Ian Maidment

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I joined Pharmacy at Aston in February 2012, having spent the previous 25 years as a practicing pharmacist. I have worked within community, industry, acute hospital and particularly within old age and adult psychiatry where I worked for 18 years; with 9 years at a senior level. 

I am an experienced researcher, manager and clinician with a broad research background including working within multi-disciplinary international teams. I am experienced in aspects of management including strategic planning, knowledge management, team development, change management and administration, from both a public sector and commercial environment.

I have taught and developed teaching material for a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. In particular I have developed a Psychopharmacology course for non-medical prescribers and educational material for the College for Postgraduate Pharmacy Educatio

Research interests

  • Medication errors in mental health and dementia – widely published in this field and undertaken qualitative and quantitative research. This includes an analysis of all medication errors reported by Mental Health Trusts to the NPSA in a single year, which was part of Themed Review of Medication Safety Incidents (Safety in Doses; NPSA, 2009 – available on
  • Medication management in dementia – linked with international leaders in this field. Chair of grant-writing group, which is supported by Dementia and Neurogenerative Diseases (DeNDRoN).
  • Pharmacological interventions for agitation in dementia – co-principal investigator for 1st in world CTIMP (clinical trial of an investigation medicinal product) studying a pharmaceutical agent in dementia.
  • Anti-cholinergic burden (ACB) – investigator on two recently published trials, which studied the link between ACB, and cognition and mortality (one study, which identified an association between mortality and ACB, received widespread international publicity).

  • Member of the Dementia and Neurogenerative Diseases (DeNDRoN) Dementia Research Network Clinical Studies Group.
  • Member of trial monitoring committee for Drug Safety Research Unit (DSRU) observational trial.

Teaching Activity

Programme Director Postgraduate Psychiatric Programme (Certificate, Diploma, MSc).

Module co-ordinator - PMHRP1 - OSPAP MSc.


PH4703: Lectures and workshops in clinical pharmacy
PH3601: Workshops in mental health and neurology
PH4704: Lectures on research methods


  • PhD via previously published work, Aston University, 2013
  • MA in Health Service Research with Merit, University of Kent, 2010
  • Diploma Management Studies (distinction), Christchurch University, Canterbury, 2004
  • Diploma Psychiatric Pharmacy, De Montfort University, Leicester, 1996
  • BPharm (2:1), University of Bath, 1986


  • 2012 – date: Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy, Pharmacy, Aston University.
  • 2007 – 2011: Senior Pharmacist / Clinical Lead for R&D, Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.
  • 2002 – 2007: Chief Pharmacist for East Kent Partnership NHS Trust.
  • 2000 – 2002: Pharmacy services manager (mental health), Kent & Canterbury Hospital.
  • 1997 – 2000: Mental Health Pharmacist, Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Trust.
  • 1996 – 1997: Clinical Audit Pharmacist, Royal Berkshire Hospital.
  • 1994 – 1996: Clinical Pharmacist, Thanet Hospital.
  • 1993 – 1994: Locum Pharmacist, St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight.
  • 1988 – 1993: Community Pharmacy Manager.
  • 1987 – 1988: Basic Grade Pharmacist, Lewisham Hospital.
  • 1986 – 1987: Industrial / Hospital Pre-registration Pharmacist.

PhD Supervision

Kimrendeep Basi - the role of moible assistive technology in supporting adherence to medication in people with dementia (co-supervision with Jo Lumsden, EAS).

Possible availability to supervise new suitable applicants in the following areas:

  • Medication management in dementia and mental health.
  • Medication review in the healthcare of older people including dementia and mental health.
  • The impact of anti-cholinergic burden on health outcomes.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • 2011: Member General Pharmaceutical Council.
  • 2011: Founder Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
  • 2006: Full member of British Association for Psychopharmacology.
  • 2002: Member of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy

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Clinical and Systems Neuroscience

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  1. BMC Health Services Research (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

  2. ICAD 2011

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  3. IPA 2010 International Meeting

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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