Chief Pharmaceutical Officer

Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer

Dr Keith Ridge BPharm MSc PhD DSc (Hons) FRPharmS is Chief Pharmaceutical Officer (CPhO), the professional lead within the Department of Health on implementation of the Government’s Pharmacy in the Future programme.

About Dr Keith Ridge: Became a registered pharmacist in 1988, after completing training at University of London’s School of Pharmacy. Undertook a PhD (University of Manchester) on the evaluation of pharmacy automation at University of Manchester.

Was Chief Pharmacist at North Glasgow University Hospital, where he was a member of the Scottish Medicines Consortium and part of the National Pharmaceutical Forum. The Forum advised the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland.

Was Chief Pharmacist at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust working on a new patient centred model for pharmacy services.

Worked at the Department of Health earlier in career as a professional lead on prescribing and hospital pharmacy. Also had roles in community pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry.

Became Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at the Department of Health in March 2006.

Keith’s achievements as CPhO so far include:

  • led the development of the General Pharmaceutical Council; an independent regulator for pharmacy
  • led the development of a highly regarded White Paper for pharmacy: Pharmacy in England
  • led the Modernising Pharmacy Careers Programme, which includes a review of pre-registration training for Pharmacists and proposals for reform
  • led the development of the public health role for pharmacy, including the development of the ‘healthy living pharmacy’ concept
  • contributed to UK planning process for pandemic and seasonal influenza

Read the latest news from the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer below

Regulations for controlled drugs in the community: response to consultation

The response to the consultation summarises the comments and views received by the Department of Health concerning the overall governance of controlled drugs in the community. It outlines what changes … Read more → – Regulations for controlled drugs in the community: response to consultation

Final response to Red Tape Challenge on controlled drugs regulation

The Department of Health’s final response to the Red Tape Challenge is published today. The department’s draft response to the comments it received was included in its consultation on changes … Read more → – Final response to Red Tape Challenge on controlled drugs regulation

Information about controlled drugs regulations

Additional information about the changes made to the controlled drugs regulations, which come into effect on 1 April 2013 and which continue to promote good governance concerning the safe management … Read more → – Information about controlled drugs regulations

Importance of finger prick tests in managing type 1 diabetes highlighted

Healthcare professionals are being reminded of the importance of finger prick glucose testing for people living with type 1 diabetes. The following points are being highlighted: the requirements placed upon … Read more → – Importance of finger prick tests in managing type 1 diabetes highlighted

Update on use of antivirals for flu prevention and treatment published

The Chief Medical Officer and Chief Pharmaceutical Officer have written to the NHS to advise that antiviral medicines may now be used for the prevention or treatment of flu in … Read more → – Update on use of antivirals for flu prevention and treatment published

Statement on medicines and pharmacy regulation from the UK Chief Pharmaceutical Officers published

UK Chief Pharmaceutical Officers have published a statement today on exploratory work with professional and regulatory bodies in pharmacy on the balance of medicines legislation and statutory independent professional regulation. … Read more → – Statement on medicines and pharmacy regulation from the UK Chief Pharmaceutical Officers published

Consultation on proposed changes to the governance arrangements for controlled drugs

The Department of Health is consulting on proposed changes to the governance arrangements for controlled drugs in England and Scotland, including the role and functions of Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers … Read more → – Consultation on proposed changes to the governance arrangements for controlled drugs