Dr Latif obtained a First Class Honours degree in pharmacy and has been a qualified pharmacist since 1999. He was awarded a Post-graduate Clinical Diploma (with distinction) in 2004 and a Master's degree in Research Methods (with distinction) in 2006. With his research interests and practice experience, he was offered employment as a MUR accreditor (De Montfort University 2006-2009). He has been an Independent Prescriber since 2018.
To advance his research expertise, he was successful in attaining, an external, competitive ESRC/MRC PhD studentship to further what is known about the English community pharmacy 'Medicines Use Review' (MUR) Service. Following his PhD, his growing expertise in the area of medicines management was quickly recognised when he was offered appointment as a Research Fellow to evaluate the English New Medicine Service (NMS). The evaluation was a major project funded by the Department of Health's Policy Research Programme and he was involved in evaluating this service in order to inform decisions about continuation of the service nationally. His input and critical thinking was rewarded when he was promoted to Senior Research Fellow after a year.
He was then invited to work across disciplines to develop expertise in co-production. This experience exposed him to the value and philosophy of co-production and ways vulnerable patients can contribute to service improvements. He transferred these skills and knowledge to develop a research proposal to co-develop a digital educational intervention to raise pharmacist awareness, understanding and engagement with medically under-served groups. He was awarded a prestigious competitive NIHR Integrated-Clinical Academic Fellowship to pursue this work (2016-2019).
Dr Latif has published widely and across disciplines. With over 50 publications, including over 25 peer review professional papers his work is nationally and internationally recognised. His current related research interests include: 1. being a co-applicant on large NIHR-HSDR funded project investigating how vulnerable patients manage complex medicine regimes towards the end of life; 2. exploring new community pharmacists' roles in palliative care (PhD supervisor); 3. leading research with a group of surgeons investigating the impact of dress code policies in surgical theatres and the impact on employment opportunities 4. leading an evaluation for quality improvement in community pharmacies (De Montfort University); 5. lead for work with community groups to reduce discrimination and promoting community cohesion. 6. lead for work exploring differences in health outcomes between marginalised groups and the general population.
Regarding supporting the career development of others, Dr Latif hold the following positions: 1. Research Concordat Officer for the School of Health Sciences; 2. member of the Post-graduate Research Committee; 3. member of the Research Steering and Operations Group; 4. member of the Career Development and Inclusion Board.
Mixed methods research
Observations of patient-professional interaction
Pharmacy practice research
Dr Latif's research focus is understanding community pharmacy medicines management services and exploring patient experiences, lived experiences and perceptions. Specifically, his interest lies in… read more
LATIF A, 2019. Medicines Management: The core of pharmacy practice. In: ZAHEER-UD-DIN BABAR, ed., Encyclopedia of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy Academic Press. 701
Dr Latif's research focus is understanding community pharmacy medicines management services and exploring patient experiences, lived experiences and perceptions. Specifically, his interest lies in developing e-learning resources designed to change the behaviour of pharmacy staff to improve the provision services to patents. His current expanding area of interest include the provision of community pharmacy services to vulnerable and palliative and end of life patients.
He has a particular interest in research ethics, which stems from serving as an expert member of the Nottingham NHS Research Ethics Commitee (REC).