I am a leading pharmacy academic on clinical reasoning and diagnostic performance in community pharmacy practice.


I qualified as a pharmacist in 1992 and started work as a community pharmacist before taking up posts with Boots the Chemist as a teacher practitioner, working at both Bradford and Portsmouth Universites. I then took up a post as a research pharmacist gaining a PhD (2000) investigating skill mix in community pharmacy. I started my first full-time academic post at Portsmouth university (2000-2005) before joining Wolverhampton university (2006-2015) where I helped to set up a new School of Pharmacy. Here I also was promoted to Professor in Pharmacy Practice (2012). In 2015 I moved to the University of Central Lancashire before returning back to Portsmouth in 2018. I have a keen interest in educational innovation and I am sole author of a leading pharmacy textbook, ‘Community Pharmacy, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment’, which is now in its fourth UK edition (Feb, 2017). This book has been adapted for the Australian and New Zealand market and been translated into a number of foreign languages.

Research interests

As my background is as a community pharmacist I have a keen interest in investigating and developing their role. Specifically, this centres on their diagnostic ability in being facilitators of self-care, increasing their prominence in public health (e.g. healthy living pharmacies), and establishing new services or improving patient care pathways (e.g. hospital discharge in to the community). As an educator of pharmacy students I also have a keen interest in professional development and formation of professional identity.

Teaching responsibilities

I use research-led and research informed teaching to deliver teaching on clinical reasoning and differential diagnosis. I enjoy utilising interactive teaching methodologies such as 'flipped classroom'; Team-Based Learning and gaming to apply knowledge to clinical encounters

Media availability

I am available for media interviews and have previously been featured on regional BBC radio.