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Professor Chris Cairns

Professor of pharmacy practice, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, Kingston University.

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Overview

Chris Cairns is Professor of Pharmacy Practice within the University's prestigious School of Pharmacy and Chemistry. You will often find him in the University's new £420,000 Pharmacy Practice Laboratory, a purpose-built facility for pharmacy students to practice their skills before going to work in the health service.

Professor Cairns lectures on pharmacy practice, pharmacy law and ethics, clinical pharmacy, clinical pharmacokinetics (determining optimal dosage to maximise benefit and minimise toxic effects) and pharmacovigilance (the ongoing safety profile surveillance of marketed medicines).

His research interests include medicine safety, pharmaceutical outcomes, medicines in older people, research ethics, drug utilisation, medicines management, healthcare ethics and swine flu.

 

 

Qualifications

Year gained Subject
1998 FRPharmS
1979 MSc
1976 BSc

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2004 - Head of Department of Pharmacy, Kingston University.
2004 Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Kingston University.
1999 - 2004 Director of Pharmacy anhd Dietetics, and Divisional Co-Ordinator, University Hospital, Lewisham.
1988 - 1992 Principal Pharmacist, Clinical Services, St George's Hospital, London.
1983 - 1988 Principal Pharmacist, Patient Servcies, St George's Hospital, London.
1977-1983 Pharmacist, various hospitals in Glasgow.
1992 - 1999 Director, Pharmacy Academic Practice Unit, St George's Hospital, London and Honorary Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, London.
1979 -1983 Staff Pharmacist, Clinical Services, Eastern General Hospital, Edinburgh.

Research

 Publications:

Wilkinson J, Cairns C, Donyai P. The professional development certificate scheme for undergraduates. Pharm J, 2008; 281: 393

Care of older people case studies (chapter) in Pharmacy Case Studies p409-441, ed S Dhillon and R Raymond, Pharmaceutical Press, London, 2009.

Cairns C, Senner N. Ways to streamline patient discharge.
Medicines Management 2002; 1: 20-22.

Armour D, Cairns C (Ed). Medicines in the Elderly, Pharmaceutical Press, London, 2002

Cairns C. Still some challenges to overcome - a hospital pharmacy perspective. Pharm J. 2003; 270: 752.

Orunta I, Cairns C, Greene R. Improving the safety of epidural analgesia. Pharm J. 2005; 275: 228-31.

Pharmacokinetics in the elderly, (chapter) in Clinical Pharmacokinetics, ed. Soraya Dhillon & Andrej Kostrzewski, Pharmaceutical Press, London, 2006.

Improving emergency care: errors and omissions on A&E drug histories, Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists National Conference, Hinckley, March 2004. (Abstract)

Improving emergency care: potential adverse drug events, Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists National Conference, Hinckley, March 2004. (Abstract)

The pharmacoeconomics of patients own drugs used at discharge, Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists National Conference, Hinckley, March 2004. (Abstract)

Getting the medicines right in emergency care, Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists National Conference, Hinckley, March 2004. (Abstract)

Antibiotic use in chest infections. The Specialist Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance (SACAR) Conference, London, July 2004. (Abstract)

Are the savings achieved with patients' own drugs at discharge sustainable? British Pharmaceutical Conference, Manchester, September 2005. (Abstract)

Improving the safety of epidural analgesia. British Pharmaceutical Conference, Manchester, September 2005. (Abstract)

Challenges facing NHS pharmaceutical manufacturing, Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists/UKCPA Joint Conference, Heathrow, May 2006. (Abstract)

Poster Presentations

The application of the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) to preregistration pharmacy graduate posts. Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists/UKCPA Joint Conference, Brighton, April 2007.

The role of Primary Care Trusts in preregistration training - a pilot study. Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists/UKCPA Joint Conference, Brighton, April 2007.

The cosmetic acceptability of commonly prescribed emollients. Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists/UKCPA Joint Conference, Leamington Spa, May 2008.

 Development of antimicrobial care bundles to monitor quality of antimicrobial management, Federation of Infection Societies, Birmingham, November 2009.

Professional Body Membership

Registered pharmacist since 1977.

Awarded fellowship of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 1998.  

Chair of the Thames Valley branch of the RPSGB.

Key Industry Roles

Consultant Pharmacist, E&T/R&D, University Hospital Lewisham.

External Examiner, MSc in Advancing Pharmacy Practice, University of Hertfordshire.

Reviewer for a number of international pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacy journals.

Major Research Collaborations

Collaborations with:

University Hospital, Lewisham;

The Royal Marsden Hospital;

Wandsworth Teaching PCT.

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