Uchu Meade began her pharmacy career in 2006 as a hospital trainee and has remained in hospital practice since qualifying as a pharmacist in 2007. She initially gained broad experience in pharmaceutical management across various disease states and worked alongside specialised pharmacists and multidisciplinary teams. Uchu specialised in Gastroenterology at the Royal London hospital, and in 2016, she became the manager of the pharmacy service at St Mark’s Hospital, The National Bowel Hospital. Under her leadership, the pharmacy service expanded significantly, with specialist teams in areas like Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Homecare, Hepatology, and Colorectal Surgery, establishing St Mark’s pharmacy as national and international leaders in these fields.
Since 2020, Uchu has dedicated her clinical practice to Intestinal Rehabilitation and Nutrition, becoming an active and recognised member in this field both nationally and internationally. She has spoken at numerous conferences, published extensively, and focused on areas including oral drug absorption, parenteral nutrition, and the use of artificial intelligence in intestinal failure. Between 2013 and 2020, Uchu was a member of the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association’s hepatology and gastroenterology group, contributing to new drug appraisals for NICE. She also served on the British Pharmaceutical Nutrition Group from 2019 to 2023, leading educational electronic initiatives.
Additionally, Uchu has been an honorary lecturer at Hertfordshire University in the Department of Clinical, Pharmaceutical, and Biological Sciences since 2016.
In April 2023, she achieved a significant milestone in her career by becoming the first consultant level pharmacist at St Mark’s Hospital, marking only the third consultant level pharmacist post within the Trust. This appointment underscores her extensive contributions and expertise in her field.