Surinder Bassan

Panel of Fellows

Surinder Bassan graduated from Sunderland Polytechnic in 1972, registering as a pharmacist in 1973 after completing his pre-registration training in community pharmacy. In 1976, he joined the NHS, and later read for an MSc in Hospital Practice, specialising in rheumatology.

In 1983, Surinder set up and managed the Drugs and Poisons Information Centre at King Khaled University Hospital in Riyadh, gaining valuable insight into American based pharmacy systems.

On returning to the UK in 1986, he continued to develop clinical services and education and training avenues for Pharmacy & Nursing teams, and in 1990 was awarded Membership of the College of Pharmacy Practice. 

In 1997, he was awarded an MSc in Clinical Pharmacy by Liverpool John Moores University, and in 1998 became a member of the RPS’ Adjudicating Committee for Registration of Overseas Pharmacist. Later becoming part of the team for accreditation Universities MPharm and Overseas Pharmacist Assessment Programme (OSPAP).

In 2005, Surinder completed the Executive MBA of Warwick University, and the year after became Chief Pharmacist of University Hospitals, Southampton. 

In 2008, Surinder was designated as an RPS Fellow for Distinction in Clinical Pharmacy and for Services to the Profession.

He retired from the NHS in 2012 but continued to practice as an Independent Pharmaceutical Consultant, holding interim Chief Pharmacist positions at Birmingham Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Robert Jones Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Queen’s Hospital Burton and Great Western Hospital, Swindon.

Surinder is a member of the RPS, UKCPA and GHP. As an Associate of GPhC, he is a member of the International Registration panel and Fitness to Practice committee.