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Surgery & Theatres Group

The UKCPA Surgery & Theatres Group has a committee membership ranging from junior pharmacists covering general surgery to advanced clinical pharmacists and prescribers working in a range of highly specialised surgeries, as well as pharmacists who work in pre-admission clinics or in theatres.

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Richard Adams


Lead Surgical Pharmacist,

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

Neetu Bansal, MFRPSII

Lead Enhanced Recovery Pharmacist,

Central University Hospitals NHS Trust

Ravinder Bratch

Lead Pharmacist Theatres and Acute Pain,

New Cross Hospital

Sophie Blow

Advanced Clinical Pharmacist,

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Colin Brennan

Divisional Lead Pharmacist Surgery,

Aintree University Hospital

Katharina Floss

Critical Care Theatres & Anaesthetics Directorate Pharmacist,

John Radcliffe Hospital

Imran Hanif

Chief Pharmacist,

Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital

Elena Jones

Pre-operative Assessment Pharmacist,

Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital, Bangor

Sarah Tinsley

Advanced Clinical Lead Pharmacist for Surgery,

University Hospitals of North Midlands

Dale Weerasooriya

Lead Directorate Pharmacist for Surgery,

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation

RPS Accredited Training Provider

The UKCPA Surgery & Theatres Group work closely with medical Royal Colleges



The group has recently raised their profile within the healthcare world following the publication of the Handbook of Perioperative Medicines in 2016, and the revised edition in 2019. The Handbook has been widely acclaimed and is building a reputation as an essential resource for both pharmacy and medical practitioners in this clinical area.

If you would like to be involved in keeping this important resource up to date please get in touch with Sarah Tinsley on or Claire Frank on Ideally, we’re looking for people who work within pre-op assessment clinics or have a passion for perioperative medicines management.

The group has established close links with organisations such as the Royal College of Anaesthetists, working to both share their expertise and raise the profile of clinical pharmacy with the wider medical community in this area of practice.

Activity highlights

The UKCPA Surgery & Theatres Group led the production of the Handbook of Perioperative Medicines, the first national guidance to professionals working in this area of medicine. Developed collaboratively by clinical pharmacy experts working in the area of Surgery, the Handbook provides much needed evidence-based, best practice advice on the management of peri-operative medications, and has been endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Preoperative Association.

The group share their expertise through delivering UKCPA Masterclasses and workshops, ensuring that they deliver a range of learning events relevant to practitioners at all stages of practice and speciality.

They also work closely with other organisations, such as the Royal College of Anaesthetists, on national audit projects, guidelines and advisory groups.

Key documents

Handbook of Perioperative Medicines,

endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Preoperative Association.

Get involved

We have lots of opportunities for you to get involved in the Surgery & Theatres Group:

  • Reviewer or contributor to the Handbook of Peri-operative Medicines.
  • You would be listed as a contributor or reviewer and it is a great way to share your expertise within the pharmacy and wider healthcare arena.
  • Speakers and tutors for learning events, including conference workshops, masterclasses and webinars
  • Practitioners who have a flair for writing to produce articles for the UKCPA newsletter and website
  • Practitioners who can comment on national consultations


If you would like to know more about the UKCPA Surgery & Theatres Group, or would like to get involved in their activities, please contact the Chair, Richard Adams, on

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