I am Reader in Pharmacy Practice in the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry. Since August 2016, I am seconded 50% of my time to the Division of Informatics, Imaging and Data Sciences, where I am Director of Public Engagement for Connected Health Cities and co-lead for Public Engagement for HeRC. I also work 10% of my time for the pharmacy department at Salford Royal Hospitals Foundation Trust.
My research focuses on two areas:
- the process and outcomes of prescribing in secondary care, and
- public engagement/involvement in the use/linkage of health data for research.
I am a specialist advisor to Northwest NHS Research Design Service
After registering as a pharmacist in Northern Ireland in 1983, I worked for 2½ years in a mission hospital in Zambia, Central Africa, before returning to Belfast in 1986 to begin an MSc in Hospital Pharmacy. I worked as a clinical pharmacist in Hope Hospital, Salford, until the lure of research drew me to do my PhD in the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Manchester, in 1994. I continued to work there as a post-doctoral researcher after securing a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship and took up an appointment clinical lecturer in 1999 and was promoted to clinical senior lecturer in 2006 and reader in 2011. I was invited to be Visiting Professor in the Department of Pharmacy, University of Uppsala, Sweden from 2003 to 2008.
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
Member of Faculty Fitness to Practise panel
Member of Manchester CityVerve Privacy Committee/Working Group
Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Fellow of the Faculty of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Chair of Pharmaceutical Care Network Europe 2009-2011
Chair of Royal Pharmaceutical Society Conference, Sept 2011
Awarded Chemist & Druggist Practice Research Medal in 2007 for significant contribution to the field of pharmacy practice research
Member of Editorial Advisory Board of 'Pharmacy Practice' (previously 'Seguimiento Farmacoterapéutico')
Academic Lead for Engagement and Involvement in Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, in Faculty Centre for Engagement and Involvement 2015-16
Memberships of Professional Organisations
General Pharmaceutical Council
Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Higher Education Authority
Pharmaceutical Care Network Europe (PCNE)
European Society of Clinical Pharmacy (ESCP)
United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA)