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Gastroenterology & Hepatology Group

The UKCPA Gastroenterology & Hepatology Committee are highly active in contributing expertise to the pharmacy community and the wider national healthcare services through education and training, contributions to national consultations and standards, and engagement with gastroenterology and liver charities and associations.

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Sarah Cripps, FFRPS


Consultant pharmacist, Gastroenterology

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lindsay Greenland


Specialist Pharmacist (liver transplantation),

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Lynne Merchant

Membership Lead

Lead Pharmacist gastroenterology,

NHS Lothian

Sarah Knighton

Education Lead

Clinical Lecturer & Educational Supervisor

University of Manchester

Fiona Rees

Education Support

Highly Specialised Gastroenterology Pharmacist

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals

Esther Ventress

Education Support

Rotational Clinical Pharmacist

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Uchu Meade

Standards & Consultations Lead – gastroenterology

Pharmacy Manager,

St Mark’s Hospital

Anja St.Clair Jones

Standards & Consultations Lead – gastroenterology & IBD

Consultant Pharmacist, Gastroenterology

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Sital Shah

Standards & Consultations Lead – hepatology

Specialist Hepatology Pharmacist

Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Jon Kwok

Standards & Consultations Support

Lead Prescribing Pharmacist (gastroenterology)

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ruth Rudling

Standards & Consultations Support

Advanced Clinical Pharmacist – Specialty Medicines

Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust

Esha Sharma

Research Lead

Lead Specialist Pharmacist – Gastroenterology

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Aisling Considine

Link to British Hepatology Pharmacy Group

Consultant Pharmacist, Hepatology

King’s College Hospital

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The UKCPA Gastroenterology & Hepatology Group is highly active in contributing expertise to the pharmacy community



The UKCPA Gastroenterology & Hepatology Committee were also one of the first to develop professional curricula in their area of practice, now hosted by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Activity highlights

Committee members regularly advise NICE on their guidelines and technology appraisals, most recently on medicines for Hepatitis C, Crohn’s disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Members of the Committee are involved in the Hepatology Operational Delivery Networks which has created opportunities for pharmacists to develop their role and is reflected in new local pharmacy networks being developed.

The Committee also has strong links with the Crohn’s & Colitis UK charity.

Members of the Committee have been heavily involved in the UK IBD audit which measures the efficacy, safety and appropriate use of biological therapies in patients with IBD in the UK, as well as capturing patients’ views on their quality of life at intervals during their treatment.

Key documents

National clinical audit of biological therapies: UK inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) audit

Royal College of Physicians. September 2016.

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 Gastroenterology & Hepatology Committee, or would like to get involved in their activities, please contact the Co-Chairs, Sarah Cripps

or Mikin Patel

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