Our Scientific Advisory Panel

The Scientific Advisory Panel was established to advise the Board of Trustees on the development of Pharmacy Research UK’s research grant giving strategy and policies. It also provides an independent review of proposals for research funding and makes recommendations to the Trustees for the allocation of research funds.

In addition, the Scientific Advisory Panel oversees the processes for timely monitoring and reporting of funded research activity. The Terms of Reference for the Scientific Advisory Panel and  Conflicts of Interest Policy are available to download. 

Professor Rachel Elliott (Chair)

Professor of Health Economics, University of Manchester

Rachel Elliott trained as an industrial pharmacist and was one of the first critical care specialist pharmacists in the UK, gaining a Department of Health funded PhD in health economics. Based at the University of Manchester’s School of Pharmacy, Rachel taught as a senior clinical lecturer from 1996 to 2007 before becoming Lord Trent Professor of Medicines and Health at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham (2007-2016). In 2004, she won a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship to Harvard Medical School, working with Professor Stephen Soumerai. A member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Appraisal Committee, and an elected member of the Health Services Research Network (HSRN) Executive Board, Rachel’s research focus is the application of applied health economics and economic evaluation to medicines policy, prescribing and consumption. Specific themes are the economics of medicines adherence and safety, and the use of large administrative databases in investigating these themes. Her research has been published in leading journals including the BMJ, Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine and has supported the commissioning of evidence-based services in the NHS. Rachel combines clinical, industrial, academic and policy experience with excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and course design. She has particular expertise in health economics, pharmacy, medicines-related health policy, RCTs of complex interventions and evidence synthesis, and aims to provide an effective and informed interface between the academic health services research community, NHS primary and secondary care providers, policy-makers and research commissioners.

Sylvia D Bailey

Sylvia D Bailey has a background in primary care management in Walsall and Birmingham, and served as a Non-Executive Director on the Walsall Manor Health Authority and Walsall Community Health Council. She has been a Lay Governor of a Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Mental Health) and is a board member of Healthwatch Walsall. She has also co-ordinated the setup of patient focus groups with a keen interest in health care delivery and embracing diversity and equality.

Since retiring she has become Chair of her own practice’s patient group, and became a member of the Walsall Patient and Public Liaison Group (PPLG). She is involved with various health research reviewing panels including The School for Primary Care Research Funding Panel, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), and, as a cancer survivor herself, Cancer Research UK.

Through her experience of being a patient, Sylvia has seen the huge role that Pharmacy plays in any patient journey.  As part of the PRUK Scientific Advisory Panel she is looking forward to ensuring patient outcomes, patient benefit, and crucially that patient and public involvement are at the heart of the relevant research proposals. As a lay member of the panel she is eager to work collaboratively with the academic members of the panel to give a diverse perspective to the proposal reviews.

Rebecca Harmston

I am a parent of two school aged children and a frequent user of local pharmacy services for both advice about my families help and medicines. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease 13 years ago and arthritis a few years later. I used to be a scientist and have worked at both Cancer Research UK and Cambridge University.

Due to long term illness I decided to become a stay at home parent but wanted to keep my mind active and maintain my interest in science so I became involved in health research. I have over seven years of patient involvement in research experience and am currently involved in over thirty medical projects or committees all over England and Wales. I have been involved in pharmacy research studies including one looking at the role of pharmacists in an urgent care setting.

I am a lay member on a number of grant funding panels including Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB), The NIHR Health Technology Assessment Panel, the All Wales Research Panel (AWRP) and also the RfPBB in Wales. My main interests are making sure that patients understand study information sheets, reviewing grant applications and helping academic researchers write clear grant applications or study proposals.

I see my role on the committee as providing PRUK with a patient perspective on pharmacy research and grant applications and am happy to advise any researchers on patient involvement in their studies.

Dr Debi Bhattacharya

Senior Lecturer in Health Services, University of East Anglia

Debi is a Senior Lecturer in pharmacy practice at the University of East Anglia.  Her research expertise is the use of health psychology theory to inform behaviour change.  She has a track record of applying theory to guide intervention development and implementation, however, her main research interests are medication adherence and health literacy.  She teaches advanced consultation skills on the UEA pharmacist diploma and non-medical prescribing programmes.  As a GP practice based pharmacist, Debi also teaches clinical pharmacy on the MPharm programme. Debi is the director of the pharmacist non-medical prescribing programme at UEA and is also the research lead for the medicines management team. She is an editorial board member of the journal ‘Patient Preference and Adherence’.  In her spare time Debi is the chair of the Eastern region of the RPS and works as a practice based pharmacist.

