New Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland announced

Professor Alison Strath has been confirmed as the Scottish Government’s new Chief Pharmaceutical Officer (CPhO).

The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer is the professional lead for NHS pharmaceutical care and medicines policy in Scotland, providing advice to the First Minister, the Health Secretary, the wider Ministerial team and strategic leadership to the pharmacy profession in Scotland.

Professor Strath has been working within the Scottish Government since 2002, initially as Principal Pharmaceutical Officer and, since October 2020, as interim Chief Pharmaceutical Officer. She was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2010 and as an Emeritus Professor at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen in 2018.

In related news, Professors Graham Ellis and Nicola Steedman have been appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officers (DCMOs).

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said:

“The past year has highlighted just how important health and social care is to the work of the Scottish Government, and I’m delighted to welcome Professor Alison Strath as Chief Pharmaceutical Officer and Professors Graham Ellis and Nicola Steedman as our new Deputy Chief Medical Officers.

“They will all play a key role in ensuring that health and social care advice informs our work across the board and adds value to our pandemic response.”

Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith said:

“Scotland’s response to the pandemic has been informed by a strong clinical team, working around the clock and adapting to change in unprecedented circumstances.

“We’re only as strong as the colleagues who support us and I am proud to work with an incredibly dedicated team of clinicians. These permanent appointments ensure we continue the high-quality work which started even before the pandemic, but which will prove vital as we recover from coronavirus.”

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