The medicines management research team The medicines management research team

2014 Medicines Management group
Congratulations to all members of the Medicines Management group receiving their PhD in 2014!

Research project development and delivery

The team is experienced in evaluating the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of novel health interventions and services, with a particular emphasis on the needs of older people. The award winning team have an impeccable track record in delivering these projects through strong multi-disciplinary collaborations including health economists, statisticians, doctors and nurses.  The team have extensive links with NHS providers and industry thus facilitating recruitment to studies.

Interests of the team include pharmacist-led services, interventions to improve medication adherence, consultation skills, care home services and interventions to reduce the problems associated with dysphagia.

Post-graduate research training
MSc Clinical Research

Full time MSc in Clinical Research funded by the National Institute for Health Research.  The NIHR Clinical Academic Training Studentships are specifically aimed at graduate (post-degree) nurses, midwives, pharmacists and allied health professionals sited in England who have at least a year's experience of clinical practice since graduating. This is an exceptional opportunity to undertake fully-funded research training and be seconded to one of the leading health education providers in the UK.

Applications now closed.  The next round will be in February/March 2015.

MSc and PhD studentships
The team invite applications from health professionals and those with a psychology background to undertake a PhD.  If there are no funded projects advertised and you are a UK registered health professional please feel free to contact the team as some funds are available specifically for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals to undertake research.
Please click on the links below to discover the specialist areas of each team member.

For general enquiries regarding whether the team might be able to help you please contact Debi Bhattacharya: Tel: +44 (0) 1603 593391  | Email:


Dr Debi Bhattacharya

  • Intentional and unintentional medication non-adherence including the use of administration aids
  • Development of the role of PCT and community pharmacists
  • Development of interventions informed by theoretical behaviour models

Dr James Desborough

  • Medication review
  • Development of pharmacist consultation skills
  • Health services research in primary and secondary care involving medicines management 

Dr Michael Twigg

  • Development of the role of the community pharmacist
  • Development of pharmacist consultation skills
  • Qualitative research on patients' and healthcare professionals' perception of the healthcare system

Prof David Wright

  • Development of the role of the pharmacist in both primary and secondary care
  • Care of older people and optimisation of drug therapy, particularly in those patients with swallowing difficulties
  • Medicines management in care homes