Biography

Interests

James is part of the Medicines Management Team, his research focuses on medicines management for older people and the developing the role of the pharmacist. More specifically, he has evaluated services designed to improve patient medication adherence and investigated the concept of concordance. He is interested in developing novel methods to support medicines management in care homes and developing pharmacist communication skills.

Career

2008-date Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia
2004-date Locum Community Pharmacist
2004-2008 Norfolk Primary Care Trust
2004-2008 PhD, School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia
2003-2004 Pharmacy Manager, Superdrug PLC
1999-2003 MPharm, School of Pharmacy, University of Bradford

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in PHA. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

Postdocs & Fellows

I am always happy to discuss possibilities for postdoctoral work and collaborations.

Selected recent Publications

A cost-consequences analysis of an adherence focused pharmacist-led medication review service.
Desborough JA, Sach T, Bhattacharya D, Holland RC, Wright DJ.
International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 2012;20(1):41-49.
DOI:10.1111/j.2042-7174.2011.00161.x

Does it matter whether the recipient of patient questionnaires in general practice is the general practitioner or an independent researcher? The REPLY randomised trial.
J. Desborough, P. Butters, D. Bhattacharya, R. Holland, D. Wright
BMC Medical Research Methodology, 2008, 8 (42)
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2288-8-42

Does pharmacist-led medication review help to reduce hospital admissions and deaths in older people? A systematic review and meta-analysis.
R. Holland, J. Desborough, L. Goodyer, S. Hall, D. Wright, Y. Loke
British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 2008, 65(3):303-16
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2125.2007.03071.x

All Publications

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Millar, A. N., Daffu-O’Reilly, A., Hughes, C. M., Alldred, D. P., Barton, G., Bond, C. M., Desborough, J. A., Myint, P. K., Holland, R., Poland, F. M., Wright, D.

(2017)

Development of a core outcome set for effectiveness trials aimed at optimising prescribing in older adults in care homes,

in Trials

18

article no. 175

Full Text UEA Repository

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(Published)


Twigg, M., Wright, D., Kirkdale, C. L., Desborough, J. A., Thornley, T.

(2017)

The UK Pharmacy Care Plan service: Description, recruitment and initial views on a new community pharmacy intervention,

in PLoS ONE

12

(4)

article no. e0174500

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Cadman, B., Wright, D., Bale, A., Barton, G., Desborough, J., Hammad, E. A., Holland, R., Howe, H., Nunney, I., Irvine, L.

(2017)

Pharmacist provided medicines reconciliation within 24 hours of admission and on discharge: A randomised controlled pilot study,

in BMJ Open

7

(3)

article no. e01364

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(Article)

(Published)


Andreassen, L. M., Kjome, R. L. S., Sølvik, U. Ø., Houghton, J., Desborough, J. A.

(2016)

The potential for deprescribing in care home residents with Type 2 diabetes,

in International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

38

(4)

pp. 977–984

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(Article)

(Published)


Jee, S., Grimes, L., Desborough, J., Cutts, C.

(2016)

The national consultation skills for pharmacy practice program in England,

in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning

8

(3)

pp. 442-446

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(Published)


Lane, K., Alldred, D., Blyth, A., Bond, C., Desborough, J., Holland, R., Hughes, C.

(2016)

Envisioning pharmacists in care homes for older people: inter-disciplinary research to develop a new role,

(Poster)

(Published)


Sach, T. H., Desborough, J., Houghton, J., Holland, R.

(2015)

Applying micro-costing methods to estimate the costs of pharmacy interventions: An illustration using multi-professional clinical medication reviews in care homes for older people,

in International Journal of Pharmacy Practice

23

(4)

pp. 237–247

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Twigg, M., Bhattacharya, D., Desborough, J., Wright, D.

(2015)

A drop-in clinic for patients with poorly-controlled diabetes: a community pharmacy feasibility study,

in International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

37

(2)

pp. 395-402

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(Published)


Kirkham, E., Skinner, J., Anderson, T., Bazire, S., Twigg, M., Desborough, J.

(2014)

One lithium level >1.0 mmol/L causes an acute decline in eGFR: findings from a retrospective analysis of a monitoring database,

in BMJ Open

4

(11)

article no. e006020

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Morgan, L., Sokhi, J., Desborough, J., Wright, D.

(2014)

Producing a professional development framework for qualified pharmacists to complement a changing NHS: A flexible, aspirational, cross-sector postgraduate experience for East of England pharmacists,

(Poster)

(Published)


Desborough, J., Twigg, M.

(2014)

Pharmacist-led medication reviews in primary care,

in Reviews in Clinical Gerontology

24

(1)

pp. 1-9

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Twigg, M., Poland, F., Bhattacharya, D., Desborough, J. A., Wright, D. J.

(2013)

The current and future roles of community pharmacists: Views and experiences of patients with type 2 diabetes,

in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy

9

(6)

pp. 777-789

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(Published)


Kirkham, E., Bazire, S., Anderson, T., Wood, J., Grassby, P., Desborough, J. A.

(2013)

Impact of active monitoring on lithium management in Norfolk,

in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology

3

(5)

pp. 260-265

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Twigg, M. J., Desborough, J. A., Bhattacharya, D., Wright, D. J.

