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Foundation in Paediatric Pharmaceutical Care Third International Master Class

10-13 October 2013                                                                                         BOOK YOUR PLACE

The third international master class on paediatric pharmaceutical care is run by Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with Kings College London, Kings Health Partners and Global Research in Paediatrics (GRIP).

Please download the Course Brochure


Aims and objectives 

The master class is intended to update those who are working in paediatric pharmacy with the latest developments and best practice in the safe use of medicines in children.

A key aspect of this programme is patient case reviews at the hospital bed side in small groups 

On completion of the programme participants will:

  • Have a better understanding of worldwide initiatives for improving better medicines for children
  • Be aware of best practice in dealing with the most common paediatric clinical problems; from general care to more specialised care
  • Have a good understanding on age appropriate formulations for safer purchasing and administration of medicines to children
  • Understand the pharmacokinetics and dynamics of children and apply this knowledge in practice 
  • Set out appropriate risk/governance strategies to make their paediatric pharmacy practice safer and more effective and look at ways to measure success
  • Know where to access paediatric information resources 

Key issues covered include:

  • Paediatric population pharmacokinetics 
  • Safe purchasing (unlicensed versus licensed) 
  • Paediatric formulations
  • Medication errors and prescription monitoring
  • The role of the pharmacy technician in clinical areas
  • Management of the chronic child
  • Introduction to PICU and NICU


This highly practical international master class is open to all pharmacists with an interest in paediatric pharmaceutical care from both the UK and overseas.
It combines interactive lectures, case studies, examples of good practice, group work, Q&A sessions and practical patients' reviews on the hospital ward.

Entry requirements

All applicants must be a regisitered pharmacist within the country of their employment.


The conference will be held jointly at Evelina London Children’s Hospital which is based at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.


Sara Arenas-Lopez, Lda Farmacia, MRPharmS, MSc, FCPP

Sara is the Consultant Pharmacist-Paediatric Critical Care.

She graduated as a pharmacist in 1995 from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. She was awarded 2 grants, to work in Bolivia (Universidad San Andres de La Paz) and The Netherlands to perform research in pharmaceutical technology at Utrecht University. Since 1997, she trained as a hospital pharmacist at the William Harvey and Great Ormond Street Hospitals. 

In 1999 and 2001, she carried out a collaborative project with the Zimbabwean Ministry of Health to help developing paediatric pharmacy services and, along with a project in paediatric intensive care in 2002, gained a Masters Degree in Clinical Pharmacy from Brighton University. 

For the past 11 years she has worked at the Evelina London Children's Hospital, as a Senior Paediatric Pharmacist. During this time she was seconded to the European Medicines Agency to work as a Scientific Paediatric coordinator for the Paediatric Committee evaluating Paediatric Investigational Plans and participating in the Formulation Working Group. She returned to the hospital as a Consultant Pharmacist for Paediatric Critical Care in May 2010. 

She collaborates as external expert for the European Medicines Agency and is also a Honorary Senior Lecturer for The School of Pharmacy London University and King’s College London with extensive experience teaching nationally and internationally to medical, nursing and pharmacy professionals.

Steve Tomlin, BPharm,  MRPharmS, ACPP

Steve is the Consultant Pharmacist – Children’s Services with nearly 20 years experience in Paediatric Pharmacy practice. 

He graduated from Nottingham University in 1988 and has held several paediatric roles within London teaching hospitals. Much of his time is spent in a strategic clinical capacity, but he still has a ward based role and a large teaching commitment both within and external to the Hospital on various aspects of paediatric clinical and strategic pharmacy. 

He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, London University and King’s College London University with teaching and research roles. As Professional Secretary of the Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG) he works closely with the Government and Royal Colleges in the UK. He is lead clinical pharmacist for the London research Network under the National Medicines for Children’s Research Network. 

Steve is also a pharmacy advisor to Allergy UK Advisory Board and Children’s Hospices UK and lead for medicines on the national Paediatric Health Safety Board. 

With a strong interest in compliance he is lead Pharmacist for Medicines Information for the Medicines Committee of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Will Thornhill, BSc, MRPharmS

Will is the Clinical Services Manager at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital with 11 years in pharmacy practice; also holding a degree in biochemistry,from Trinity College Dublin.

He has worked at Guys & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust as a pharmacist since 1998. 

He started his career in pharmacy as a resident pharmacist progressing to a career in paediatric pharmacy. He has been specialising in paediatric nephrology for the last 8 years.

During his time in paediatrics he has built on his experience in the areas of Cardiology, Neurology, Metabolics, Intensive care, Neonates and general paediatrics.

He is actively involved in leading and personally involved in  the training and education of pharmacy, nursing, medical and other healthcare staff. He regularly contributes to teaching of medical students and undergraduate pharmacy students.


The course fee is £750. 

The course fee covers all course materials and tuition but excludes accommodation and travel expenses.


CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE on our secure online booking system


We are pleased to be able to offer a small number of bursaries this year. These will take the form of a 100% reduction in the course fee.

These bursaries are generally aimed at pharmacists from low income countries who would otherwise have difficulty meeting the course fees.

Applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and candidates will be notified of the outcome shortly after the closing date on Monday 16 September 2013.

Application for a bursary should be made using the Application Form


If you have any enquiries  about the course, please contact:

Karen Richardson

Guys and St Thomas’

Tel: + 44 (0) 207 188 1622

We would like to thank the following for their support for this international master class:

The International Alliance for Better Medicines for Children 

The International Alliance for Better Medicines for Children was formed in 2006 by two global organisations comcerned with child health and mediciens for children: the International Peadiatric Association (IPA) and the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR).  

The International Alliance for Better Medicines for Children was established by a Declaration stating concerns about essential medicines for children and suggesting actions to address them.  The Declaration of the Alliance has since been adopted by many Organisations associated with child health and pharmacy.

Global Research in Paediatrics 

The Global Research in Paediatrics – Network of Excellence (GRIP) is an EU funded project which started on 1 January 2011 and is expected to continue until 31 December 2015.

Its main aim is to facilitate the development and safe use of medicines in children.