Pharmacy, Class of 2008
Kara Tedford (BSc, Pharm, MSc Clin Pharm, BSc Chem, MPSI) is the Senior Antimicrobial Pharmacist at Children's Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin, Dublin.
Ms Tedford graduated with an Honours BSc in Chemistry at UCD before completing a BSc in Pharmacy from the School of Pharmacy, RCSI in 2008. After completing her pre-registration year at Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin, she gained extensive experience as a clinical pharmacist in paediatric cardiology, neurology and neonatology before being appointed as Cystic Fibrosis (CF) pharmacist in 2012.
In 2014, she completed an MSc in Clinical Pharmacy from Robert Gordon University Aberdeen submitting an MSc research thesis titled, 'A prospective study to quantify and qualify the interventions made by a cystic fibrosis pharmacist in an Irish paediatric hospital setting'.
Her contributions to the care of cystic fibrosis patients in Ireland include development of a pharmacists’ intervention tool, addition of a formal clinical pharmacist review as part of the annual multidisciplinary team assessment and she has presented at the European Cystic Fibrosis Society (ECFS) conference.
In 2016, Ms Tedford undertook the role of Antimicrobial Pharmacist with responsibility for enhancing antimicrobial stewardship, providing antimicrobial education for healthcare professionals and monitoring the consumption of antimicrobials through consultation with ID and Micro prescribers. Through the process of audit and surveillance, this role aims to support prescribers in their prudent use of antimicrobial agents and involves developing, auditing and implementing antimicrobial guidelines as relevant to the paediatric population.