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Dr Peter Rivers

Job: Reader in Pharmacy Practice

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: Leicester School of Pharmacy

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

T: +44 (0)116 257 7039

E: privers@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/hls


Personal profile

Dr Rivers's particular interests relate to the use of medicines at the interface between health and social care, especially in care homes (residential or nursing) and at the interface between primary and secondary care. He is dedicated to developing a patient-centred focus for the pharmacy profession in both the community and in secondary care.

He is very interested in the complex problems associated with medication-taking behaviour and the need to address medicines adherence in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of medication. From a methodological perspective, he has experience in evaluating health services, especially with regard to taking an ‘action research’ approach where ‘real time’ evaluation is conducted within on-going working environments.

Dr Rivers is familiar with both quantitative (eg Likert-style scales) and qualitative methods such as in-depth interviewing and focus groups. He has led postgraduate courses in health and social research methods and currently teaches research methods to MPharm students and supervises project work.

Research interests/expertise

  • Interface between health and social care, especially in relation to use of medicines and medicines management
  • Patient-centred pharmacy services and community pharmacy new (2006) contract
  • Medicine-taking behaviour, including adherence and measurement of adherence (e.g. Medication Event Monitoring, Dried Blood Spot analysis).


BSc (Pharmacy), MSc (Pharmacotherapeutics), PhD, MRPharmS.

Courses taught

  • MSc Research Methods for Health and Social Care professionals
  • MSc Primary Care Studies (both ex University of Derby)
  • MPharm at School of Pharmacy, De Montfort University
  • MSc in Clinical Pharmacy, De Montfort University

Membership of external committees

Member of Quality and Standards Committee for the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education.

Membership of professional associations and societies

Member of Royal Pharmaceutical Society 1976 to date

Member of UK Clinical Pharmacy Association 1981 to approx 2000. Then June 2008 to present day.

Conference attendance

Kemp A, Rivers P and Buttery A. Paper presented by P Rivers at the centre for Interprofessional Education and Learning Conference held on Tuesday 20 July 2010, University of Nottingham. Title: ‘Interprofessional Acute Ward Care Advanced Simulation Training for pre-registration pharmacists – self perception of competence, confidence and communication skills’

Rivers P H Leader of Workshop entitled ‘ How to do Practice Research without realising’. Inaugural ‘Launch’ of Leicester, Northamptonshire and Rutland Local Pharmacy Forum. 18 September 2010.

Rivers P. Dale J, Winter C.  East Midlands Regional Innovation EXPO Conference on 29 November 2010.  Sandiacre, Notts.  Invited to attend as a finalist in the July 2010 Regional Innovation Fund competition.  Title: Enhancing access to primary care: promoting effective use of community pharmacy services for minor self-limiting conditions through the innovative use of clinical decision support software.

Rivers P, Johnson M and Lakhani N. (2011) Evaluation of a Pharmacy First Minor Ailment Scheme: ‘real world’ experience of community pharmacists, GPs and practice staff. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 19: (Suppl 2) 26. (Verbal Presentation AT RPS conference on 12 Sept)

Rivers P, Kavia K and Seedat S. (2011). The perceived value and effectiveness of Monitored Dosage System (MDS) dispensed for domiciliary use by hospital and community pharmacies. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 19: (Suppl 2) 40. (Poster Presentation AT RPS conference on 11 and 12 Sept)

Mawji G and Rivers P (2011). Attitudes of parents and pharmacy staff to the Medicines and Health Care Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA guidance on the treatment of children aged under six with cough medicines. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 19: (Suppl 2) 49.  (Poster presentation at the RPS conference on 11 and 12 Sept).

Key research outputs

Principal Investigator for ‘ Evaluation of the Pharmacy First Minor Ailments Scheme in Leicester’ (January, 2011) by the Mary Seacole Research Centre.

Consultancy work

  • Member of a Working Party of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain to produce a report entitled 'Administration and Control of Medicines in Residential Homes (1988).
  • Invited to be author and joint editor for a Self-Learning Package for Community Pharmacists in England and Wales entitled : ‘Training in the provision of a pharmaceutical service to residential homes’ (1989).
  • Author of an advisory booklet entitled ‘Managing your Medicines’ on behalf of Help and Aged and endorsed by the Primary and Community Care Pharmacy Network (PCCPN) 1994. Revised and reprinted in August 2003 and still in circulation.
  • Co-author, with Jon Waterfield, of a book entitled 'Fundamental Aspects of Medicines' published by Quay Books (ISBN-10:1856424375, in press)

Current research students

Mentoring Phyllis Naviti who has enrolled on the Doctor of Health Science Programme. Dr Rivers will supervise her final year project

Externally funded research grants information

Evaluation of Pharmacy First Minor Ailment Scheme in Leicester City. Commissioned to Mary Seacole Centre by Leicester City PCT. Start: January 2009 end September 2010. Chief Investigator since January 2010.

Patient adherence in the treatment of breast cancer: literature review and pilot interviews as a prelude to a programme of field research among patients (BRECAD-MED (P019). Awarded an unrestricted educational grant of E30,000 from Novartis (Switzerland). Start date: February 2012 end date: November 2012.

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