Dr Nicholas Reid

Principal Pharmacist, Antimicrobials, Ayrshire, UK

I am currently the Principal Pharmacist, Antimicrobial Pharmacotherapy, NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

My current roles and responsibilities:
  • To provide strategic and clinical leadership associated with the provision of integrated pharmaceutical care to patients requiring antimicrobial treatment irrespective of care setting (includes hospital and community) ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and standards
  • To provide expert advice in all pharmaceutical matters relating to antimicrobial use
  • To represent NHS Ayrshire & Arran at a regional and national level and to actively participate in the wider strategic agenda for antimicrobial use
  • To supervise and teach clinical and pharmacy staff regarding antimicrobials
  • To monitor and provide expert advice, including horizon scanning, on antimicrobial usage and budgets
The post operates in all care settings in NHS Ayrshire & Arran including general hospitals, (wards and clinics), community hospitals, the Ayrshire Hospice and other community settings.
Committees / external organisations:
  • Member of Antimicrobial Management Team, NHSAA (2005 to date)
  • Member of Control of Infection Committee, NHSAA (2005 to date)
  • Member of Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee, NHSAA (2007 to date)
  • Member of Hospital Medicines Utilisation Database user reference group, Information Services Division,
  • National Services Scotland (2007 – 09)
  • Member of Antimicrobial Resistance Advisory Group, Health Protection Scotland (2007 – 11)
  • Chair of Association of Scottish Antimicrobial Pharmacists (2008 – 2013)
  • Member of Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group, Scottish Medicines Consortium, Quality Improvement
  • Scotland (2008 – 2013)
Professional membership:
  • Registered as practising pharmacist with General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Registered as non-medical independent prescriber with General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Member of Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
  • Member of British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy


BSc Microbiology, University of Aberdeen
PhD Molecular Epidemiology, University of Aberdeen
Master of Pharmacy, University of Brighton
Postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy, University of Keele
Previous posts:
  • Senior antimicrobial pharmacist, George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton
  • Clinical pharmacist, George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton
  • Healthcare pharmacist, Baxter Healthcare Ltd
  • Resident Pharmacist, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • Researcher / PhD scholarship, Aberdeen University
Outside of work my interests revolve around family life, mountain biking when I have the time and I’m a gym addict


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