Clare Howard

Clinical Lead, Medicines Optimisation

Building on a career in Community Pharmacy, Clare has held management roles in a number of primary and community care settings. In her role as Strategic Health Authority Pharmaceutical Adviser, she led successful regional QIPP and medication safety programmes both of which gained national recognition.

As the first Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for NHS England, Clare led the Medicines Optimisation work programme and established and delivered the first medicines optimisation dashboard as well as chairing a number of national committees such as the Medicines Optimisation clinical reference group, the national controlled drugs forum and led the NHS England community pharmacy call to action.

Clare’s current portfolio also includes Medicines Optimisation lead for Pharmacy Management. Clare has worked with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Care Quality Commission and a number of pharmaceutical companies. Special interests include measurement for improvement, women in leadership and patient safety.

In 2014, Clare was recognised by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and designated an RPS Fellow. In the same year, Clare was successful in application to become a Faculty Fellow, achieving “mastery level” of the Faculty of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

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