Dr Tobias delivering his guest lecture

Dr Tobias Gruber Delivers Guest Lecture at University of Applied Sciences, Germany

On Friday 8th June 2018 Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, Dr Tobias Gruber, delivered a guest lecture at the Hochschule Mittweida, University of Applied Sciences in Germany. 

Dr Gruber was hosted by Professor Dr Dirk Labudde, an expert on bioinformatics and digital forensics.

Saffah at her voluntary place of work.

University of Lincoln Student Shares the Importance of Volunteer Experience in Pharmacy

1st year Pharmacy student, Saffah, undertook voluntary work at a local Oxfam bookstore in Lincoln, to enhance her communications abilities. As a result of her voluntary work, she also gained a host of transferable skills which can be directly applied to her future work in pharmacy.

Read on to find out about Saffah’s experience:

“Being an active member within the community, not only feels selfless and useful, but also allows some imperative qualities to be gained in order to build one’s professional character. For example, when volunteering, key qualities such as organisation, time-keeping and confident interaction are regularly exercised and enhanced. These attributes are some of the most crucial aspects a pharmacist would require when working within a pharmacy.

Volunteers are often heavily relied on so if they do not complete a project, the chances are the task will remain incomplete and unfinished. This usually means that a group of volunteers have to work together in order to achieve a goal efficiently and ensure that it is at an excellent standard. In a similar way, a team within a pharmacy works together to ensure the smooth running of a pharmacy and to avoid near misses or errors. As well as this, patients can receive their medication quickly and correctly.

Saffah at her voluntary place of work.

Saffah at her voluntary place of work.

Active and effective communication is another skill that is valued in a pharmacist and is another factor that can be developed whilst volunteering. Whilst volunteering at the Lincoln Oxfam Bookstore, I have been able to respond to queries confidently and professionally. Separately, I have also been able to identify categories of books and organise them according to their genre. In a pharmacy, locating a specific medicine amongst many others, could sometimes lead to near misses and could also increase patient waiting time.

Overall, volunteering is not just an activity to engage in one’s spare time, but it is also an invaluable learning-curve that should be explored to enhance and refine many useful qualities.

Volunteering opportunities can be found on the Student Union website – remember to log your hours as you go along!”

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Coralie Pavesi and University of Lincoln student, Lucy A. Banks pictured in the Joseph Banks Laboratories.

Pharmaceutical Science Student Co-Authors Paper on Antimicrobial Properties of Eugenol

Lucy Banks, a final year Pharmaceutical Science student at the School of Pharmacy, University of Lincoln, has co-authored a research paper titled ‘Antifungal and Antibacterial Activities of Eugenol and Non-Polar Extract of Syzygium aromaticum L.’. The co-authors were Coralie Pavesi, University of Paris-Sud and Dr Taghread Hudaib, Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Lincoln.

The paper was published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research and can be read online.

Coralie Pavesi and University of Lincoln student, Lucy A. Banks pictured in the Joseph Banks Laboratories.

Coralie Pavesi and University of Lincoln student, Lucy A. Banks pictured in the Joseph Banks Laboratories.

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Fee Waiver Scholarships for MSc by Research in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

The School of Pharmacy is delighted to offer four fee waiver scholarships (UK/EU only) for its MSc by Research Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. This is a fantastic opportunity for postgraduate progression while tuition fees are paid for by the School of Pharmacy.

The four available scholarships are for students interested in applying to work on the following research projects:

Prevalence of ever user, current user and factors associated with e-cigarette and vaping among university students.

  • Supervisors: Dr. Keivan Ahmadi; Dr. Paul F Grassby – KAhmadi@lincoln.ac.uk

Design of emulgel drug delivery system of sorbitol derivatives gelators to improve the skin permeability of hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs.

  • Supervisor: Dr. Tamim Chalati – TChalati@lincoln.ac.uk

Synthesis and evaluation of water-soluble macrocycles for the recognition, differentiation and sensing of methyllysines.

  • Supervisor Dr Tobias Gruber – TGruber@lincoln.ac.uk

Chemical and biological studies on antibiotics to Target Bacterial Cell wall Synthesis.

  • Supervisor Dr Ishwar Singh – ISingh@lincoln.ac.uk

If you are interested in any of the above projects please contact the appropriate supervisor by email.

For further details on the course and how to apply please visit: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/phrphrmr/

Jonathan Kennedy with Sam Doherty, a pharmacy pre-registration student (2016–2017) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

MPharm Student Placement at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital

As part of their studies at the School of Pharmacy, MPharm students have the opportunity to undertake placements within hospital, community, and primary care.

Find out below what MPharm student, Jonathan Kennedy, undertook during his 2017 placement!

Jonathan Daniel Kennedy, MPharm, Class of 2018

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Pharmacy Summer Internship July 24th, 2017 – August 18th, 2017.

In April 2017, I was accepted to take part in the Hospital Pharmacy Summer Internship Programme at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London. 

I was among a group of 5 other pharmacy students from around the country, and I was partnered with a student from the University of Cardiff, Wales. I have a written a summary of my activities and experiences during this unique summer programme. I was partnered with a fellow intern, Joanna Sykes, and our base site was the Inpatient Dispensary at Guy’s Hospital. Our internship lead was the Dispensary Manager, Jenni Hunt, and with her guidance we conducted a 4-week clinical audit project.

