Esmita Charani is the Senior Lead Pharmacist for the Centre. She is part of work-stream 1 where she is undetaking research into behavioural change and the efficacy of social marketing information interventions. Lead by Alison Holmes and working alongside the Academic Research Nurse, Enrique Castro-Sanchez, and collaborators Dr Foster Intelligence and Nick Sevdalis, Esmita participates in the design and implementation of information interventions and the assessment of their effectiveness and sustainability.
Esmita is also part of work-stream 4: Capacity Building where she is closely involved in the development of multidisciplinary training in Infection Prevention as part of work-stream 4. She is Course Organiser for and delivers teaching on the MSc in Infection Managment for Pharmacists.
Esmita graduated from the London School of Pharmacy with a Master’s degree in Pharmacy in 2002 and went on to work at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for four years in various roles, including as a resident pharmacist. A second Master’s degree in Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Topical Medicine led Esmita to work as antimicrobial pharmacist at Cambridge before moving back to London where she held a number of roles in teaching hospitals and the private sector .
Prior to joining CIPM, Esmita was based at the Health Protection Agency working as the pharmacist lead to a Department of Health Advisory Committee on Health Care Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance (ARHAI) and was working with colleagues both nationally and in Europe to help inform policy makers and raise awareness in this field. Throughout this time Esmita has been involved in teaching and training healthcare professionals about infection control and antimicrobial resistance.