Prof Ellen Schafheutle PhD, MRes, MSc, MPharm, FFRPS, FRPharmS, PFHEA


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Ellen is Professor of Pharmacy Policy and Practice, Director of the Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Studies (; and Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning in Pharmacy and Optometry.

Ellen has over 25 years experience as a health services and pharmacy practice researcher and has a particular interest in pharmacy policy.  Building on her experience researching the impact of prescription charges and providing evidence to government reviews, more recentpy her research interests have focussed on performance, professional regulation, pharmacy policy, workforce and education.  In 2014, Ellen won the 2014 Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s prestigious Pharmacy Research UK award.

Ellen has a strong publication record, ensuring timely dissemination at academic and professional conferences, and effective engagement with various stakeholders.  To date, she has published over 70 full peer reviewed journal papers.

Ellen's expertise is recognised through her membership of a range of external panels, such as the RPS publication 'Medicines, Ethics and Practice,' the GPhC's Revalidation Advisory Group, and the Department of Health policy advisory group Rebalancing of Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation - Partners’ Forum.

Ellen is responsible for the teaching of pharmacy law and professional regulation to our undergraduate MPharm students and is lead for the year 2 'The Pharmacist' unit with a significant teaching commitment.  Ellen also supervises final year MPharm student projects, most of which are published at conferences and some as full academic papers.  Between 2016 and 2021, Ellen was Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning, overseeing a programme of Postgraduate degrees and CPD in pharmacy and optometry.  

Ellen supervises a number of PhD and MPhil students (eight to completion), as well as MClinRes and MSc students; she has acted as external examiner for PhD and DPharm awards.



Ellen Schafheutle is a pharmacist, originally qualified in Germany and registered in the UK since 1994.  Following an MSc in clinical pharmacy and a PhD in pharmacy practice in the University of Manchester's Drug Usage and Pharmacy Practice Group (DUPPG), Ellen became a member of staff in 1998.  In 2002, she secured one of only three National NHS Primary Care R&D Post Doctoral Awards, as the first pharmacist from an open field of health services researchers.  As part of this Ellen completed an MRes in Health and Community (Policy & Management pathway) thus extending her formal training in research methods and broadening her understanding of policy and management issues.  Ellen joined the Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Studies (CPWS), which is part of DUPPG, in 2007, and she became its Director in 2014.

Following a career with a clear research focus (as research associate and then research fellow), Ellen became a lecturer in 2009, senior lecturer in 2013, and professor in 2018.

In 2014, Ellen received the RPS Pharmacy Research UK award, which ‘recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of pharmacy practice research and has the potential to become a leader in the field.’ Ellen received this award in recognition of her research into prescription charges, and professional regulation and education, and delivered a lecture entitled 'Research informed pharmacy policy & practice: Answers to big questions – getting the detail right,' at the RPS conference in Birmingham in September 2014. (

Social responsibility

I used to be a 'big sister' in an organisation called 'Girls Out Loud' (  They have a number of programmes to support girls aged 13 to 18 through their teenage years and times of big changes and important decisions.  They provide discovery days, role model relays and a mentoring programme (big sisters) which are all about inspiring teenage girls to raise their aspirations and become confident, rounded young women.


  • 2005 - MRes - University of Manchester
  • 1999 - PhD - University of Manchester
  • 1994 - MSc - University of Manchester
  • 1992 - 4 year Pharmacy degree (MPharm) - University of Bonn, German
  • FFRPS - Faculty Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, since 2014

  • FRPharmS - Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society - since 2017
  • Pharmacist, GPhC registered, since 1994
  • MRPharmS - Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society - since 1994
  • Approbierte Apothekerin (Registered pharmacist in Germany), 1993
  • PFHEA - Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy - since 2019
  • SFHEA - Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy - since 2017
  • FHEA - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy - since 2011

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Pharmacy Schools Council (PhSC) representative on the Department of Health policy advisory group Rebalancing of Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation - Partners’ Forum - since 2013

PhSC representative on Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Revalidation Advisory Group - 2014 - 2018

Appointed member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Practice Research Conference Panel, which contributes to the content and organisation of the practice research stream at the annual RPS Conference and peer reviews all practice research submissions (abstracts & PRUK award) -  2013 - 2018

Invited member of advisory panel for Medicines, Ethics & Practice (MEP), an annual RPS publication and key professional support text underpinning pharmacists’ professional and legal practice - since 2010

University representative on the CPPE Operations and Advisory Board (OAB), which recommends CPPE’s costed plan and organisational strategy to the Contract Management Board, and offers expert and professional opinion on CPPE’s strategic development plans - since 2014

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