Dr Ruth Edwards

Head of Pharmacy Practice and Senior Teaching Fellow
Dr Ruth Edwards
School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University, B4 7ET
Phone number: +44 (0) 121 204 4181
Email: r.edwards2@aston.ac.uk
Room number: MB433g

Social media    Twitter: @ruthedwards101
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/ruth-edwards-84a0713a
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1431-2772
 

I joined Aston Pharmacy School in August 2018, having spent the previous 22 years at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen during which time I contributed to undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy programmes (including Independent Pharmacist Prescribing).

On graduating from RGIT with a BSc in Pharmacy, I registered with the RPSGB in 1990 and began my career in community pharmacy. After a period in community pharmacy management, I joined RGU as a teacher practitioner with Lloydspharmacy and then became a Lecturer. In 2011, I was appointed as Senior Lecturer and held the position of RGU MPharm Course Leader until 2018. In addition to this, I have been a Local Pharmacy Postgraduate Tutor for NHS Education for Scotland, undertake regular locum work in community pharmacy and in 2012  joined the General Pharmaceutical Council Accreditation and Recognition Panel.

  • BSc (Hons) in Pharmacy, Robert Gordon Institute of Technology, Aberdeen, 1989
  • MSc in Clinical Pharmacy, Robert Gordon University, 2001
  • PgCert Tertiary Level Teaching, Robert Gordon University, 2001
  • Doctor of Education, University of Stirling, 2013
  • 2018 – date: Head of Pharmacy Practice and Senior Teaching Fellow, Aston University.
  • 2012 – date: Member of General Pharmaceutical Council Accreditation and Recognition Panel
  • 2012 – 2018: Senior Lecturer and MPharm Course Leader, Robert Gordon University.
  • 1999 – 2012: Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, Robert Gordon University.
  • 1996 – 1999: Lloydspharmacy Teacher Practitioner, Robert Gordon University
  • 1990 – 1996: Loydspharmacy Pharmacy Manager

 I contribute to teaching at undergraduate level in pharmacy practice in a broad range of areas and have had extensive experience at postgraduate level in development and delivery of Masters and Independent Pharmacist Prescribing programmes and research supervision.

My research interests centre on pharmacy education, teaching and learning and assessment, social and behavioural aspects of pharmacy including learning and development of consultation skills and reflective practice. My doctoral thesis is entitled ‘Opening the door on student learning: using artefacts to explore pharmacy students’ learning practices’.

NHS Education for Scotland – An evaluation of the modular pre-reg scheme. 2018 – date. £7.5K

PhD Supervision available to supervise PhD students in the field of pharmacy education.
Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (MRPharmS)

Faculty Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (FFRPS)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
Registrant of the General Pharmaceutical Council

EDWARDS, R.M., I’ANSON, J., 2019 (in press). Using artefacts and qualitative methodology to explore pharmacy students’ learning practices. American Journal of Pharmacy Education.

ARNOLD, A., STRATH, A., CAIRNS, D., EDWARDS, R., CUNNINGHAM, S., BROWN, A., 2018. Pharmacy students’ reflections on experiential learning focussed on the chronic medication service. Poster presented at 78th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Glasgow: FiP. 2-6 September 2018.

EDWARDS, R.M., 2018a. Breast Cancer and me: surviving. Pharmacy in Practice [online]. Available at https://pharmacyinpractice.scot/2018/02/28/dr-ruth-edwards-my-experience-of-being-diagnosed-with-breast-cancer-and-subsequent-treatment/  [Accessed 29 December 2018].

EDWARDS, R.M., 2018b. Breast Cancer and me … recovering. Pharmacy in Practice [online]. Available at  https://pharmacyinpractice.scot/2018/07/06/breast-cancer-and-me-recovering/  [Accessed 29 December 2018].

EDWARDS, R.M. and BROWN, A., 2018. Only Smarties have the answer!: supporting pharmacy undergraduates in understanding medicines taking behaviour. Poster presented at Achieving Excellence in Pharmacy Education. Edinburgh: NHS Education for Scotland. 27 April 2018. Winner – 1st prize poster.

EDWARDS, R., CAIRNS, D., BYRD, D., CALHOUN, L., 2018. International pharmacy student exchanges: the RGU-ETSU experience. Poster presented at 78th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Glasgow: FIP. 2-6 September 2018.

EDWARDS, R.M. and TONNA, A.P., 2018. Exploring the active involvement of patients and carers in the design and delivery of the MPharm curriculum – A pre-registration trainee perspective. Achieving Excellence in Pharmacy Education. Edinburgh: NHS Education for Scotland. 27 April 2018.

