I grew up in Swansea and studied pharmacy at the University of Portsmouth 1989-1992. I completed my pre-registration placement at Boots the Chemists in Cosham and qualified as a pharmacist in 1993. I worked for Boots, as a Pharmacy Manager, for six years until 1999 and then transferred to LloydsPharmacy as a Teacher-Practitioner.
In 2001 I became a full-time lecturer at the University of Portsmouth; in the same year I completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, became a Fellow of AdvanaceHE (previously the Higher Education Academy) and in 2002 I completed an MSc.
I had a brief spell working part-time from 2004-2011 while I had my two children and returned to full-time emplyment in 2011. In October 2011 I started a part-time PhD and submitted in October 2017. I evaluated MPharm students' study habits and where they turn for support. As a result of my research I have implemented a Peer Assisted Learning programme where I train and support carefully selected Year Two (level 5) MPharm undergraduates to undertake the PAL leader role. PAL provides a safe environment for students to discuss ideas and resolve questions; promoting collaborative learning and an oppotunity for PAL leaders to share their experiences.
I have also worked as a pharmacist support trainer for SEMMED (South East Medicines Management and Education) which is now part of Health Education England (HEE), supporting hospital pre-registration pharmacists during their pre-registration year.
I am Course Leader for the MPharm programme, a senior lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and Year Tutor for Year Two (level 5) MPharm undergraduates. I co-ordinate 60 credits of the MPharm programme - 20 credits in Year One (level 4) Introduction to Pharmacy Practice and 40 credits in Year Three (level 6) Delivering Pharmaceutical Care to Patients. I am external examiner for the HEE London and South East Pharmacy Medicines Optimisation programme and for Medway School of Pharmacy.
Peer Assisted Learning, Awareness and usage of contraceptives, CPD, Internet Pharmacy, Students’ Learning Styles, Communication and counselling skills.