Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences
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My interests in substance misuse and sexual health began at the University of Brighton in 1997 where I studied for a MPharm. My final year project researched the pharmacists' perceptions and knowledge of the needle exchange programme.
After my pre-reg year, in Northern Ireland, I returned to Brighton to work as a community pharmacist. This year enabled me to work closely with the local Primary Care Trust (PCT) where I eventually took up the role as Prescribing Adviser in 2004 advising local doctors and nurses around cost-effective evidence based prescribing. This primary care role provided me with exposure to pharmaceutical care within the prison service and community hospitals along with being an advocate for community pharmacy through my involvement with local pharmacy groups eg Local Practice Forum. During my time at the PCT I was encouraged to develop my skills and undertook a Postgraduate Clinical Diploma and a Non-Medical Prescribing course at the University of Brighton.
In 2011, I moved to the University of Brighton to take up a position as a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice after having developed some postgtraduate training focused on Sexual Health provision by pharmacists which was successfully commissioned by the PCT. With my skills in prescribing I was asked to take the lead for the Non-Medical Prescribing programme for Pharmacists and have been leading this since 2015.
In 2014, I received funding from Pharmacy Research UK to look at the modifiable patient factors that affect adherence to oral contraceptives which has been shared with the local commissioners for Sexual Health at Brighton and Hove Council.
I am now looking to develop the NMP programme further due to successfully tendering for Health Education funding and increase demand in response to government initiatives such as Pharmacists in GP practice.
RPS Gazette (15th June 2013 Vol 290) RPS local practice forums are vital for student support and development The Pharmaceutical Journal.