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Dr Helena Herrera


Helena graduated with an MPharm (Cum Laude) from the University of Seville (Spain), in 1997. She then completed a PgCert Education before registering as a pharmacist in 1998. She then worked overseas as a community pharmacist until she moved to the UK in 2001. She then worked as a pharmacy manager for several companies while undertaking a number of post-graduate courses, including an MSc in Pharmacy Practice and PgC in Pharmacy Management.

    In 2006, she joined the University of Portsmouth to be Course Leader for the Foundation Degree in Medicines Management, and subsequently, the Course Leader for the MSc in Pharmacy Practice. She also gained a number of post-graduate research qualifications, including a PhD and PgC in Research Methods. 

    Currently, Helena teaches research methods and professional ethics to year 3 MPharm students and overlooks the progress of final year projects and holds a number of posts at the University. These include: vice-chair of the Science Faculty Research Ethics Committee, Departmental Research Degrees Co-ordinator and Professional Doctorate pharmacy pathway leader. She continues working in practice as a community pharmacist.

    Helena is also unit co-ordinator for the “Research Methods and Ethics” and "MPharm research project" units in years three and four of the MPharm course at the University of Portsmouth and teaches undergraduate MPharm students across all four years of the programme within the pharmacy practice unit. She has also been involved with Biomedical Science project students. Research themes include research skills, research and clinical governance, ethics, professional practice, pharmacy practice and clinical simulation. She is also a personal tutor for students across all four years and supervises MPharm projects, MRes, Prof Doc and PhD students.

Research interests

Research interests span over four areas of pharmacy practice: pharmaceuticals and the environment, professional practice, pharmacy education and medicines optimisation. Current ongoing projects within these categories are listed below:

 Strand 1: Pharmaceuticals and the environment

  • The impact of pharmaceuticals and the environment – what do practicing pharmacists think about this issue?

 Strand 2: Professional practice

  • Ethical decision making in pharmacy practice
  • Pharmacists’ professional satisfaction within the different models of community pharmacy businesses
  • Community pharmacists’ engagement with practice research: barriers and facilitators
  • Service provision for older patients in community pharmacy – are we meeting the needs of our ageing population?

 Strand 3: Pharmacy education

  • Training needs analysis of pre-registration hospital pharmacists - a comparative study between models in the UK and Europe.
  • Does using video and interactive technology for patient education in addition to clinic consultations increase patient compliance and satisfaction with care?”

 Strand 4: Medicines optimisation 

  • An evaluation of the impact of using translated dispensing labels on adherence, safety and patient satisfaction.
  • Best practice for computerised personal health records to support medicines optimisation: improving shared understanding for patients and practitioners.