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Research interests

The focus of my research is pharmacy practice; in the areas of Falsified Medicines, community pharmacy services, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and misuse and abuse of over-the-counter medicines.
I use a variety of data sources (e.g. cross-sectional or epidemiological databases) to describe current practice (e.g. through text, maps, statistics and discourse) to consider ways in which patient care and safety could be improved.

Supervisory Interests

I supervise students across a range of pharmacy practice research interests, including MPharm, MRes, MSc and PhD.

Scholarly biography

I graduated with an MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy degree from the University of Portsmouth and completed my pre-registration at Southampton General Hospital, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). I completed MSc Finance at Grenoble Graduate School of Business within Grenoble Ecole de Management. After seven years of community pharmacy practice, I returned to secondary care as a Clinical Trial’s Pharmacist. I have been an academic part-time since 2010-11 and full-time since 2014-15. I have taught in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Portsmouth, University College London and University of Brighton and have been teaching at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School since 2018-19.

Knowledge exchange

In my ‘outside the university’ role as a NHS research ethics expert committee member (for the last five years), I have reviewed UK-wide trials and provided my committee with technical advice to make a final judgement on the ethical approval of running the studies in the UK and what this means for the rights, safety, dignity and confidentiality of participants. I was the lead reviewer in the UK for the ramdesivier trial which is the only drug that has been licensed for use in the COVID-19 pandemic globally. I have been a NHS Research Ethics Committee Member since Nov 2015 and have personally reviewed over 50+ studies (40+ being Clinical Trials of an Investigational Medicinal Product (CTIMP) or device) as the lead or second reviewer, within the 200+ studies reviewed by the whole committee.


Collaborative research with Dr. James Hodgkinson at the Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

Paper: Quality evaluation of community pharmacy blood pressure (BP) screening services: an English cross-sectional survey with geospatial analysis.

Citation: Barrett R, Hodgkinson JQuality evaluation of community pharmacy blood pressure (BP) screening services: an English cross-sectional survey with geospatial analysisBMJ Open 2019;9:e032342. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032342

Approach to teaching

Much of my teaching is in Pharmacy Practice, on The Masters of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree programme, Overseas (non-EEA) Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP) as well as MSc Pharmacy courses. I also teach on the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) course within Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS).

I have taken and passed the UK registration exams (2005) and the Competency Assessment of Overseas Pharmacist (CAOP, Stream B) exam set by the Australian Pharmacy Council (2012). This personal experience helps me completely understand the student perspective and the student journey through the university's life course with respect to Pharmacy.

I try to teach in ways that promotes active connections between the fundamental sciences and impact on patient care. I use technology in my teaching to aid blended learning, real-time capture and interactive teaching.


Education/Academic qualification

Master, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France

Award Date: 1 Jul 2012

Master, University of Portsmouth

Award Date: 1 Jul 2005

External positions

Visiting Researcher, University of Portsmouth

1 Sep 20191 Sep 2021

Expert committee member

30 Nov 2001 → …


  • RS Pharmacy and materia medica
  • RZ Other systems of medicine
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine


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