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Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice and Therapeutics

I am an Academic Practitioner and Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice and Therapeutics in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

I graduated with an MPharm degree from The UCL School of Pharmacy in 2005 before undertaking my pre-registration year at a local independent community pharmacy and qualifying as a pharmacist in 2006. On qualifying, I started my career as a rotational band 6 in secondary care at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust before becoming a Specialist Pharmacist in Emergency and Critical Care. While working there I completed my Clinical Diploma in Pharmacy Practice with Queen's University Belfast, and obtained my Independent Prescribing Qualification from the University of Sunderland in 2010.

I joined the University from full-time clinical practice in December 2013 with 
my role being split between teaching, clinical practice, and research.

I have been fortunate to gain a secondment as a Research Fellow for Hospital Pharmacy Practice at the Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute. This enables me to develop research skills and aligns with my clinical and research interests in bariatric surgery and metabolic medicine.

I hold an honorary contract with South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust where I work one day per week supporting the bariatric pre-assessment clinics, working alongside the pre-assessment team. In my role at the hospital I am also involved with audit work and I am part of the research and audit team within the Pharmacy department.

I contribute to both the undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy courses in terms of material development and delivery as well as other courses in the faculty such as non-medical prescribing.

Teaching and supervision

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

MPharm Pharmacy
Clinical Pharmacy across the course including simulated wards and interprofessional learning sessions.

I am also involved in the development and delivery of new prescribing standards and hospital placements in the 3rd and 4th years of the course.

MSc Clinical Pharmacy
Module Lead for PHMM63: The Acute Patient, PHMM64: The Chronic Patient, and PHMM69: Population Healthcare.

Delivery and supervision of the MSc Clinical Pharmacy in Hong Kong in conjunction with HKUSPACE.

MSc/PgDip Pharmaceutical Sciences for the Overseas Pharmacist Assessment Programme
Clinical Pharmacy across the course including simulated wards and interprofessional learning sessions.

Research interests for potential research students

My research interests sit within the area of pharmacy practice and clinical pharmacy with a particular interest in bariatric surgery and metabolic medicine.

I like to understand patient perspectives and experiences, hence, most of the research I have undertaken or have been involved with has largely been qualitative in nature.


I currently hold a Research Fellow position at the Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute and I am the nominated research and knowledge exchange lead for hospital pharmacy.

I am looking to develop my research skills, but have been involved in pharmacy practice research looking at the use of unlicensed medicines (EMULSION) and several bariatric-related projects.

I am currently working with colleagues at City Hospital Sunderland to complete a two-part study exploring the use of biosimilars in rheumatology patients. In addition, I work closely with the lead bariatric pharmacist in audit completion, service evaluation, and project development exploring the role of pharmacists in bariatric care and patient experiences of bariatric surgery post-operatively.

  • Pharmacy practice and therapeutics with my main interest being bariatric surgery and patient care
  • Emergency and critical care

I enjoy exploring patient perspectives, experiences, and opinions, therefore most of my research knowledge is associated with qualitative methods.

Last updated 28 February 2024