Our courses are written and delivered by staff at the forefront of Life and Health Sciences teaching and research. Many members of staff practise / have practised professionally. In the recent Teaching Excellence Framework assessment, Aston University was awarded Gold, the highest award possible. In addition, our courses are regularly reviewed by relevant professional experts.
Course Leadership in Psychiatric Pharmacy at Aston is delivered by established figures in the field of Mental Health Pharmacy, whose joint experience spans community, industrial and hospital practice and research excellence.
Course director Dr Ian Maidment has a broad pharmacy background, having spent periods in the pharmaceutical industry, the acute sector and community pharmacy. However, the majority of his career (20 years) has been within the mental health sector mainly as a clinical pharmacist. He has also been chief pharmacist in two NHS Mental Health Trusts and led medication management education in an NHS Trust.
He was awarded his PhD on medication error in dementia in 2013 and has a masters in research methods. He is a past chair of the UKPPG (UK Psychiatric Pharmacy Group) - predecessor organisation of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy, has advised the Department of Health and lectured widely on aspects of Mental Health Pharmacy. He has published approximately 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Hannah Macfarlane has worked in general hospital, community pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry and prison pharmacy posts but has been a specialist mental health role since 2006. Hannah achieved distinction in the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy and was awarded the Helen Tennant award for best overall student performance.
She is a credentialed member of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy and teaches regularly on behalf of the College. Hannah is a member of the College Council and has been a clinical tutor on the Psychiatric Pharmacy courses since 2011.