EDWARDS, R., WOODLEY, F., 2018. Trainees, tutors & employers views of NES pre-reg pharmacist scheme modular programme. Poster presented at 78th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Glasgow: FiP. 2-6 September 2018.

MACKENZIE, M., BROWN, A., BOAG, L., EDWARDS, R.M., 2018. Making every opportunity count – what do student pharmacists need to know? Oral presentation at LTC18 - Future Work, future graduates. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University. 2 May 2018.

TONNA, A.P. and EDWARDS, R.M., 2018. Exploring the active involvement of patients and carers in the design and delivery of an MPharm curriculum: a pre-registration trainee perspective. Poster presented at European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) Congress. Gothenburg, Sweden: EAHP. 21-23 March 2018.

TONNA, A.P. and EDWARDS, R.M., 2018. Exploring the active involvement of patients and carers in the design and delivery of an MPharm curriculum: a patient and carer perspective. Poster presented at European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) Congress. Gothenburg, Sweden: EAHP. 21-23 March 2018.

TONNA, A.P. and EDWARDS, R.M., 2018. Exploring the Active Involvement of Patients and Carers in the delivery of the MPharm curriculum. Poster presented at LTC18 - Future Work, future graduates. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University. 2 May 2018.

TONNA, A.P., CUNNINGHAM, I.T.S. and EDWARDS, R.M., 2017. Developing an individualised pharmaceutical care plan – How can this be achieved by the hospital pharmacist? Workshop presented at European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) Congress. Cannes, France: EAHP. 24-26 March 2017.

ADDISON, B., BROWN, A., EDWARDS, R., GRAY, G., 2016. Minor Illness or Major Disease? London: Pharmaceutical Press.

TONNA, A.P., CUNNINGHAM, I.T.S. and EDWARDS, R.M., 2016. A systematic approach to pharmaceutical care – what is this all about and how can it be implemented by the hospital pharmacist? Workshop presented at European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) Congress. Vienna, Austria: EAHP. 16-18 March 2016.

ADDISON, B., BROWN, A. EDWARDS, R.M., 2015. ‘My mind is addled I'm all confused’ – using poetry to explore person-centred care. Workshop presented at Innovation & Diversity in Multidisciplinary Clinical Skills, Scottish Clinical Skills Network.  Easterbrook Conference Centre, Dumfries. 22-23 April 2015.

BROWN, A. EDWARDS, R.M., 2015.What might it be like to be you?: Using poetry to explore person-centred care. Workshop presented at ‘Lots to Learn’: Sharing Learning Experiences. Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. 5 May 2015.

EDWARDS, R.M., ADDISON, B., 2015. Using OSCEs to assess competency. Workshop presented at Educating Pharmacist Prescribers: A national seminar for programme providers. General Pharmaceutical Council, London. 20th May 2015.

TONNA, A.P., CUNNINGHAM, I.T.S. and EDWARDS, R.M., 2014. A systematic approach to pharmaceutical care – what is this all about and how can it be implemented by the hospital pharmacist? Workshop presented at European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) Congress. Barcelona, Spain: EAHP. 26-28 March 2014.

BARR, H., and EDWARDS, R.M., 2013. Successes and challenges inter-professional education. Improving patient care through collaborative practice. Workshop presented at European Society of Clinical Pharmacy (ESCP) International Workshop. Edinburgh 20-31 May 2013.

EDWARDS, R.M., 2013. Opening the door on student learning: using artefacts to explore pharmacy students’ learning practices. [online] Doctor of Education thesis, University of Stirling. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/16412  [Accessed 12 October 2017].

EDWARDS, R.M. and TONNA, A.P., 2013. Qualitative research methods in pharmacy practice. An interactive session for hospital pharmacists. Workshop presented at United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) Autumn Symposium. Chester: UKCPA. 22-23 November 2013.

TONNA, A.P., EDWARDS, R.M., 2013. Is there a place for qualitative research methods in pharmacy practice? Eur J Hosp Pharm. 20, pp. 97-99.

VOSPER, H., BROWN, A., EDWARDS, R., 2013. An enhanced approach to peer observation of teaching. Educational Developments, 14(4) pp. 17-20.

TONNA, A.P. and EDWARDS, R.M., 2012. Qualitative research methods in pharmacy practice. An interactive session for hospital pharmacists. Workshop presented at European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) Congress. Milan, Italy: EAHP. 21-23 March 2012.

