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Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy

I'm a pharmacist lecturer within the pharmacy practice and clinical therapeutics team in the School of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Sciences. I have a background practising in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and general practice. My teaching focuses on my pharmacy experience in the primary care setting, in particular my work at NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group where I also work as part of the Medicines Optimisation Team. I contribute to both the undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy programmes. I have also recently embarked on my PhD with funding from an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship, looking at the potential role of technology in supporting adherence to medicines.

I'm also interested in the role of pharmacists in research. I lead the research module on the MPharm and OSPAP programmes.


Teaching and supervision

I currently teach on the MPharm, MSc Clinical Pharmacy and MSc Pharmaceutical Sciences for Overseas Pharmacist Assessment Programme.


Supervision

I am a co-supervisor for Zahra Batool, Stability of medicines in dose administration aids (DAAs).

Research

A Text message Intervention to support MEdicines adherence mobiLised through community pharmacY (TIMELY)
Investigator: Gemma Donovan
Supervisors: Jonathan Ling, Felicity Smith, Scott Wilkes
Date: October 2016 - September 2021
Funding: NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship     £281,164

Clinical And genetic determinants of Thyroid Hormone Replacement IN general practicE (CATHRINE)
Investigators: Scott Wilkes, Onyebuchi E Okosieme, Salman Razvi, Simon H Pearce, Vinay S. Eligar, Peter N Taylor, Colin M Dayan, Heather J. Cordell, Rosaleen J. Anderson, Gemma Donovan, Kathryn King, Graham Leese, Janis Hickey, Rosie Dew
Date: 13 May 2015 - 12 November 2016 
Funding: AMCo Ltd     £108,914

Exploring Multidisciplinary Use of unLicenSed medicines In primary and secONdary care (EMULSION)
Investigators: Gemma Donovan, Lindsay Parkin, Lyn Brierley-Jones, Scott Wilkes
Date: 1 January 2015 – 31st December 2015 
Funding: PRUK/UKCPA     £50,000

Publications

Number of items: 28.

Article

Hall, Nicola, Bullen, Kathryn, Wake, Nicola, Sherwood, John, Wilkes, Scott and Donovan, Gemma (2020) Prescribing error reporting: Facilitating learning and patient safety across primary care. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 29 (S2). pp. 21-11. ISSN 1099-1557

Donovan, Gemma, Brown, Andrew, Von Hatten, Emily, Armstrong, Catherine and Hardisty, Jessica (2019) Introducing pharmacy students to the structure and function of general practice through undergraduate placements. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. ISSN 1877-1297

Donovan, Gemma, Hall, Nicola, Smith, Felicity, Ling, Jonathan and Wilkes, Scott (2018) Can a two-way automated patient contact intervention improve adherence to medicines? A systematic review. Pharmacy Practice, 16 (Suppl1). p. 7. ISSN 1885-642X

Dew, Rosie, King, Kathryn, Okosieme, Onyebuchi, Pearce, Simon, Donovan, Gemma, Taylor, Peter, Hickey, Janis, Dayan, Colin, Leese, Graham, Razvi, Salman and Wilkes, Scott (2018) Attitudes and perceptions of health professionals towards management of hypothyroidism in general practice: a qualitative interview study. BMJ Open. ISSN 2044-6055

Donovan, Gemma, Parkin, Lindsay, Brierley-Jones, Lyn and Wilkes, Scott (2018) Unlicensed medicines use: A UK guideline analysis using AGREE II. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. ISSN 2042-7174

Hall, Nicola, Donovan, Gemma and Wilkes, Scott (2018) A qualitative synthesis of pharmacist, other health professional and lay perspectives on the role of Community Pharmacy in facilitating care for people with long-term conditions. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. ISSN 1551-7411

Donovan, Gemma, Foster, Stephen, Herscovitz, Marc, Griffiths, Andrew and Slark, Denise (2017) An integrated pathway to access medicines for the palliative care patient in crisis in the out-of-hours period. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, 7 (3). pp. 364-365.

Dew, Rosie, King, Kathryn, Okosieme, Onyebuchi E, Pearce, Simon, Donovan, Gemma, Taylor, Peter, Leese, Graham, Hickey, Janis, Razvi, Salman, Dayan, Colin and Wilkes, Scott (2017) Patients’ attitudes and perceptions towards treatment of hypothyroidism in general practice: an in-depth qualitative interview study. BJGP Open. ISSN 2398-3795

Ashton, Francesca, Rokib, Tahmina and Donovan, Gemma (2016) Can an experiential learning programme promote reflective learning in undergraduate pharmacy students? A qualitative evaluation. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 24 (S3). p. 72. ISSN 2042-7174

Donovan, Gemma, Parkin, Lindsay, Brierley-Jones, Lyn and Wilkes, Scott (2016) Use of unlicensed medicines by prescribers, pharmacists and patients across primary and secondary care: A qualitative study. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 24 (S3). p. 9. ISSN 2042-7174

Gratton, Eleanor and Donovan, Gemma (2016) An evaluation of the impact of an integrated dietitian-led service on economic, clinical and patient satisfaction outcomes in patients prescribed oral nutritional supplements. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 25. pp. 10-11. ISSN 1099-1557

Donovan, Gemma and Paudyal, Vibhu (2016) England's Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) initiative: Facilitating the engagement of pharmacy support staff in public health. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 12 (2). pp. 281-292. ISSN 1551-7411

Donovan, Gemma, Parkin, Lindsay and Wilkes, Scott (2015) Special unlicensed medicines: what we do and do not know about them. British Journal of General Practice, 65 (641). pp. 861-863. ISSN 0960-1643

Donovan, Gemma, Wake, Nicola and Williamson, Steve (2009) FMEA: a new approach to manage high risk medicines. The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 1. pp. 329-332.

Monograph

Donovan, Gemma, Parkin, Lindsay, Brierley-Jones, Lyn, Benson, Anne and Wilkes, Scott (2016) Exploring Multidisciplinary use of Unlicensed Medicines across Primary and Secondary Care (EMULSION). Project Report. UNSPECIFIED.

Conference or Workshop Item

Donovan, Gemma, Hall, Nicola, Ling, Jonathan, Smith, Felicity and Wilkes, Scott (2017) Can a two-way automated patient contact intervention improve adherence to medicines? A systematic review. In: CBC Conference 2018 4th Annual Conference - Behaviour Change for Health: Digital & Beyond, 21st - 22nd February 2018, Senate House, London. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Gemma, Hall, Nicola, Ling, Jonathan, Smith, Felicity and Wilkes, Scott (2017) Can a two-way automated patient contact intervention improve adherence to medicines? A systematic review protocol. In: SAPC North 2017, 23rd - 24th November 2017, Kendal.

Donovan, Gemma, Byrne, Tom, Rokib, Tahmina and Bullen, Kathryn (2016) Development of an Experiential Learning Programme for Pharmacy Students. In: Pharmacy Education Conference 2016, 27 Jun 2016, University of Manchester.

Donovan, Gemma (2016) To boldly go...and research with someone different. In: Bench to Bedside: Drug Therapy, Pharmacy and Health, 1 Jul 2016, Durham University, School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, Queen's Campus. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Gemma, Parkin, Lindsay, Brierley-Jones, Lyn and Wilkes, Scott (2016) How are unlicensed medicines used in practice by prescribers, pharmacists and patients across primary and secondary care? In: Society for Academic Primary Care 45th annual scientific meeting, 6-8 Jul 2016, Dublin Castle, Dublin.

Donovan, Gemma, Parkin, Lindsay, Brierley-Jones, Lyn and Wilkes, Scott (2016) What is the quality and content of published UK guidelines on the use of ULMs? In: Society for Academic Primary Care 45th annual scientific meeting, 6-8 Jul 2016, Dublin Castle, Dublin. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Gemma (2015) Research Fundamentals: getting in to research and developing your career. In: UKCPA Autumn Symposium 2015, 13 - 14 Nov 2015, The Mariott Hotel, Leicester. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Gemma, Parkin, Lindsay, Brierley-Jones, Lyn and Wilkes, Scott (2015) Unlicensed medicines use in the UK: A systematic review and quality assessment of published guidelines. In: UKCPA Autumn Symposium 2015, 13 - 14 Nov 2015, The Marriott Hotel, Leicester.

Donovan, Gemma (2015) Exploring Multidisciplinary Use of unLicenSed medicines In primary and secONdary care. In: Primary Care Research Forum, 24th September 2015, Marriott Hotel, Metro Centre, Gateshead.

Donovan, Gemma and Armstrong, Catherine (2015) Pharmacy Placements in General Practice. In: Royal Pharmaceutical Society Annual Conference 2015, 13 - 14 Sep 2015, International Convention Centre, Birmingham.

Donovan, Gemma and Paudyal, Vibhu (2014) Training needs of support staff to deliver the Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) initiative: a qualitative study. In: UKCPA Autumn Symposium 2014, 21 - 22 Nov 2014, Crowne Plaza, Nottingham.

Donovan, Gemma and Paudyal, Vibhu (2014) Perspectives of Healthy Living Pharmacy support staff on integration of public health activities into traditional pharmacy roles: A qualitative study. In: Royal Pharmaceutical Society Conference 2014, 7th - 8th September 2014, International COnvention Centre, Birmingham.

Thesis

Donovan, Gemma (2014) A STUDY TO EXPLORE PERSPECTIVES OF PHARMACY SUPPORT STAFF ON THE HEALTHY LIVING PHARMACY INITIATIVE. Masters thesis, Robert Gordon University.

This list was generated on Sun Jun 7 04:46:16 2020 BST.
I also work as part of the Medicines Optimisation Team at NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group. Here I've worked on projects around access to medicines for end of life care, nutrition and urgent care.

I also helped to establish a new undergraduate pharmacy placement for students within general practice. This was designed to introduce pharmacy students to the role that general practice plays as part of the healthcare system within the NHS, and also to provide an insight into how pharmacists in general practice can contribute to patient care.

My areas of expertise include the contribution of community pharmacists to the NHS and the role of clinical pharmacists in primary care. I'm also interested in how technology can enhance medicines optimisation.

Registered Pharmacist (2009 - present)
Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (2009 - present)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2015)

Pharmacist in the Medicines Optimisation Team at NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (October 2013 – present)

Member of the Academic Health Sciences Network NENC Medicines Optimisation Steering Group (September 2014 – present)

Community Pharmacy Research Champion for the Primary Care Specialty Group for the NIHR Clinical Research Network, North East and North Cumbria (April 2015 – March 2019)

Last updated 09 April 2020

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