September 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 Critical Care Group, or would like to get involved in their activities, please contact the Chair, Greg Barton, on

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