Our objective was to find a solution to the heavy waves of prescriptions that were sent from various hospital departments to the inpatient dispensary for screening. Often, specialist pharmacists screen prescriptions from within their respective departments, but when they are not present, the prescriptions have to be sent to the inpatient dispensary for screening by the generalist pharmacist. This created acute workload pressures for the dispensary team. 

Along with the ongoing project, we were encouraged to experience hospital pharmacy beyond the inpatient dispensary, and we were able to arrange several other observational activities throughout Guy’s Hospital and St Thomas’ Hospital to diversify our knowledge and experience in hospital pharmacy.

Some of my highlights include:

Guy’s HIV Clinic

This clinic has delivered specialist care for people living with HIV since 1993, and currently looks after over 3500 individuals. Here, I was able to appreciate the complexity of care in HIV, and the benefits of discussing medicines use in HIV with the specialist pharmacist, so that the patient can make the most of their medication and adhere to prescribed drug regimens. Patients are given the opportunity to address personal concerns, and to explore the personal routines and care plans that best suit their needs and lifestyles.

Guy’s Sleep Disorders Centre

The sleep disorders centre provides services to patients who experience sleep apnoea, unusual behaviours during sleep such as sleepwalking and acting out dreams, narcolepsy and other neurological disorders, and disorders of circadian rhythm. Here, I observed the specialist pharmacist carry out patient consultations to counsel patients on the correct use of medicines prescribed to treat sleep disorders, and to identify any issues with other medicines which may be contributing to their difficulties in sleeping.

Guy’s Cancer Centre

At Guy’s Cancer Centre, we were given the opportunity to explore the various departments and services offered to oncology patients. The pharmacist gave us a tour of the facility, and we were introduced to the large aseptic unit where many cancer treatments are made in a controlled, sterile environment. 

The centre is unique in that the radiology services have been located above ground level, which is unusual for this type of service. I found this to be quite reassuring for patients and believe helps reduce the perception of risk that may be associated with radiotherapy.

The picture above shows the balcony gardens on each level, where two to three levels make up a “village”, such as the Welcome Village, Chemotherapy Village and Radiotherapy village. Here patients can go to relax out on the balconies and detach themselves from the indoor clinical environments during their treatment visits. This is also where many pharmacists and nurses are present, as it is where patients wait to receive chemotherapy and other pharmacological treatment. I think this a brilliant way to help ensure patients receive holistic and stress-free care during their time at the Cancer Centre.

The main highlight of my experience at Guy’s Cancer Centre, which was not necessarily related to pharmacy, was the ‘Fitting Room’ based in Welcome Village, where patients can try on and be fitted for wigs, hairpieces, headwear and mastectomy products, including prostheses, lingerie and swimwear.

It is these services that enable me to appreciate the large extent of holistic care that patients can benefit from, and I am inspired to explore and consider all aspects of patient care in my role as a pharmacist.

Evelina London Children’s Hospital

We experienced inpatient paediatric pharmacy services at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

While shadowing the paediatric pharmacist on the Savannah Ward (the hospital has an overall theme – the natural world – and each level represents a different part, from ocean on the ground floor, to sky at the very top), I appreciated the importance of the pharmacist and her duty to ensure that all drug choices and doses are appropriate for the size and age of the child patient.

The pharmacist is a key role model to help children and parents understand their medicines, and is available to aid and personalize the treatment plan to best suit the child.

Surgery Elective at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

During my hospital pharmacy internship, we were able to experience first-hand the role of surgery in patient healthcare. We observed two oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures performed by a specialist, multidisciplinary team of, surgeons, senior house officers, nurses, anaesthetists, and of course, hospital pharmacy interns!

The surgical procedures included temporomandibular joint (TMJ) arthrocentesis and arthroscopy, and bimaxillary osteotomy. The first procedure, TMJ arthrocentesis and arthroscopy involved the insertion of a camera into the hinge joint of the jaw to assess and treat underlying inflammation of the joint to ease pain and limitation of movement. The second procedure, bimaxillary osteotomy, involved cutting the bone of the upper and lower jaw to realign the position and correct the ‘bite’ of the patient, where the lower jaw naturally protruded and tended towards one side of the face.

From a pharmacy point of view, it was a unique opportunity to learn from the anaesthetist, to understand the use of various drugs commonly administered before, during, and after surgery.

The image (right) shows five different drugs given to the patient who required bimaxillary osteotomy. These include:

  • Rocuronium bromide (a muscle relaxant)
  • Morphine (an opioid analgesic to relieve pain)
  • Fentanyl (an opioid analgesic about 100 times stronger than morphine)
  • Ondansetron (an antiemetic drug to reduce nausea)
  • Paracetamol (a mild analgesic and antipyretic to reduce fever)

My advice to MPharm students at the School of Pharmacy, University of Lincoln:

Summer pharmacy internships are incredible opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and experience of professional pharmacy practice.

Jonathan Kennedy with Sam Doherty, a pharmacy pre-registration student (2016–2017) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Jonathan Kennedy with Sam Doherty, a pharmacy pre-registration student (2016–2017) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Oriel is a new and competitive system for allocating hospital pharmacy pre-registration places, and I would recommend to any pharmacy student to make the most of these voluntary opportunities to help you stand out and boost your chances of gaining the pre-registration place right for you.

You not only learn about pharmacy practice and roles of the pharmacist, but also gain teamwork, communication and organizational skills to improve your overall professional profile. Also, you have the chance to meet and speak with the current pre registration students!