Principal Lecturer and MPharm Programme Leader
I am a Principal Lecturer and the Programme Leader for Master of Pharmacy in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. I am a National Teaching Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am responsible for the strategic academic leadership and operational management of the pharmacy course.
I completed my MPharm degree at the University of Sunderland and have significant multi-sector experience in clinical practice.
I began working as an Academic Tutor at the University of Sunderland in 2014, before taking on a permanent post as Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Therapeutics in 2015. I was promoted to Principal Lecturer in 2017.
I am the principal investigator on an NIHR NENC ARC funded project exploring the role of community pharmacists in the early identification of patients with suspected head and neck cancer.
Teaching and supervision
I teach clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice across all four stages of the MPharm and contribute to the postgraduate MSc in Clinical Pharmacy. I am the Programme Leader for MPharm and my role encompasses all aspects of teaching, learning, assessment and student support.
I supervise the academic pre-registration trainee pharmacists at the University and also hold an external examiner appointment at another UK School of Pharmacy.
Research interests for potential research students
I currently supervise three PhD and four MSc students.
My research interests include both clinical practice and education. I am the principal investigator on an NIHR NENC ARC funded project exploring the role of community pharmacists in the early identification of patients with suspected head and neck cancer.
I am a member of the Society for Academic Primary Care and on the Editorial Board for BMC Health Services Research.
My research to date has been focused on oral health; exploring the adverse effects of medications on the oral cavity, the links between oral and systemic disease and the interprofessional management of oral health conditions. My educational research is focused on the development of interprofessional education, simulation-based learning and patient contact in pharmacy education. My PhD thesis was titled "The role of the pharmacist in the promotion of oral health and the interprofessional prevention of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ)".
In 2016, I was awarded the Pharmacy Research UK and UK Clinical Pharmacy Association Clinical Research Grant for the MAP-BRONJ study. This study explored the interprofessional management of bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw.
I have also received grants from NHS England to evaluate the prescribing of antibiotics by dentists and from the Higher Education Funding Council for England to develop and evaluate interprofessional education in undergraduate healthcare students.
Sturrock, Andrew, Preshaw, P. M., Hayes, Catherine and Wilkes, Scott (2020) A critical synthesis of the role of the pharmacist in oral healthcare and management of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw. BDJ Open, 6 (1). p. 13. ISSN 2056-807X
Sturrock, Andrew, Preshaw, Philip M, Hayes, Catherine and Wilkes, Scott (2020) ‘We do not seem to engage with dentists’: a qualitative study of primary healthcare staff and patients in the North East of England on the role of pharmacists in oral healthcare. BMJ Open, 10 (2). e032261. ISSN 2044-6055
Sturrock, Andrew, Preshaw, Philip M, Hayes, Catherine and Wilkes, Scott (2019) Prevention of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw. The Pharmaceutical Journal, 303 (7928).
Sturrock, Andrew, Preshaw, Philip M, Hayes, Catherine and Wilkes, Scott (2019) General dental practitioners’ perceptions of, and attitudes towards, improving patient safety through a multidisciplinary approach to the prevention of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ): a qualitative study in the North East of England. BMJ Open, 9. ISSN 2044-6055
Sturrock, Andrew, Preshaw, Philip, Hayes, Catherine and Wilkes, Scott (2019) Perceptions and attitudes of patients towards medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ): a qualitative study in England. BMJ Open, 2018 (02437). pp. 1-7. ISSN 2044-6055
Sturrock, Andrew, Landes, D, Robson, T, Bird, L, Ojelabi, A and Ling, Jonathan (2018) An audit of antimicrobial prescribing by dental practitioners in the north east of England and Cumbria. BMC Oral Health, 18 (206). ISSN 1472-6831
Bird, L, Landes, D, Robson, T, Sturrock, Andrew and Ling, Jonathan (2018) Higher antibiotic prescribing propensity of dentists in deprived areas and those with greater access to care in the North East and Cumbria: A population-based exploration of prescribing variations. British Dental Journal, 225 (6). pp. 517-524. ISSN 1476-5373
Sturrock, Andrew, Cussons, Hannah, Jones, Claire, Woodcock, Chris and Bird, Lucy (2017) Oral health promotion in the community pharmacy: an evaluation of a pilot oral health promotion intervention. British Dental Journal, 223(7). ISSN 0007-0610,
Ferrie, Lindsey J and Sturrock, Andrew (2017) Interprofessional drug safety: enhancing collaborative knowledge exchange. Medical Education, 51 (11). pp. 1176-1177.
Sturrock, Andrew, Preshaw, Philip M, Hayes, Catherine and Wilkes, Scott (2017) Attitudes and perceptions of GPs and community pharmacists towards their role in the prevention of bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw: a qualitative study in the North East of England. BMJ Open. ISSN 2044-6055
Sturrock, Andrew and Hayes, Catherine (2020) The Challenge of implementing a Grounded Theory approach in a Qualitative Study of GPs and Pharmacists in the Prevention of Bisphosphonate Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (BRONJ). In: UNSPECIFIED SAGE Publications, USA.
Sturrock, Andrew and Hayes, Catherine (2020) Designing and Implementing a Mixed Methods Evaluation of a Community Pharmacy Based Oral Health Intervention. In: Sage Research Methods. Sage. ISBN 9781529717594
Conference or Workshop Item
Davison, Kathryn, Bullen, Kathryn, Sturrock, Andrew and Hardisty, Jessica (2020) Multi‐sector pre‐registration training: qualitative analysis of pre‐registration trainees’ perceptions of a pre‐registration training programme in academia and community pharmacy. In: Health Services Research and Pharmacology Practice 2020, 16-17 April 2020, Cardiff.
Boxer, Emma and Sturrock, Andrew (2019) Investigating the impact of dementia friend’s information session delivery on undergraduate healthcare students in relation to current teaching. In: Manchester Pharmacy Education Conference, 29/06/2019, Manchester.
Sturrock, Andrew, Wales, Jasmie, Hardisty, Jessica and Statham, Louise (2018) Simulated learning in a mock ward setting: a tool for developing clinical knowledge, improving patient safety and inspiring future hospital pharmacists. In: Manchester Pharmacy Education Conference, June 2018, Manchester.
Sturrock, Andrew, Preshaw, Philip, Hayes, Catherine and Wilkes, Scott (2018) Multidisciplinary prevention of Medication Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw. In: Pharmacy Together, 02 Nov 2018, Novotel, London. (Unpublished)
Sturrock, Andrew (2016) Bisphosphonate related osteonecrosis of the jaw. A study of community pharmacists’ and general medical practitioners’ attitudes and perceptions towards the oral implications of bisphosphonate therapy and the influence of these on their practice. In: Society for Academic Primary Care Northern Conference, 25/11/2016, Kendal.
Sturrock, Andrew (2020) The role of the pharmacist in the promotion of Oral health and the interprofessional Prevention of medication-related Osteonecrosis of the jaw (mronj). Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.
- Pharmacy practice
- Clinical pharmacy
- Oral health
- Qualitative research
- Mixed methods research
- Health services research
- Interprofessional education
- Pharmacy education