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Claire Anderson

Professor of Social Pharmacy, Faculty of Science



I am President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

I am professor of Social Pharmacy in the Division of Pharmacy Practice and Policy within the School of Pharmacy.

I am Associate Director and lead for academic and institutional capacity for the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Workforce Development Hub

I am a trustee of the Commonwealth Pharmacist Association.

I worked as a pharmacist for seven years both as a hospital clinical pharmacist and a community pharmacist in a small group in Oxford. I then took up a joint appointment as regional postgraduate tutor for Oxford and North West Thames Regional Health Authorities and a lectureship at Department of Pharmacy, King's College of London. I was part time Pharmaceutical Adviser at Buckinghamshire Health Authority in 1992. I eventually became a full time lecturer at King's College and completed my PhD in 1997, "Health Promotion by Community Pharmacists" an evaluation of the Barnet High Street Health Scheme. In 1999 I was appointed to a senior lectureship at Nottingham, promoted to reader in 2002 and then to a personal chair in social pharmacy in 2003.

Teaching Summary


My main teaching interests are pharmacy practice, pharmacy leadership and management (Lord Dearing Award 2016), public health,social pharmacy, research methods and skills and pharmacy and communication skills.

I supervise 60 credit MPharm Projects in University of Auckland, Monash University, Melbourne, Griffith University, University of Sydney, Ottawa Children's Hospital, Canada, Boots.

I have developed student summer exchanges with ten partners in seven countries. I was awarded British Council PMI2 money to send 10 students for summer placements in India.

Research Summary

As a leading social pharmacy researcher my work focuses on designing and evaluating pharmacy practice and health service models and exploring patient's experiences of using medicines. My research… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

As a leading social pharmacy researcher my work focuses on designing and evaluating pharmacy practice and health service models and exploring patient's experiences of using medicines. My research seeks to improve patient and public health in the light of contemporary health care reforms. More recent and developing interests are global health professional education and human resources for health, working in partnership with WHO, UNESCO and the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). I have extensive research leadership experience within pharmacy and across a number of health, education and social science disciplines. I seek to combine in depth qualitative and ethnographic methodologies with the practical demands of producing timely and formative research outcomes that can inform and change practice and policy.

Current Research

  • People's experiences of using of medicines.
  • Pharmacy education development and pharmacy workforce.
  • Medicines at the end of life
  • Pharmacy services e.g immunisation, services for cancer survivors, osteoporosis,

FIPEd Workforce Development Hub

Work with the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), WHO and UNESCO on a major project about pharmacy education. .For our publications please see . We aim to develop an acceptable global framework for the strategic enhancement of pharmacy education, particularly in the global south. This framework will address pre-service and continuing education and encompass a vision for pharmacy education that moves towards a global competence framework in order for pharmacist practitioners to meet the health, development and workforce needs of individual countries in line with the millennium development goals. We are currently working on case studies on the development of pharmacy education in Nigeria and Kenya.

Previous work of note

  • Evaluation of NHS England Clinical pharmacists in general practice pilot
  • Lead the substantial qualitative research on a major four year HTA project, completed in 2011, evaluating patient reporting of adverse drug reactions to the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.
  • NIHR funded studies on people's experiences of taking antidepressants for output see
  • Programme of work on the evidence base for the role of the pharmacist in improving the health of the public for the Department of Health and Royal Pharmaceutical Society was used to inform policy in the pharmacy white paper, Building the Future, the Choosing Health white paper and the accompanying report, Choosing Health through Pharmacy.
  • Evaluation of supplementary prescribing by nurses and pharmacists for the NHS Policy Unit.
  • Nottingham lead for the community pharmacy medicines management project. Work on the role of the pharmacist in sexual health particularly the sale and supply of contraception from community pharmacy.

PhD students

My PhD Students are researching pharmacy education in Nigeria, New models of care, the implementation of new pharmacy services, pharmacist communication,organisational boundaries, professionalism and employability. As most of my PhD students are cross disciplinary, use mixed methods and are co-supervised by someone from a different discipline supervision is a collaborative process. Students and the supervisor agreeing on a mutually interesting project.

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