Dr Christine Clark has been awarded the UKCPA Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding service and commitment to clinical pharmacy.
The award was presented at the UKCPA Autumn Residential Symposium held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Chester, 16-18th November 2012.
Presenting the award, Mr Chris Acomb, Chairman of the UKCPA Trustees said that Dr Clark has inspired many people to follow a career in clinical pharmacy and played an important role in shaping the development of the UKCPA.
Dr Clark started her career at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and, in 1977, moved to Manchester to take up one of the first teacher/practitioner clinical pharmacist posts based at Hope Hospital in Salford. She developed clinical pharmacy practice, teaching and research and built up a team of clinical pharmacy practitioners.
In 1997 she started a new career as a freelance medical writer and pharmaceutical consultant. In 2002 she was awarded a PhD in evidence-based medicine for studies in dermatology. She has served on the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin and is chairman of the Skin Care Campaign, an umbrella organisation for dermatology patient support groups.
Dr Clark is a founder member of UKCPA and served as Chairman from 1985-88. She also served on the General Committee of the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy from 2000-2003.