Dr Naoko Arakawa obtained her Bachelor in Pharmacy from the Meiji Pharmaceutical University, Japan, and became a registered pharmacist in Japan in 2002. Dr Arakawa worked as a pharmacist for a general hospital for 7 years and a community pharmacy for 1 year and 3 months. She moved to the UK for her postgraduate study in 2010 and obtained Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy, International Practice and Policy with distinction from the School of Pharmacy, University of London in 2011. She completed her PhD at the University College London School of Pharmacy in 2016, and her thesis was entitled 'Global Pharmacy: A Comparative Exploration and Analysis of Initial Professional Education'. Dr Arakawa undertook a role of the International Lead at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for UK-Japan collaborative programme, and is currently Assistant Professor in International Pharmacy at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham. Dr Arakawa is also an elected Executive Committee member of the Academic Pharmacy Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), and a global lead for Competency Development of the Workforce Development Hub, FIP.
Dr Arakawa's research interests focus on developing and evaluating needs-based pharmacy practice and workforce development in a global perspective for assisting the improvement of patients' and… read more
Dr Arakawa's research interests focus on developing and evaluating needs-based pharmacy practice and workforce development in a global perspective for assisting the improvement of patients' and public health. This extends global public health practices and policies. Dr Arakawa employs both quantitative and qualitative methods in her research, to seek practical outcomes that can inform and change the practice and policy for better health outcomes in patients, nationally and internationally.
She is currently undertaking the research in: the development of competency frameworks for pharmacists in Japan; a comparative policy review in pharmacy between England, Scotland, Wales and Japan; and an exploratory study in pharmacy practice in anti-doping after the Olympic and Paralympic Game.
Research projects that Dr Arakawa conducted include:
- Students' Learning Experiences in Pharmacy: Global Perspective
- An International Comparison of Pharmacy Curricula
- Global Pharmacy Education: An Exploratory Study on Multiple Aspects in Quality (the part of study was published as a FIPEd Technical Report: http://www.fip.org/files/fip/FIPEd_Global_Education_Report_2013.pdf)
- Case studies in Pharmacy Workforce Development in Japan (the part of the FIPEd Technical Report: http://fip.org/publications#FIP-Education)