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Professor Scott Cunningham

Post Nominals PhD, FRPharmS, FFRPS
Biography Prof. Cunningham is Professor of Pharmacy Education & Practice at the School of Pharmacy & Life Sciences, RGU. He graduated BSc (Hons) Pharmacy from Strathclyde University (1989) before progressing to Senior Clinical Pharmacist in hospitals in Glasgow and Tayside then Lecturer / Practitioner at RGU / NHS Grampian.

After his PhD (2001) he became a full time academic pharmacist focussing on MPharm and postgraduate course development. He has expertise in research with 80+ peer reviewed publications, PHD completions and grants. He has national and international links making contributions the profession including; past Chair of the RPS Faculty Accreditation panel, national review groups, external examiner, quality assessor and invited speaker at international conferences.
Research Interests Professor Cunningham is an active researcher with research interests spanning many aspects of pharmacy practice and education. He has supervised numerous undergraduate and masters level projects and has seen four PhD students to completion. He currently has a number of PhD students as Principal Supervisor and second supervisor. Current areas of interest for PhD projects / research collaboration include:

Pharmacy practice within sustainable models of Integrated multidisciplinary care

Independent prescribing and pharmaceutical care, encompassing models targeting specific populations and conditions to generic models across care settings. Research focuses on aspects of structures, processes and outcomes. Examples include multi-morbid, older people; those residing in remote and rural areas; and characteristics of effective and efficient workforce planning and utilisation including eProfessionalism.

Inter-professional learning, ensuring undergraduate and postgraduate inter-professional learning develops healthcare professionals aware of their own specific role(s) and have a collaborative model of practice underpinned by shared values. Research focuses on the design, development and delivery of more effective undergraduate and postgraduate inter-professional learning programmes.

Self-care, understanding behaviours, models and outcomes of self-care in general and in targeted specific diverse populations such as homeless individuals and those working offshore.
Medicines use, effectiveness and safety.

Specific populations, focusing on those with particular medicines related needs such as older people, those with multi-morbidities at risk of inappropriate polypharmacy, those receiving multi-compartment compliance aids

Specific medicine groups and individual medicines, concentrating on medicines introduced recently to clinical practice, medicines highlighted as being issues of national concern such as antimicrobials, under-researched areas such as dermatological products and complementary and alternative medicines.

Specific processes and procedures relating to the safe and effective use of medicines. This includes the spectrum of patient safety, medication errors pharmacovigilance, access to medicines, medicines information, adherence and burden, eHealth, medication waste.
International collaborations in the areas above are welcomed.
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