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Ms Helen Root

Job: Programme Leader for Pharmacy and Senior Lecturer 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)116 207 8112




Personal profile

Helen Root began her pharmacy career as a dispensing technician, before going on to study pharmacy at the University of Bradford and registering as a pharmacist in 2005, bringing over 25 years’ experience in community pharmacy to the department. She has worked as a community pharmacist, specialising in services such as anticoagulation testing and substance misuse before taking up the role of teacher practitioner for Boots Pharmacy at De Montfort University. She joined the Leicester School of Pharmacy full time in 2013 where she teaches Pharmacy Practice and with a special interest in Pharmacy law and ethics.

Helen has held various roles of responsibility within the school, including MPharm Student Voice Chair, MPharm Employability Champion and Pharmacy Admissions Tutor. She is currently the Programme Leader for the Pharmacy undergraduate programme (MPharm) and a Fitness to Practise Investigator for Health and Life Sciences. She is an also a member of the School Teaching and Learning Group (SLTG) where she has an interest in active learning teaching methods.

Having a keen interest in pharmacy careers and post-graduate education, Helen has led on a variety of projects linked to employability, including pre-registration training support the development of an annual pharmacy careers event, which continues to attracts major pharmacy employers and key leaders in the profession. She also worked as a local events tutor for the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) who provide continuing professional development for pharmacy teams. She was also the chair for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Local Pharmacy Forum for the Leicestershire area.

Helen is a contributing author to the 11th edition of Dale and Appelbe’s Pharmacy and Medicines Law.

Research group affiliations

  • Pharmacy Law, Ethics and Practice
  • School Teaching and Learning Group

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Research interests/expertise

  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Pharmacy Education

Areas of teaching

  • Pharmacy Law
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Public Health


  • MPharm (2004)
  • PGCertHE (2014)
  • FHEA (2014)

Courses taught

  • MPharm
  • NMP, Pharmacology and Therapeutics for prescribers (2013 – 2017)

Honours and awards

  • Vice Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service to DMU (2017)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Member of PLEA (Pharmacy Law and Ethics Association) (2014 – date)
  • Member of Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britian (2005 – date)

Professional licences and certificates

  • Registrant of the General Pharmaceutical Council

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Consultancy work

  • Designer and writer of the pre-registration training programme for a pharmacy training provider, Scientia Skills Limited.