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Dr Julie Sowter

PositionSenior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice
LocationN22, Richmond building
DepartmentSchool of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
Feedback HoursNormal working days; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 234206
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Research Interests (key words only)

Women's Health, Herbal Medicines, Patient Information, Pharmacy Education.

PhD Supervision

PhD (in progress):

  • Mrs V-Lin Cheong– project "Priorities for interventions to reduce hospital readmissions risks in frail elderly patients." 

DPharm (in progress):

  • Mr Wisam Tatari– project "Using Pharmacist-led Tele-Consultation to review patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease."

EdD (in progress):

  • Mrs Helen Ireland– project "Exploration of the development and assessment of professionalism during the preregistration pharmacist placement across healthcare settings."

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Consultation skills
  • Patient Centred Care and Medicines optimisation
  • Public Health

Administrative Responsibilities

  • PG Clinical Programme Development
  • Lead Member of School Leadership Board

Study History

  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons), University of Nottingham, 1980
  • Master of Education (Clinical Pharmacy Teaching), University of Leeds, 1999
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research, University of Leeds, 2000
  • PhD, University of Leeds, 2014. Thesis entitled: Information needs about herbal remedies for women experiencing menopausal symptoms

Professional History

  • 1981-1982 Basic grade pharmacist, York District Hospital
  • 1982-1983 Resident Pharmacist, St James's Hospital Leeds
  • 1983-1986 Pharmacy Manager, Chapel Allerton Hospital, Leeds
  • 1987-2001 Locum Pharmacist, Leeds
  • 1989-1992 Clinical Pharmacist, Leeds General Infirmary
  • 1993-1996 Pharmacy Lecturer, Leeds College of Health
  • 1996-2000 Deputy Head of Division of Pharmacy Practice, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds
  • 2000-2015 Senior Pharmacy Lecturer & Professional lead for Pharmacy, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds
  • 2004-2009 Head of Pharmacy Practice and Medicines Management, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds

Professional Activities

  • Member General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) (membership number 2026882)
  • Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (membership number 74290)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Member of UK Clinical Pharmacist Association Member of West Yorkshire
  • Local Practice Forum Steering Group
  • Member of programme management team for the PG Programme in Clinical Education, University of Leeds
  • External Examiner University of East Anglia School of Pharmacy for undergraduate modules and courses for the academic year 2015 to current

Research Collaborations

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.


V. Cheong, J. Silcock, J. Sowter and N. Hamilton. 2017. Prevalence of medicines-related risk factors in frail elderly patients with frequent hospital readmission. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 25 (Suppl.1), pp.38-39.

Sowter J., F. Astin, L. Dye, P. Marshall and P. Knapp. 2016. Assessment of the quality and content of website health information about herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms. Maturitas. 88 pp16-22.

Sowter J., P. Knapp, L. Dye, F. Astin, P. Marshall. 2014. The quality and coverage of website information on herbal remedies for treatment of menopausal symptoms. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. (Supp. 2) pp70-71.

Al-Emran F, Badham H, Sowter J. 2013. How to get a head start with summer placements in hospital pharmacy. Tomorrow’s Pharmacist. 18th October.

Dickinson R, Hamrosi, K, Knapp P, Aslani P, Sowter J, Krass I and Raynor DK. 2013. Suits you? A qualitative study exploring preferences regarding the tailoring of consumer medicines information. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 21 (4) pp 207–215.

Hamrosi K, Dickinson R, Knapp P, Raynor DK., Krass I, Sowter J and Aslani P. 2013. It’s for your benefit: exploring patients’ opinions about the inclusion of textual and numerical benefit information in medicine leaflets. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 21, (4) pp 216–225.

Sowter J, Cortis J., Clarke D.J. 2011. The development of evidence based guidelines for clinical practice portfolios. Nurse Education Today 31(8) pp872-6.

Clarke D.J Cortis J., Sowter J. 2011. Pilot testing of guidelines to support good practice in the development of professional portfolios Nurse Education Today. 31 pp. e70-e78.

Middleton H, Sanders S, Christou M, Lau S, Sowter J. 2008. Education and training- a professional development framework Hospital Pharmacist 15 (5) pp175-176.

Kilminster S.; Hale, C.A.; Lascelles, M.A.; Morris P.A.; Roberts T.E.; Stark, P.; Sowter, J.R., Thistlethwaite J.E. 2004. Learning for real life: patient-focused interprofessional workshops offer added value Medical Education, 38, pp.717-726.

Sowter, J.R.; Knapp, P.R.; Everett M.; Hartley, E.; Griffith-Jones M.; Walker J.; Raynor, D.K. 2003 Does style matter? Assessing the impact of two magazines about the menopause International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 11, pp.R32.

Day, M.; Knapp, P.R.; Dye, L.; Sowter, J.R.; Raynor, D.K., How much do recent users know about emergency hormonal contraception? 2002. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, pp.R56.

Hope, H.; Dye L.; Knapp, P.R.; Sowter, J.R.; Raynor, D.K. 2002. Clare wants the morning-after pill: what do practitioners think? International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, pp.R71.

Sowter, J.R., Feely M., Kay E.A. 1997. An audit of warfarin anticoagulation in teaching hospital patients. Pharm J 259, pp 612-613.

Sowter J.R., Raynor D.K. 1997.The management of oral health problems in community pharmacies. Pharm J 259, pp 308-310.

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