Remembering UKCPA co-founder Mike Cullen

1, Nov 2021 News

Laurie Goldberg (L) and Mike Cullen (R)

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It is with sadness that we hear of the news that Mike Cullen, one of the co-founders of UKCPA, has passed away.

Laurie Goldberg, another co-founder of the association, writes this obituary:

“I was saddened to hear of the sudden death of Mike Cullen, one of the early founders of clinical pharmacy practice in the UK. As Area Pharmacist for the Derbyshire Area Health Authority, he introduced, what was at the time, a revolutionary pharmaceutical service with pharmacists leaving the safety of the pharmacy department and venturing on to the wards.

In 1980, Mike joined a steering group of like-minded pioneering pharmacists who organised a series of clinical pharmacy workshops. These workshops were oversubscribed and thus an unmet need was identified for a supportive clinical pharmacy forum.

As a result, in 1981 the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association was established, with Mike being one of the co-founders. He served as the first secretary on the general committee and remained active with the Association for many years.

He also established the first UK Pharm D programme with the University of Illinois in Chicago, USA.

The last time I saw Mike was when he was a guest at the UKCPA 25th Anniversary Dinner. A quotation from the programme from that event is a lasting tribute to him:

“In 1981, the UKCPA was formed to foster the development of clinical pharmacy across the UK. The widespread recognition and development of clinical pharmacy services since then, alongside the wider contribution of our profession to healthcare, is a testament to that early vision.”

Our thoughts are with his wife Celia and his family.