Dr Penny Lewis MPharm, MRPharmS, PhD, FHEA, PGCertHE

Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice

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Penny Lewis is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry at the University of Manchester and Academic Lead Pharmacist for Research, Manchester University Foundation Trust. Penny is internationally recognised for her expertise and experience in medication safety research and the effective delivery of pharmacy services to improve patient care. Penny actively promotes research engagement and fosters the research ambitions of healthcare professionals, including clinical pharmacists, through her current secondment to the Research Capacity Leadership Team of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (NIHR ARC_GM). 


Penny is registered pharmacist and Senior Clinical Lecturer. Penny undertook her PhD within the Drug Usage and Pharmacy Practice Group within the Pharmacy School at Manchester and then went on to work as a postdoctoral researcher on the EQUIP study prior to her appointment as Clinical Lecturer in 2010. Penny has extensive practice experience in both hospital and community pharmacy and maintains links with both sectors through her honorary post at Manchester Foundation Trust and her work with the Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Collaborative. As well her pharmacy interests, Penny is passionate about widening participation and has been involved in various school projects as well as being admissions tutor for the foundation year which provides access to the MPharm course to disadvantaged outstanding students.

Social responsibility

Penny received a Commended Award from the Associate Vice-President for Social Responsibility for my work with the Greater Manchester Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Collaborative. The Collaborative was set up to identify patient safety priorities, develop solutions and test their impact. Participation by members of the collaborative has resulted in numerous improvements in their community pharmacies some of which have directly improved patient care.

Penny has also received OFFA funding (£1000) to supervise an undergraduate student in developing an in-house activity for Looked After Children and their carers. This project resulted in the delivery of a workshop aimed at introducing higher education and pharmacy as a professional and attainable career option for looked after children.


2019 - Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education 

2015 - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2007 - PhD in Pharmacy Practice, University of Manchester

2002 - MPharm, Aston University, Birmingham

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Invited member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s ‘Ensuring the safe use of medicines working group’
  • General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society

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