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Areas of Expertise

Medication adherence, chemical sciences, clinical pharmacy, pharmacy, therapeutics, medication review, development of pharmacist consultation skills, health services research in primary and secondary care involving medicines management.

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James is part of the Medicines Management Team, his research focuses on medicines management for older people and the developing the role of the pharmacist. More specifically, he has evaluated services designed to improve patient medication adherence and investigated the concept of concordance. He is interested in developing novel methods to support medicines management in care homes and developing pharmacist communication skills.


2008-date Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia
2004-date Locum Community Pharmacist
2004-2008 Norfolk Primary Care Trust
2004-2008 PhD, School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia
2003-2004 Pharmacy Manager, Superdrug PLC
1999-2003 MPharm, School of Pharmacy, University of Bradford

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in PHA. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

Postdocs & Fellows

I am always happy to discuss possibilities for postdoctoral work and collaborations.


Research Group or Lab Membership

Ahmed Al-Nagar

Development of pharmacist consultation skills

I am a UK qualified pharmacist who graduated in 2009 from a pharmacy programme run jointly by both Kingston University and St George's, University of London. I am currently studying my PhD with a topic of “Development of pharmacist consultation skills”. This PhD will explore the current provision of pharmacists’ consultations and look to develop and evaluate new techniques to improve their consultation skills. My other research interests include human memory formation, anticoagulation therapy, and dispensing robots.

Emma Kirkham

What is the role of lithium monitoring?

I am a clinical pharmacist who graduated from the University of Bath in 2007 and qualified in 2008 before going on to work in hospital pharmacy specialising in mental health. I have over three years’ experience in this field working in London in a range of specialist services including eating disorders, addiction services, rehab, forensic and child and adolescent mental health services. 

I joined the medicines management group at UEA in April 2012 in order to study for my PhD which focuses on a unique lithium database held by NSFT. I will be looking at the data held on the database to review the role of lithium monitoring as well as expanding into a service evaluation to determine patient perceptions of their lithium management.


Previous members: 

Khaled Al-Motlaq (2009-2012)
Michael Twigg (2009-2012)
Julie Houghton (2010-2013)
Jeremy Sokhi (2010-2014)

Administrative Posts

  • Director of Learning and Teaching
  • Director of Employability

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia

… → 2008

Master of Pharmacy, University of Bradford

… → 2003


  • Pharmacy
  • Medicines Management
  • Pharmacist
  • Care Homes
  • Health Services Research
  • Adherence
  • Consultations Skills
  • Medication review

Media Expertise

  • Pharmacy
  • Chemistry
  • Medicine

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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