Personal profile


Current Positions:

Director - Academic Practice Unit

Senior Lecturer - Clinical Pharmacy, Aston University

Clinical Experience

I have been a pharmacist since registering with the RPSGB in 1982. As a registered pharmacist I have worked in community pharmacy (18 months); hospital pharmacy (33+ years); primary care (2 years) and pharmacy academia (6 years). I am an experienced ‘consultant level’ clinical pharmacist with specialisms in neurology and paediatrics. I am a past Chair of the regional clinical pharmacist (hospitals) network – a subcommittee of the West Midlands Chief Pharmacists’ group. I have been a pre-registration tutor and manager for 14 pre-registration pharmacists; have provided clinical pharmacy services to primary, secondary and tertiary NHS organisations; I am a member of NICE committees; I hold a PhD in clinical pharmacy and have lectured widely on subjects as diverse as ectoparasites, clinical examination and medicines for children.

Research Interests

My active research career has continued for over 16 years. After completing my PhD in paediatric clinical pharmacy I formed the Academic Practice Unit in 2011, a joint venture between the NHS and Aston University. I continue as the Director of the APU. My research interests include: medicines for children; advanced clinical practice; education of both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians; and clinical services provision. I was the Chief Investigator for PIED (the largest study ever undertaken worldwide into advanced clinical pharmacy practice); PARED; CEED and EnED studies. Both CEED and EnED were national Covid related studies which were fast tracked by NIHR and are portfolio studies. In the last five years I have received competitive grants for 10 funded studies. I have over 50 publications from my research over the last ten years.

I have lectured widely across the world, including delivering key-note addresses.

I successfully supervised five students to doctoral awards and have two further submissions in 2023.

Teaching Activity

I have taught pharmacists, nurses and medical staff for many years during my hospital career, in subjects as diverse as ectoparasites and drug-errors. Since joining Aston as a Senior Lecturer in 2011 I played a leading role in upgrading the clinical content of the MPharm degree, and introduced the expansion of front-line clinical staff into the timetable, including both medical staff and nurses. More recently I have developed the Pharmacy Postgraduate Framework, which includes the Professional Doctorate in Pharmacy. The framework provides the structure for continuing professional education for working pharmacists and enables recognition of clinical training at certificate, diploma, masters and doctoral level. The introduction of postgraduate clinical training also supports the development and delivery of clinical skills within the undergraduate (MPharm) course – which is an intended competency area of the national professional body (General Pharmaceutical Council – Competency 4). In 2014 I secured funding from Health Education West Midlands to develop and implement the Aston Certificate for Pharmacist Independent Prescribing. In 2016-2017 I led the development of the Advanced Health Assessment PG Certificate Programme – a unique course for pharmacists aspiring to be Advanced Clinical Practitioners.


Supported by the Certificate in Learning and Teaching (completed 2013) at Aston, I currently teach both undergraduate and postgraduate students in subjects such as: clinical statistics, prescribing inequalities, medicines reconciliation, clinical skills, research methods and evidence based medicine. Through the APU I host short-term students from across the world, including: France, Italy, Denmark, USA and Australia.

I have been both a pre-registration pharmacist manager and tutor – overseeing the successful professional registration of many pharmacy graduates over a period of 14 years.

Away from Aston I am a member of influential committees / working groups with NICE, Clinical Research Network, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Health Education West Midlands, Health Education England and the Department of Health.

Contact Details

Phone: 0121 204 3941;
Room number: MB442

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert, Medical Education, Cardiff University

Award Date: 2 Oct 2019

PhD, Medicines management across the primary-hospital healthcare interface: a study of paediatric patients

Award Date: 12 Sept 2011

MSc, Clinical Pharmacy, Liverpool John Moores University

Award Date: 5 Mar 1997

BSc, Pharmacy

External positions

FHEA, Higher Education Academy

FRPS, Royal Pharmaceutical Society



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