Biography

I am an academic pharmacist and qualitative behavioural scientist. My research primarily focusses on healthcare practitioner and patient behaviour change to facilitate routine proactive deprescribing of medicines with more risks than benefits. I led the development of the first practitioner behaviour change intervention for deprescribing in the hospital setting within my PhD. The intervention has since received funding to be tested in the largest definitive hospital deprescribing trial in the world.

My deprescribing work has led me to be one of the founding members of the Northern European Researchers in Deprescribing (NERD) network, where my primary role is to build international research capacity both within Europe and between the network and countries globally.

I continue to practice at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

 

Current research projects

Learning from proactive deprescribing experiences within the Care Homes Independent Pharmacist Prescribing Study to develop national policy regarding deprescribing in care homes for older people (Co-chief Investigator) - National Institute for Health Research Research Translating Research Into Practice (2021-2022)

Improving the quality and experience of care for patients prescribed medicines with a risk of dependence or withdrawal (Co-investigator) - National Institute for Health Research Research for Patient Benefit (2021-2022)

CompreHensive geriAtRician-led MEdication Review (CHARMER) (Co-investigator and Programme Manager) – National Institute for Health Research Programme Grant for Applied Research (2020-2025)

Generating the evidence for safely and acceptably switching people with Parkinson’s to liquid formulations (Chief Investigator) – EIRA Research and Development Grant (2020-2021)

 

Research group

Bethany Atkins - Senior Research Associate

Jeanette Blacklock - Senior Research Associate

Dr Linda Birt - Senior Research Associate

Caroline Smith – Research Administrator

Mohammed Alharthi -  PhD student (with Professor David Wright)

Click here for current PhD opportunities. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

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