Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, NHS England
Keith Ridge is Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at NHS England where he is head of profession for the pharmacy professions and the principal advisor on pharmacy and medicines use. His role supports the Department of Health, broader Government, Health Education England and NHS Improvement. Keith is the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for reducing inappropriate prescribing of antimicrobial in the UK AMR Strategy, and leads on issues such as medicines optimisation (including biological medicines), digital medicines, pharmacy educational reform and transforming clinical pharmacy practice in line with the NHS’s Five Year Forward View and Medicines Value Programme. Keith was appointed Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for NHS England in April 2013 having been CPhO for the Department of Health since March 2006. In 2014 New Year Honours list, Keith was awarded CBE for services to the pharmacy profession and patients. Keith is a visiting professor at the Imperial College Medical School.