(2013)

An audit of prescribing for type 2 diabetes in primary care: optimising the role of the community pharmacist in the primary healthcare team,

in Primary Health Care Research & Development

14

(03)

pp. 315-319

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Twigg, M. J., Bhattacharya, D., Poland, F., Desborough, J. A., Wright, D. J.

(2013)

The views of pharmacists who participated in a community pharmacy randomised controlled trial: Pharmacists's views of a randomised controlled trial,

in International Journal of Pharmacy Practice

21

(2)

pp. 128-130

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Desborough, J., Sach, T., Bhattacharya, D., Holland, R., Wright, D.

(2012)

A cost-consequences analysis of an adherence focused pharmacist-led medication review service,

in International Journal of Pharmacy Practice

20

(1)

pp. 41-49

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Desborough, J., Houghton, J., Wood, J., Wright, D., Holland, R., Sach, T., Ashwell, S., Shaw, V.

(2011)

Multi-professional clinical medication reviews in care homes for the elderly: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial with cost effectiveness analysis,

in Trials

(12)

pp. 218

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(Published)


Twigg, M., Holst, L., Desborough, J., Wright, D.

(2010)

Medication-taking behaviour during pregnancy: is it appropriate?,

in British Journal of Midwifery

18

(11)

pp. 688-697

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Holland, R., Loke, Y., Desborough, J., Wright, D., Hall, S., Goodyer, L.

(2008)

Pharmacist-led medication review: response to Silcock & Petty,

in British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology

66

(4)

pp. 576-576

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Desborough, J. A., Butters, P., Bhattacharya, D., Holland, R. C., Wright, D. J.

(2008)

Does it matter whether the recipient of patient questionnaires in general practice is the general practitioner or an independent researcher? The REPLY randomised trial,

in BMC Medical Research Methodology

8

article no. 42

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Key Research Interests

Research Funding

2011 - Harold and Marjorie Moss Charitable Trust Fund
£9,430
Applicants: Ahmed Al-Nagar, James Desborough
Developing community pharmacist communication skills

2011 - NIHR Research for Patient Benefit
£250,000
Applicants: Brit Cadman, David Wright, John Wood, Tracey Sach, Helen Howe, Richard Holland, James Desborough
Medicines reconciliation at the interface: A pilot randomised controlled trial to determine cosats and effects of a pharmacy provided service

2010 - FSF Funding (Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital).
£15,216
Applicants: David Wright, Debi Bhattacharya, James Desborough.
Funding to develop research between the pharmacy department and UEA

2009 - Eastern Strategic Health Authority: SWIFT funding.
£440,000
Applicants: David Wright, Denise Farmer, James Desborough.
The development and evaluation of a novel program to develop community pharmacy clinical skills.

2009 - NIHR Research for Patient Benefit.
£249,853
Applicants: James Desborough, David Wright, Tracey Sach, John Wood, Richard Holland, Val Shaw, Sue Ashwell.
Multi-professional clinical medication reviews in care homes for the elderly. A randomised controlled trial with cost-effectiveness study.

2009 - Numark
£20,000
Applicants: Debi Bhattacharya, James Desborough, David Wright.
RCT of pharmacist led eczema clinic to enhance adherence.

2007 - RPSGB Hugh Linstead Award.
£5,000
Applicants: James Desborough, David Wright, Debi Bhattacharya, Richard Holland.
Concordance within the pharmacist consultation: A pilot study.

Research Group Membership

Ahmed Al-Nagar

Development of pharmacist consultation skills

I am a UK qualified pharmacist who graduated in 2009 from a pharmacy programme run jointly by both Kingston University and St George's, University of London. I am currently studying my PhD with a topic of “Development of pharmacist consultation skills”. This PhD will explore the current provision of pharmacists’ consultations and look to develop and evaluate new techniques to improve their consultation skills. My other research interests include human memory formation, anticoagulation therapy, and dispensing robots.

Emma Kirkham

What is the role of lithium monitoring?

I am a clinical pharmacist who graduated from the University of Bath in 2007 and qualified in 2008 before going on to work in hospital pharmacy specialising in mental health. I have over three years’ experience in this field working in London in a range of specialist services including eating disorders, addiction services, rehab, forensic and child and adolescent mental health services. 

I joined the medicines management group at UEA in April 2012 in order to study for my PhD which focuses on a unique lithium database held by NSFT. I will be looking at the data held on the database to review the role of lithium monitoring as well as expanding into a service evaluation to determine patient perceptions of their lithium management.

 

Previous members: 

Khaled Al-Motlaq (2009-2012)
Michael Twigg (2009-2012)
Julie Houghton (2010-2013)
Jeremy Sokhi (2010-2014)

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • 2010-date Referee for NIHR RfPB program.
  • 2009-date Referee for International Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics.
  • 2009-date Member of the Health Services Research in Pharmacy Practice Conference Organising Committee (Conference lead for 2011 at UEA)
  • 2005-date Membership of the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association 2003-date Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

Administrative Posts

  • Director of Learning and Teaching
  • Director of Employability