‘It was an honour’: Ravi Sharma quits RPS for hospital pharmacy job

Ravi Sharma will leave the RPS in October to become chief of pharmacy at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, it was announced this afternoon (25 July).

He was RPS England Director for nearly four years and became an RPS Fellow earlier this year.

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Recruitment of Mr Sharma’s successor, whom he will attend, will begin “soon”, the RPS said.

RPS CEO Paul Bennett said Mr Sharma had made a “significant contribution” during his tenure with the trade body.

He praised Mr Sharma for ‘developing stronger relationships and collaborative working’ with key institutions including the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England & NHS Improvement.

“Delighted”

The University Hospital of Luton and Dunstable is part of the Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust group.

The Group’s Chief Pharmacist and Clinical Director for Drug Optimization, Pritesh Bodalia, said he was “delighted” to welcome Mr Sharma to his new role.

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“Ravi brings a wealth of experience with him to complement our pharmacy leadership team,” commented Dr. Bodalia.

Meanwhile, Mr Sharma said it had been “an honor and a privilege” to lead the RPS team in England.

“I would like to pay tribute to the dedication of my colleagues, who have been instrumental in supporting the profession through COVID-19, raising the profile of pharmacy with NHS leaders and politicians and giving life to our inclusion and diversity strategy.

In May, Mr. Sharma provided evidence to the health and social services select committee during a session on recruiting, training and retaining the health and social services workforce.

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