Dr Adam Todd

Reader in Pharmaceutical Public Health

Adam Todd is a Reader in Pharmaceutical Public Health, and Deputy Head of the School of Pharmacy at Newcastle University. He is a qualified pharmacist registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council, and a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.  He was previously a Senior Lecturer at Durham University where he held the roles of MPharm Programme Director, Director of Education, and Deputy Director of the Centre of Health and Inequalities Research (CHIR).

Adam is actively involved in delivering the MPharm Programme at Newcastle; he approaches pharmacy education in an integrated way, and combines both science and practice elements in his teaching. Using this integrated approach, Adam has published two international books focusing on antibacterial and anticancer therapeutics.

Professor Christine Bond

Chair in General Practice & Primary Care, University of Aberdeen

Professor Christine Bond (BPharm (Hons.), MEd, PhD, FRPharmS, FFPH FRCPE) is Professor of Primary Care (Pharmacy) and Head of Centre of Academic Primary Care, University of Aberdeen. Until recently she was a part time Consultant in Pharmaceutical Public Health (NHS Grampian). She has been awarded over 100 grants and has over 200 publications relating to a  large portfolio of pharmacy practice research in the contribution of pharmacy to the evidence based cost effective use of medicines (prescribed and ‘OTC’), drug misuse, the community pharmacist-general practitioner interface and the wider health care agenda. She is Editor of the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, she served as an elected member of the Scottish Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) for 10 years until summer 2009, she has served on several national Research Panels e.g. the Health Service Research Committee of the Scottish Office, the MRC College of Experts, the RPSGB Pharmacy Practice Research Trust Award panel, the Health Services and Pharmacy Practice Conference Panel. She is deputy chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain Expert Advisory Panel for Science. In 2010 she was awarded the Pharmas Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr Jo Taylor

Lecturer in Applied Health Research

Dr Jo Taylor is a Lecturer in Applied Health Research with the Public Health and Society Research Group at the University of York’s Department of Health Sciences.

Jo is also a member of the inter-disciplinary Martin House Research Centre, which conducts research to improve the care and support for children and young people with palliative care needs and medical complexity.

Jo is a social scientist with a background in social policy and applied health sciences. Her research focuses on the management of medical complexity and multi-morbidity, treatment decision-making and patient self-management. Jo has worked on a number of large inter-disciplinary programmes of research, primarily leading qualitative and mixed methods studies within these. She has significant experience in conducting primary research with hard to reach populations.

Professor Carmel Hughes

Professor of Pharmaceutical Science and Practice, Queen's University Belfast

Carmel Hughes is Professor of Primary Care Pharmacy and Director of Research (Pharmaceutical Sciences and Practice Cluster) at the School of Pharmacy at Queen’s University Belfast.  She is also joint Clinical Lead for the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network for Primary Care.  She was the first pharmacist to be awarded a Harkness Fellowship in Primary Care Pharmacy and is the only pharmacist to have received a National Primary Care Career Scientist Award.  She was awarded the British Pharmaceutical Conference Practice Research Medal in 2001.  Her research interests lie in rational prescribing, long-term for older people and evidence-based medicine.

Dr Douglas Steinke

Senior Lecturer of Pharmacoepidemiology, University of Manchester

Dr Steinke is a pharmacoepidemiologist and health services researcher at the University of Manchester’s Division of Pharmacy and Optometry.  Dr Steinke studied pharmacy at the University of Manitoba, Canada and practiced in many different areas of pharmacy before becoming a researcher.  After completing an MSc in Epidemiology and Community Health at Queen’s University, Canada, he moved to Dundee, Scotland to complete a PhD in Pharmacoepidemiology.  Douglas has worked at NHS Scotland Information Services before entering academia at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, USA.  He moved to the University of Manchester as a Senior Lecturer.  He teaches on the MPharm and postgraduate programme, supervises PhD students and undertakes research in chronic disease drug epidemiology.

Professor Kristian Pollock

Professor of Medical Sociology

Kristian is Professor of Medical Sociology at the Nottingham Centre for the Advancement of Research into Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care (NCARE). She studied social anthropology at the universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge, and completed a PGCHE at Keele University in 2007. She has carried qualitative research in a wide range of health service settings, often involving sensitive topics and vulnerable populations and has experience of undertaking observation, interviews, focus groups, and case studies as well as mixed methods research.

Kristian’s research interests centre on the study of death in society, including public attitudes towards, and patient experience of, death and dying, place of death, Advance Care Planning, medicines management and dementia. She is also interested in communication between patients and health professionals in medical consultations.