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Dr Adam Sutherland

Associate Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
(Faculty of Life Sciences)


I qualified as a pharmacist in 2002 and have worked entirely in hospitals since then.  I specialised in paediatric clinical pharmacy early in my career and have worked as a Paediatric Critical Care pharmacist in Glasgow and Manchester.  I've contributed to national improvement pathways including the implementation of safer intravenous fluids for children and young people, standardisation of infusion concentrations for children and neonates, and the study and implementation of "smart" pump technologies in complex organisations.  

In 2017 I was awarded a prestigious NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship and I recently completed by PhD under Professor Darren Ashcroft at the University of Manchester.  My topic was the study of medication safety systems for hospitalised children and young people using Human Factors methodology.

My research interests are around systems approaches to medicines safety, particularly learning how complex systems function in the real world, and consequently learning from how things go right.  I am interested in resilience and recovery, and the empowerment and involvement of parents and young people in medicines safety research.


  • Medication safety
  • Paediatric medicines optimisation
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Complex systems 
    • Functional resonance analysis method applications in healthcare
  • Qualitative health services research
    • Ethnomethodology
  • Quality improvement methodology


TitleIs a UK multicentre trial of intravenous maintenance fluid volumes in critically ill children feasible (2024)
AuthorsFairer, JM; Playfor, S; Sutherland, AB; Tume, LN
JournalIntensive and Critical Care Nursing
TitleMedication safety gaps in English paediatric in-patient units: an exploration using work domain analysis (2023)
AuthorsSutherland, A
JournalJournal of Patient Safety
TitleDeveloping Strategic Recommendations for Implementing Smart Pumps in Advanced Healthcare Systems to Improve Intravenous Medication Safety (2022)
AuthorsSutherland, A
JournalDrug Safety