Part Time PhD Student
Research title: Medicines optimisation during and following transitions of care for people with Dementia between care homes and hospitals
Supervisors: Prof Alison Blenkinsopp (Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Bradford), Dr Sarah Smith (University and Bradford) and Dr David Alldred (University of Leeds).
I live in West Yorkshire. I am a registered pharmacist. I completed my Masters in Pharmacy (MPharm) at the University of Bradford in 2006. My background is predominantly in primary care, initially as a community pharmacist and more recently as an advisor on prescribing and medicines management in GP surgeries. Alongside practicing as a pharmacist, I completed my post graduate diploma in medicines management and qualified as an independent prescriber. In 2012, I started working as a Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University and in 2013 managed to secure funding from PRUK to study for the MRes in preparation for my PhD.
When this exciting PhD opportunity arose, I was attracted for a variety of reasons. I have personal experience of seeing family members face the challenges associated with having, and caring for those with dementia. Improving the care and support for people affected by dementia is something I am extremely passionate about.
As a pharmacist, I am committed to helping and supporting people (patients/carers/professionals) to safely and effectively administer medicine, gain the most benefit from their treatment and ultimately have a better quality of life.
Bradford is internationally recognised for research in this field and offers the chance to work with, and learn from, other students and academics across disciplines. The collaboration between the School of Pharmacy and the Bradford Dementia Group offered the perfect combination for my PhD.