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.

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.

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.

Professor Richard Holland

MB BS Course Director and Professor of Public Health Medicine, University of East Anglia

Professor Richard Holland trained in medicine at Cambridge and Oxford. After qualifying he worked in both paediatrics and then anaesthetics, before moving in to academic public health.  He has worked at UEA since 1999, first as a lecturer in public health, then gaining a fellowship with the Medical Research Council to investigate home based medication review by pharmacists in older people. His research interests are diverse, but principally involve clinical trials in pharmacy practice and substance misuse.

In addition to his research interests he has had the honour of leading Norwich Medical School’s MB BS course since 2008. He is a Public Health doctor and health services researcher with a strong interest in medical education.  He believes passionately in working to improve the UEA’s exciting and ambitious undergraduate medical course, to ensure that it continues to produce the very best and most able junior doctors.

Professor Alison Blenkinsopp

Professor of the Practice of Pharmacy, University of Bradford

Alison is a health services researcher and registered pharmacist, currently Professor of the Practice of Pharmacy at University of Bradford’s School of Pharmacy. She was Founder Director of the NHS Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education for England prior to joining Keele University’s Medicines Management unit where she was awarded a Personal Chair in 1999.

Her research interests focus on improving medicines management through practice and policy development. She has investigated the implementation and effectiveness of community pharmacy services and evaluated new models of care including non-medical prescribing by nurses and pharmacists. She is currently researching medicines management at transitions of care, working with a multi-disciplinary team of academics, clinicians and patients.