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Natalie Lewis

Natalie Lewis

Hospital Teaching Practitioner

Aston Pharmacy School

Profile

I was overjoyed to return to Aston University in 2008 as a teacher practitioner, it having been a home to me during my time as an undergraduate on the MPharm program.

Before this post, I received extensive training in all areas of clinical pharmacy at City Hospital Birmingham where I also undertook my clinical diploma.

I still practice as a senior pharmacist within Cardiology at the Queen Elizabeth Birmingham where I am also part of the Pharmacy Education and Training team.

I have enjoyed continuing my education and am currently conducting research within the field of Pharmacy Education for a Doctorate of Pharmacy.

Teaching Activity on the MPharm Programme

I contribute to the clinical teaching in all years of the undergraduate program and the ongoing development and alignment of the hospital experience sessions and other clinical teaching.

Qualifications & Education

  • Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) First Class Honours, Aston University, 2004
  • Ian Walker Prize for Excellence in Pharmaceutics, Aston University, 2004
  • Entrance on to the register of Pharmacists, 2005
  • Diploma of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Bath, 2008
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice – Higher Education and Research, Aston University, 2011

Employment 

  • 2008 – to date: Senior Pharmacist – Teacher Practitioner, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Aston University
  • 2006 - 2008: Surgical Services Pharmacist, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
  • 2005 – 2006: Basic Grade Pharmacist, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
  • 2004 – 2005: Pre-registration Pharmacist, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.

Teaching activity 

I contribute to the clinical teaching in all years of the undergraduate program and the ongoing development and alignment of the hospital experience sessions and other clinical teaching.

The module in which I have the greatest input is the final year clinical module, PH4703 where along with the other members of the teacher practitioner team I develop case scenarios for teaching and assessment.

In addition to teaching at Aston University, I also support students with hospital pre-registration applications through lectures, individual appointments and written materials.

Research interests 

I am involved in all pharmacy undergraduate research projects based at University Hospitals Birmingham. At the hospital I am part of the Pharmacy Research Group where I am responsible for developing and delivering the yearly research strategy in line with the needs of the trust.

I also undertake educational research projects to evidence further developments in the MPharm course, as it changes to meet the expanding skill set of the modern pharmacist.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • General Pharmaceutical Council, Practicing Member
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow

Selected publications

Presented to the Pharmacy Education Conference, Manchester, 2014

  • Introducing Hospital Pharmacy: An innovative approach
  • Summer Vacation Placements – creating internships that work
  • Ward Engagement Study: a teaching strategy to enhance pharmacy Students’ integration into the ward environment

 

Published as poster and abstract at European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy, Lisbon, 2011:

  • An investigative study into the threshold process of “clinical decision making” within the final year MPharm degree (sole author)
  • Clinical Decision Making Skills: A novel approach to final year undergraduate teaching. (in conjunction with J.Hughes, L.Paskin and D.Kemp)
  • Perception Testing: A tool for assessing shifts in clinical thinking (sole author).

 

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research