Dr Ryan Hamilton

Job: Senior Lecturer - Pharmacy Practice

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: Leicester School of Pharmacy

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: N/A

E: ryan.hamilton@dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Dr Hamilton is a senior lecturer in the school of pharmacy teaching across the programme focusing on antimicrobial therapies and stewardship, clinical practice, and evidence based medicine, audit, and research. 

He leads research into the experiences of people diagnosed with drug-resistant infections and chronic carriage; lab-based research on antimicrobial drug-delivery; alongside a range of AMS related research such as guideline development and optimisation and infection training within pharmacy programmes.

Outside of DMU, Ryan is a lead pharmacist for antimicrobials at Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and chairs the regional Northamptonshire Antimicrobial Medicines Optimisation Group. Ryan's previous roles as a clinical pharmacist included OPAT, acute and general medicine, and respiratory medicine. During the first peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ryan also worked as a clinical pharmacist within intensive care.

As well driving antimicrobial stewardship within the NHS, Ryan develops regional and national outreach initiatives that aim to improve the public’s understanding of antimicrobial resistance and best use of antibiotics.

Research group affiliations

Leicester Institute of Pharmaceutical Innovation for Integrated Care (LIPIIC) - Infectious Diseases Research Group

Publications and outputs

Frost. K.J, Hamilton. R.A., Hughes. S., et al., (2022) Systematic review of high-dose amikacin regimens for the treatment of Gram-negative infections based on EUCAST dosing recommendations. [pre-print available at: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.05.22.22275426v1

Hamilton. R.A., Krockow. E.M., & Vekria. P., (2021) Attitudes towards influenza and uptake of the flu vaccine: A survey of pharmacy staff working in English hospitals. Vaccine, doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.03.091 [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.03.091]

Price. A., Morris. T.C., White. H.A., & Hamilton. R.A., (2021) Cutaneous phototoxic reaction to intravenous micafungin in the outpatient setting: A case report. Clin Inf Pract, doi: 10.1016/j.clinpr.2020.100061 [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinpr.2020.100061

Hughes. S, Gilchrist. M, Heard. K, Hamilton. R, Sneddon. J, (2020) Treating infections caused by carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales (CPE): a pragmatic approach to antimicrobial stewardship on behalf of the UKCPA Pharmacy Infection Network (PIN), JAC-Antimicrobial Resistance, Volume 2, Issue [https://doi.org/10.1093/jacamr/dlaa075]

Pan D, Hills G, Hamilton AR, et al., (2020) Recommended antimicrobial therapy for common inpatient infections: a comparative review of guidelines across 51 hospital trusts in England, Postgraduate Medical Journal Published Online First: 02 October 2020. doi: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2020-138452 

Krockow. E.M., Kurvers. R.H.J.M., Herzog. S.M., Kämmer. J.E.,  Hamilton. R.A., Thilly. N., Macheda. G., & Pulcini. C., (2020) Harnessing the wisdom of crowds can improve guideline compliance of antibiotic prescribers and support antimicrobial stewardship. Sci Rep, 10:18782. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-75063-z [https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-75063-z

Research interests/expertise

  • People's experiences of living with antimicrobial resistance (infection and chronic colonisation)
  • Antimicrobial Prescribing & Stewardship
  • Pharmacokinetics of antimicrobials in specialist patient groups
  • Pharmaceutics and formulation of antimicrobial medicines for difficult to treat infections
  • Pharmacist role in vaccination and vaccine hesitancy
  • Public engagement with infection, hygiene, antibiotics, & drug-resistant infections

Areas of teaching

  • Antimicrobial therapies
  • Drug-resistant and complex infections
  • Clinical Pharmacy and Person-centred care
  • Clinical Audit and Evidence-based medicine


  • MPharm (2010)
  • PhD (2017)
  • PGDip Clinical Pharmacy (2018)
  • PracCert Independent Prescribing (2018)

Courses taught

MPharm - Pharmacy

Honours and awards

  • eBug Anniversary Awards 2019, Implementation Category - Winner
  • UKCPA Antimicrobial Management Award 2018 - Winner
  • Antibiotic Guardian Awards 2018, Children and Family Category - Winner
  • Antibiotic Guardian Awards 2018, Das Pillay Award - Highly Commended
  • UKCPA Antimicrobial Management Award 2017 - Winner

Membership of external committees

  • Pharmacy Infection Network Committee - UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (2021 - Present)
  • Public Engagement and Patient Support Committee  - Antibiotic Research UK (2018 - Present)


  • Faculty & Education Board - Royal Pharmaceutical Society (2019  - 2022)
  • eBug Uniformed Group Programme Steering Group - Public Health England (2018  - 2021)
  • Education Advisory Group - Royal Pharmaceutical Society (2014 - 2019)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Faculty of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society - Member
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society - Member
  • Royal Society of Chemistry - Associate Member
  • UK Clinical Pharmacy Association - Member
  • Higher Education Academy - Associate Fellow
  • British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy - Member
  • UK Paediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Network - Member
  • British Infection Association - Member

Professional licences and certificates

Registered Pharmacist & Independent Prescriber - General Pharmaceutical Council


  • Exploring the experiences and support needs of people living with antimicrobial resistance [Lead Investigator]
  • Use of high-dose amikacin for the treatment of Gram-negative infections [National collaboration]
  • Evaluation of AMS teaching within undergraduate Pharmacy education and training [National collaboration]

Consultancy work

Royal Pharmaceutical Society - Preregistration Pharmacist Training and Revision Programme (2016 - 2020)

Externally funded research grants information


Exploring the experiences and support needs of people living with antimicrobial resistance in the UK: A qualitative interview approach - Chief Investigator, £25,000 award from Antibiotic Research UK, Jan-Dec 2022 (Collaborator: Dr Iain Williamson; Researcher - Lucina Wilde)

Internally funded research project information


Investigating the antimicrobial and pharmaceutical properties of antimicrobial calcium sulfate composites for the treatment of diabetic foot osteomyelitis - Project supervisor, Gunn & Carter Studentship, June-August 2022 (supervising 3rd year MPharm student)

Interactive train-the-trainer sessions to upskill and empower primary school teachers to deliver A Germ’s Journey interventions in schools - Lead Applicant, £1500 awarded from HEIF, Jan-July 2022 (collaborating with wider Germ's Journey team)

Professional esteem indicators

Editorial Board Member - Clinical Infection in Practice Journal (2020 - Present)

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