Claire May
20182019

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Approach to teaching

I teach a wide variety of students from undergraduate pharmacy and medical students to postgraduate students wishing to become independent prescribers. The focus of my teaching is to take the theory and put it into practice using my experience as a practicing pharmacist. I try to achieve this through a ranging of teaching activities including small group teaching where we take problems and work through them together and student engagement using quick fire questions in larger groups.

Research interests

My research interests are mainly focused on drugs in sport, sexual health and substance misuse . My first award was just over £13, 000 from Pharmacy Research UK to undertake a systematic review of the literature currently available, in order to establish whether or not there are identified modifiable patient factors that are known to influence adherence to oral contraceptives. The Brighton and Hove Council sexual health commissioners have used this document whilst reviewing local services. More recently in 2020 I was awarded ~£15000 by Health Education England for research into"Understanding the preparation for independent prescribing skills in current early career and undergraduate pharmacists: A qualitative, interview study (South East of England perspective)"

Scholarly biography

I graduated from University of Brighton in 2001 and started my pharmacy career in community pharmacy. Since Then I have had vast experience working as a prescribing advisor across the South East (2004-2011) and then gaining my prescribing qualification in 2007. I have utilised the skills that I gained through my post-graduate qualifications, which include PGDip in Community Pharmaceutical Healthcare and PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher education, to develop postgraduate pharmacy provision in response to local, regional and national initiatives. This has been carried out in association with relevant stakeholders, such as the local Clinical Commission Groups, practicing pharmacists, Joint Programme Board and Health Education Kent Surrey Sussex and Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education e.g. Sexual Health provision, non-medical prescribing.

I am a keen advocate for the progression of pharmacy within the healthcare team and I am a member of various local/regional professional groups include the RPS Sussex, Surrey and Sussex Local Professional Network for Pharmacy and HEKSS Safe Prescribing Committee. In 2021 I was awarded Fellowship of the RPS, in recognotion of my contributions to the profession. I have been instrumental in creating a core focus on career progression for the undergraduates from day one of their course right through to a life-long learning ethos with the graduates of UoB.

External positions

Senior Lecturer, University of Sussex

4 Jan 20201 Feb 2022

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