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Research interests


The focus of my research is pharmacy practice; as it is represented in culture, as it is practiced in the areas of Falsified Medicines, community pharmacy Blood Pressure (BP) screening services, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and misuse and abuse of over-the-counter medicines.

I use cross-sectional research methods to describe current practice and 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, MSc and

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

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 with some teaching at the School of Medicine and related disciplines such as pharmacology, ethics and professional practice.  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.

External positions

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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Research Output

  • 8 Other contribution
  • 4 Article
  • 3 Abstract
  • 1 Review article
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    An evaluation of community pharmacist perception of the misuse and abuse of over-the-counter co-codamol in Cornwall and Devon, UK: a cross-sectional survey

    Barrett, R. & Cosa, D., 21 Feb 2018, In : Heroin Addiction And Related Clinical Problems. 20, N5, p. 5-9 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access