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Current Positions:

Director - Academic Practice Unit (Aston University & Birmingham Children's Hospital)

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 (30+ years); primary care (2 years) and pharmacy academia (6 years). I am an experienced ‘consultant level’ clinical pharmacist with specialisms in neurology and paediatrics. Until 2012 I was the Chair of the regional clinical pharmacist (hospitals) network – a subcommittee of the West Midlands Chief Pharmacists’ group. I retain my clinical involvement through my work at Birmingham Children’s Hospital as Director of the Pharmacy Academic Practice Unit and as advisor to the electronic prescribing (paediatrics) project for the Trust. I am the Programme Director for the three postgraduate clinical pharmacy programmes at Aston.

Research Interests

I started work towards a PhD at Aston University in 2007, under the supervision of Profs Keith Wilson and John Marriott. I completed in 2011 and successfully submitted my thesis without any corrections or amendments. My thesis title was “Medicines management across the primary-hospital healthcare interface: a study of paediatric patients”. This translational research programme provided the background for a major change in NHS practice concerning the supply of long-term medicines to children.

My research has continued during my Service Level Agreement (SLA) between Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH) and Aston University Pharmacy (currently 0.95 wte with Aston; 0.05 wte with BCH). At present my research interests include: enhanced medicines for children; paediatric electronic prescribing; and advanced pharmacy services (see details below). As Chair of the electronic prescribing research group at Birmingham Children’s Hospital I provide strategic direction to this multi-professional clinical group. As part of this programme I was instrumental in securing matched funding from CLARHC (National Institute for Health Research) for a three year project (known as SPACER – value £60,000). I also provide strategic national research guidance through my work with: the Clinical Research Network for Children; the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – Medicines Optimisation guideline development group; and the Pharmacy Development Group of Health Education England (HEE)

I am the evaluation lead for a HEE 49 site, 18,600 patient study into the potential future clinical work of pharmacists in Emergency Departments (PIED study – total value £275,000). This innovative translational work is already impacting nationally on workforce planning. The delivery of my research programme is primarily through the Academic Practice Unit (APU) – a joint venture between BCH and Aston, which opened in April 2013. I was instrumental in its development and delivery and I am the APU’s founding Director. Through the APU I have engaged research collaborators from a wide range of disciplines including clinical medicine, nursing, pharmacy technicians, business managers and engineers. I have developed a network of national and international collaborators and supporters (known as APU Associates), and have current active projects with colleagues from France, USA, Italy, Netherlands and Australia.

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: Office at Birmingham
Children’s Hospital 



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