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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.


External Activities

  • 2010-date Referee for NIHR RfPB program.
  • 2009-date Referee for International Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics.
  • 2009-date Member of the Health Services Research in Pharmacy Practice Conference Organising Committee (Conference lead for 2011 at UEA)
  • 2005-date Membership of the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association 2003-date Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

Research Group 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)


Medication review; development of pharmacist consultation skills; health services research in primary and secondary care involving medicines management.

Areas Of Expertise


Administrative Posts

  • Director of Learning and Teaching
  • Director of Employability


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