Catherine Duggan

Catherine Duggan

Director of Professional Development and Support

Dr Catherine Duggan is the Director of Professional Development at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. For the past seven years in her role, she has been responsible for the delivery of professional advice and support to all members across all sectors; the development of strategies to share and showcase good practice across the profession and development and implementation of professional standards for pharmacy.

Since 2012, Catherine has led the development, implementation and strategic embedding of RPS Faculty and Foundation programmes into continuing professional development. Most recently, Catherine has led programmes of leadership and mentoring as well as the full portfolio of RPS accreditation services, the Vision for the Workforce and the Roadmap for Advanced Practice, that have all built into the education strategy for RPS.

During 2016, Dr Duggan undertook a dual role at RPS as Director for PD as well as Interim Director for RPS England, during a period of change at RPS, overseeing strategic and operational delivery across team England, and supporting the EPB. Now, in 2017, she has a consolidated role in professional development: science, education and professional standards and the RPS international strategy that builds on our international partnerships across countries as well as supporting the close working of RPS with FIP.

Catherine has published widely and presented at national and international meetings and has a wealth of people and programme management experience. She is a recognised leader across the profession working with many networks within and across the profession and, more widely, health and business.  Catherine has worked in community, primary care, hospital and academia.  She held joint appointments between clinical practice and academia between 1999 and 2009, supporting professional development and evidence based practice, developing courses and support alongside supporting research and evaluations in practice at all levels, having published widely and supported many doctoral and masters research projects.  

Between 2007 and 2009, Catherine was the Chair of the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association and an elected member of the Council of the RPSGB. She has been awarded Fellowships of both the RPS and the UCL School of Pharmacy and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.