Natalie Lewis

Hospital Teaching Practitioner

Aston Pharmacy School

School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University, Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK

Telephone: 0121 204 5131/0
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Natalie Lewis

Prior to my full time academic role at Aston University I was a senior clinical pharmacist at a leading NHS Foundation trust. I have always been passionate about hospital pharmacy and the contribution that pharmacy makes to the multidisciplinary team to improve patient care.  My role as program director of the MPharm has enabled me to develop the clinical teaching and placements in the MPharm to ensure that our graduates are well placed to begin their careers in patient facing roles.

I have maintained my link with practice through my work with St Mary’s Hospice Birmingham where I provide advice, staff training and assistance with research projects.

As program director I have overall responsibility for the development and delivery of the MPharm program. My main area of teaching is clinical practice and I teach a wide range of therapeutic areas to a range of undergraduate healthcare courses. I work closely with the careers department and lead on preparing students for their pre-registration applications.

  • Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) First Class Honours, Aston University, 2004
  • Ian Walker Prize for Excellence in Pharmaceutics, Aston University, 2004
  • Entrance on to the register of Pharmacists, 2005
  • Diploma of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Bath, 2008
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice – Higher Education and Research, Aston University, 2011
  • 2008 – 2016: Senior Pharmacist – Teacher Practitioner, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Aston University

  • 2006 - 2008: Surgical Services Pharmacist, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

  • 2005 – 2006: Basic Grade Pharmacist, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

  • 2004 2005: Pre-registration Pharmacist, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.


I contribute to the clinical teaching in all years of the undergraduate program and the ongoing development and alignment of the hospital experience sessions and other clinical teaching.

The module in which I have the greatest input is the final year clinical module, PH4703 where along with the other members of the teacher practitioner team I develop case scenarios for teaching and assessment.

In addition to teaching at Aston University, I also support students with hospital pre-registration applications through lectures, individual appointments and written materials.

I co-ordinate all clinical undergraduate research projects in the MPharm program. I liaise with external partners such as St Mary’s Hospice Birmingham and the West Midlands Clinical Pharmacist Group to develop student projects.

 I also undertake educational research projects to evidence further developments in the MPharm course, as it changes to meet the expanding skill set of the modern pharmacist.

  • General Pharmaceutical Council, Practicing Member 

  • Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow


Selected publications

Presented to the Pharmacy Education Conference, Manchester, 2014

  • Introducing Hospital Pharmacy: An innovative approach
  • Summer Vacation Placements – creating internships that work
  • Ward Engagement Study: a teaching strategy to enhance pharmacy Students’ integration into the ward environment


Published as poster and abstract at European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy, Lisbon, 2011:

  • An investigative study into the threshold process of “clinical decision making” within the final year MPharm degree (sole author)
  • Clinical Decision Making Skills: A novel approach to final year undergraduate teaching. (in conjunction with J.Hughes, L.Paskin and D.Kemp)
  • Perception Testing: A tool for assessing shifts in clinical thinking (sole author).