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Mrs Karen Pitchford

Job: Principal Lecturer

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: Leicester School of Pharmacy

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 250 6038

E: KPitchford@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/pharmacy

 

Personal profile

Karen Pitchford registered as a pharmacist in 1993, having studied pharmacy at the University of Manchester.  For the early part of her career, she worked as a community pharmacist and a GP practice based pharmacist before taking up a teacher practitioner post with Lloydspharmacy and Liverpool John Moores University.  She joined the Leicester School of Pharmacy in 2002 where she teaches Pharmacy Practice and primarily Pharmacy Law and Ethics.

Karen has held various positions of responsibility within the School and has been the MPharm Admissions Tutor, then the MPharm Programme Leader and is now the MPharm Programme Management Board Chair and the Deputy Academic Practice Officer for the Leicester School of Pharmacy.

Karen has a particular interest in the quality of Pharmacy education and is a member both of the General Pharmaceutical Council’s Accreditation and Recognition panel and of the Board of Assessors.

Karen was a contributing author to the 10th edition of Dale and Appelbe’s Pharmacy and Medicines Law and will be co-editor of the 11th edition of the text.

Research group affiliations

  • Pharmacy Practice

Publications and outputs 

  • Pitchford, K (2013) Human medicines: scope of regulation
  • In Appelbe, G. E. & Wingfield, J. (eds.) Dale and Appelbe's Pharmacy and Medicines Law. 10 ed. London: Pharmaceutical Press. pp. 21 - 38
  • Pitchford, K (2013) Human medicines: Pharmacy Medicines
  • In Appelbe, G. E. & Wingfield, J. (eds.) Dale and Appelbe's Pharmacy and Medicines Law. 10 ed. London: Pharmaceutical Press. pp. 83 - 88
  • Pitchford, K (2013) Human medicines: General Sale Medicines
  • In Appelbe, G. E. & Wingfield, J. (eds.) Dale and Appelbe's Pharmacy and Medicines Law. 10 ed. London: Pharmaceutical Press. pp. 89 - 94
  • Pitchford, K (2013) Human medicines: Prescription Only Medicines
  • In Appelbe, G. E. & Wingfield, J. (eds.) Dale and Appelbe's Pharmacy and Medicines Law. 10 ed. London: Pharmaceutical Press. pp. 95 - 116
  • Pitchford, K (2013) Poisons
  • In Appelbe, G. E. & Wingfield, J. (eds.) Dale and Appelbe's Pharmacy and Medicines Law. 10 ed. London: Pharmaceutical Press. pp. 245 - 258
  • Pitchford, K (2015) Poisons and chemicals: changes to the law in the UK. The Pharmaceutical Journal August 2015

Areas of teaching

  • Pharmacy Law
  • Healthcare Ethics
  • Pharmacy Practice Skills

Qualifications

  • BSc Hons (1992)
  • PGDip (Applied Health Studies 2008)

Courses taught

  • MPharm

Membership of external committees

  • Member of the General Pharmaceutical Council Accreditation and Recognition Panel (2012 – date)
  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Medicines, Ethics and Practice Advisory Group (2012 – date)
  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Education Forum (previously the Education Reference Group) (2011 - date)
  • Member of the General Pharmaceutical Council Board of Assessors (2009 - date)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Member of the Pharmacy Law and Ethics Association (2003 - date)
  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Academic Pharmacists Group (1998 -date)
  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (1993 - date)

Professional licences and certificates

  • Registrant of the General Pharmaceutical Council 

Consultancy work

  • University of Bradford: External Expert for the MPharm programme (2012 – date)

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