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Kayleigh Davison

Greatham, UK

MPharm Pharmacy

MSc Clinical Pharmacy

Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists


Kayleigh Davison chose to study Pharmacy at the University of Sunderland because of our well-established School of Pharmacy. She has studied at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and recently became an independent prescriber. Her career so far has been varied and she is currently working in general practice while also undertaking an academic tutor role here at Sunderland.

I chose to study the MPharm course at the University of Sunderland because it is a well-established university for Pharmacy, with long-standing excellent results. It is an excellent provider of both undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy training – the information and teaching provided enables you to work to an exceptional level in your role as a pharmacist.

After I completed the MPharm course I completed my pre-registration year in a community pharmacy. During my pharmacy career so far I have experienced many areas of the pharmacy profession and have always worked a dual role in my working week. I began working as a relief pharmacy manager in community pharmacy and working as a hospital pharmacist in a private hospital. I then managed a busy community pharmacy, became an area lead and led on both the undergraduate recruitment for the business and on research for the company. Whilst in this position I received a research grant from the NPA to gather information on the changing primary care workforce of pharmacists and also became an academic tutor at the University of Sunderland. I then spent a short period of my career working as a CCG medicines optimisation pharmacist before I decided to move into general practice in 2018, when the NHS England pilot ‘GP Clinical Pharmacist’s’ second phase commenced. I am currently working in this role while continuing my academic tutor role at the University and am also now an independent prescriber.

I hope to continue my career in general practice and academia, promoting the role of a pharmacist in primary care. I would like to develop and move into a senior role with training responsibilities."

Published 21 February 2020

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