David has enjoyed a variety of roles during his career as a Pharmacist but the safe use of medication has remained the dominant theme throughout. From his initial clinical training at The London Hospital, he was involved in the development of ward based Clinical Pharmacy at a time when most Pharmacists rarely ventured out of the basement.
In 1979 David moved to Leicester to study for his masters degree and subsequently spent most of his career in the East Midlands, progressing to senior pharmacy management positions at hospital Trusts in Derby and Leicester.
Academically, in 1991 he completed a PhD, acted as an external examiner for London University and Trinity College, Dublin and with the opening of the Leicester Centre for Pharmacy Practice Research in 2000 he became a Visiting Professor at the School of Pharmacy, De Montfort University. An ongoing interest in research led to his appointment as Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Practice and Research.
David’s other position outside the NHS was a six year spell in a new role as Medication Safety Pharmacist with Alaris Medical Systems, who established the role to oversee the introduction of their new IV medication safety system to the UK.
In 2009 David returned to his NHS roots at Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Trust, from where he retired in 2015.