Time to talk – break the silence around mental health

‘Time to talk’ stand put up by the students

Teacher practitioner, Mona Qasim (centre) and the Mental Health champions

A group of M(Pharm) worked with our mental health specialist teacher practitioner, Mona Qasim, to put up a fantastic stand about Mental Health illness following the Time to Talk Day. Students raised awareness by providing information and talking to people about mental health issues right here on campus. A special thanks and big well done to all those involved.

Presentations from RSOP at HSRPP 2018

Pharmacy practice based PhD researchers, Hamza Alhamad, Ali Dhobia and Flavia Ghouri, will be attending the upcoming Health Services Research and Pharmacy Practice Conference (HSRPP) in April 2018. Hamza will be delivering an oral presentation titled on the beliefs and intentions of UK patients towards the reuse of medicines. Ali will be presenting a poster on the use of benzodiazepines in Saudi Arabia and Flavia will be presenting a poster and a PechaKucha style presentation reviewing non-antibiotic measures for the prevention of urinary tract infections in pregnancy.


Research news on Junction 11 student radio

Just Another Science Show hosts Chanida Fung (left) and Matt Greenwell (right) with guest Flavia Ghouri (center).

Just Another Science Show is a new programme on Junction 11 Radio, the university’s very own student led radio station. It is hosted by PhD researchers Matt Greenwell and Chanida Fung from the School of Biological Sciences. The first guest on the show was Flavia Ghouri, Graduate Teaching Assistant in pharmacy practice, who talked about her career and her research on exploring patient attitudes and prescribing of antibiotics in pregnancy. Follow @justanothersci on Twitter to hear and find out more.

PhD success: study of sustainability and medicines waste

Hamza (centre) with his supervisors, Dr Parastou Donyai and Nilish Patel (left), and examiners, Prof Charles Morecroft and Prof Helen Osborn (right).

Many congratulations to Hamza Alhamad for successfully passing his viva with minor corrections. Hamza’s thesis investigates public attitudes towards the reuse of medicines returned to community pharmacies. The study was undertaken in two phases and employed both qualitative and quantitative
methods. The examiners report emphasized the good standard of the thesis which detailed an appropriate body of work for the award of a PhD.
The examiners were also pleased to see that a paper had already been published by the candidate and his PhD supervisors, Dr Parastou Donyai and Dr Nilesh Paterl, in the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice.


Alhamad H, Patel N, Donyai P. How do people conceptualise the reuse of medicines? An interview study. Int J Pharm Pract. 2017. doi: 10.1111/ijpp.12391