EDWARDS, R.M., 2011. Policy and professionalism in Pharmacy Education. Pharmacy Education, 11(1), pp. 209-211

EDWARDS, R.M., CLELAND, J., BAILEY, K., MCLACHLAN, S., MCVEY, L.M., 2009. Pharmacist prescribers’ written reflection on developing their consultation skills. Reflective Practice, 10(4), pp. 437-450.

EDWARDS, R.M., CUNNINGHAM, I.T.S., 2009. Achieving shared understanding of assessment criteria in reflection. In: H. BULPITT and M. DEANE, eds. Connecting Reflective Learning, Teaching and Assessment (Occasional Paper 10). London: Health Sciences & Practice Centre, Higher Education Academy. pp. 63-66.

ADDISON, B. and EDWARDS, R.M., 2008. Integrating the use of video feedback into teaching and learning consultation skills. Workshop presented at Academic Pharmacy Group Easter Conference. Glasgow: RPSGB. 3-4 April 2008.

CLELAND, J., BAILEY, K., McLACHLAN, S., McVEY, L. and EDWARDS, R.M., 2007. Supplementary pharmacist prescribers' views about communication skills teaching and learning, and applying these new skills in practice. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 15(2) pp. 101-104.

Cunningham, I.T.S., Edwards, R.M., Stewart, D.C., Diack, H.L. and Duwiejua, M., 2007. The attitudes of pharmacy students in Scotland and Ghana to patients with HIV/AIDs. In the Proceedings of European Society of Clinical Pharmacy, Edinburgh,May 2007.

Cunningham, I.T.S., Edwards, R.M., Stewart, D.C., Diack, H.L. and Duwiejua, M., 2007. Pharmacy students' attitudes to patients with HIV/AIDS: a comparison between the UK and Ghana. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 15(S2) p. B52.

FYFIELD, C., JOHN, D.N., EDWARDS, R., TWEDDELL, S., WILSON, K., 2007. Different approaches to teaching law, ethics and dispensing in UK undergraduate pharmacy degree programmes. Pharmacy Education, 7(3) pp. 288-289.

JOHN, D., FYFIELD, C., EDWARDS, R., TWEDDELL, S., WILSON, K., 2007. Current and Future Methods for Teaching and Assessment RPSGB Fitness to Practise. Learning from Innovation in Pharmacy Education. London: The Pharmacy Practice Research Trust.

FYFIELD, C., JOHN, D.N., EDWARDS, R., TWEDDELL, S., WILSON, K., 2006. The RPSGB's fitness to practise and professional discipline procedures: what would schools of pharmacy find useful as a resource for teaching and facilitating learning? International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 14(S2) p. B114.

EDWARDS, R.M., 2005. The RGU OSCE Experience. Workshop presented at Academic Pharmacy Group Seminar on Student Assessment. London: RPSGB. 14 September 2005.

Diack, H.L., Bond, C., Edwards, R., Healey, T., Mckenzie, H., 2004. Do Tomorrow's Doctors and Pharmacists want shared learning? Analysis of a pilot interdisciplinary project. In the Proceedings of Health Services Research and Pharmacy Practice Conference, London, March 2004.

Diack, H.L., Bond, C., Edwards, R., Healey, T., Mckenzie, H., 2004.Sharing the Virtual Classroom: developing elearning for interprofessional undergraduate education. In the Proceedings of Association for Medical Education in Europe, Edinburgh, September 2004.

Edwards, R., Stewart, D., Cleland, J., Cunningham, I., Munro, K., Mccaig, D., Pfleger, D., Healey, T., 2004. The first wave of supplementary pharmacist prescribers: reflecting on the period of learning in practice. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 12 p. R47.

 BELL, J.H., EDWARDS, R.M., and HUTCHINSON, S.L., 2002. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCES) in Pharmacy Undergraduate Education. Pharmacy Education, 2(3), pp. 154.

EDWARDS, R.M., 2002. Learning styles. Workshop presented at Lifelong Learning in Pharmacy Conference. Grahamstown, South Africa: Lifelong Learning in Pharmacy. 24-27 June 2002.

Edwards, R., 2000. Regular blood glucose testing and glycaemic control: is there a link? Oral presentation at UKCPA Autumn Symposium, Blackpool. Pharmacy World and Science 22, B32.

Moody, M., Kennedy, E.J., Hutchinson, S., Edwards, R.M., Winfield, A.J., 1999. The development and evaluation of a method to teach and assess counselling and advice giving skills to pharmacy undergraduates. Pharmaceutical Journal 263 Suppl. p. R52.