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Susan Allen

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: Leicester School of Pharmacy

Research group(s): Pharmacy Practice Research Group

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

T: +44 (0)116 207 8772




Personal profile

Graduated from Nottingham University in 1987 and undertook pharmacist preregistration training with Wyeth Laboratories and the Royal London Hospital. Upon registration worked at Hammersmith Hospital and after two years in hospital pharmacy moved to the community sector.

Interest in pharmacy education was fostered during two years as a Teacher Practitioner in the Brighton School of Pharmacy. This interest developed further during the following five years at Boots The Chemists head office as Clinical Tutor, with responsibilities including the preregistration programme and pharmacist distance learning. A clinical pharmacy diploma was obtained.

Work as a freelance writer and copywriter for 5 years in diverse areas from marketing to writing workshops and articles for wide ranging clients both within pharmacy and outside the sector gave another perspective on writing and learning. Interest in pharmacist development continued and in 2005 joined Leicester School of Pharmacy as a Senior Lecturer.

The innovator and developer of the web-based, individualised Skills Evaluation and Development program, iSED®which has been part of the current MPharm skills development programme since 2012.

iSED® has many potential applications and is currently used by: MPharm students in Years 1, 2 and 3 to facilitate their self-regulated skills development in responding to symptoms; and commercially for the evaluation and development of competence of community pharmacy teams. 

Personal and professional interest in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Mast Cell Activation Disorders.

Research group affiliations

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Research interests/expertise

  • Development of transferable communication skills in the pharmacy undergraduate.
  • Use of iSED® as a self-regulated learning tool for skills evaluation and development of competence.
  • Minor ailment management by the community pharmacist and the P medicines market and evaluation of competence using iSED®.
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility Type and its associated condition Mast Cell Activation Disorder.

Membership of professional associations and societies

General Pharmaceutical Council
Royal Pharmaceutical Society GB

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