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Prof Cate Whittlesea

Professor of Pharmacy Practice

Practice & Policy

UCL School of Pharmacy

Joined UCL
1st Jul 2017

Research summary

Cate's research has focused on medication safety and evaluation of the community pharmacists' role in public health.

Teaching summary

Cate's teaching has focused on the development of learning to support new roles for pharmacists. This has included clinical skills to support prescribing for both pharmacy students and practicing pharmacists and training for pharmacists to supply oral contraception. She has also developed research methods courses for both undergraduate and post graduate students.

Her areas of interest are:
Clinical skills including physical assessment
Prescribing
IPE
OSCE assessment
Professionalism
Public health
Medication Safety

At UCL Cate is leading the development of the 5 year integrated MPharm and supporting development of experiential learning in all years of the degree. She is supporting the Foundation School on the development of postgraduate courses to meet the emerging roles for pharmacists.

Cate is also supporting colleagues at New Giza University, Egypt, to develop their new undergraduate pharmacy degree with a particular focus on clinical and professional teaching including OSCE assessment.

Cate has extensive experience in curriculum design having developed the Independent Prescribing Course at King's College London and the clinical skills theme integrated into all fur years of the MPharm at Durham University.She has supported the accreditation of the Clinically Enhanced Pharmacist Independent Prescribing course at UCL. Cate has contributed to the development of competency frameworks for prescribers in the UK. She is an external advisor for the pharmacist prescribing course in New Zealand. She has advised and contributed to the New Zealand Pharmacy Council's review of pharmacist prescribing.
She regularly supervises Master's level research project and has successfully supervised many doctoral students to completion.

Education

King's College London
PGCert, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education | 2015
Cardiff University
MSc(Econ), Research and Study skills not elsewhere classified | 1995
King's College London
PhD, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy | 1991
Brighton Polytechnic
B.Pharm (Hons), Pharmacy | 1986

Biography

Cate joined UCL having been Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Dean of Pharmacy at Durham University. She has developed a number of innovative courses to support the professional development of both pharmacists and pharmacy students to meet changing healthcare needs.She has undertaken research to improve medication safety and to assess interventions to improve patients' health. She is the Head of the Research Division of Practice and Policy and Associate Director of Clinical Education. Cate is also editor of 'Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics' a core international text book for both undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacists.

At Durham University Cate developed the clinical skills course as part of the MPharm degree to ensure  the underpinning knowledge and skills to undertake prescribing were integrated into the programme. Prior to moving to Durham, Cate was a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King's College London. Cate's interest in public health led her to evaluate the community pharmacists role in providing alcohol short brief interventions. In addition, with colleagues she developed a course to allow community pharmacists to supply oral contraception under a patient group direction. While at King's College London Cate developed and led the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing and was Course Director of the MSc in Pharmacy Practice. In collaboration with colleagues in  NHS hospital Trusts in London and Wales, Cate has undertaken research into medication safety with a special interest in risk reduction strategies including automation.

Cate was previously a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, Cardiff University. Here she conducted research into the community pharmacists' role in adverse drug reaction reporting. and developed collaborative partnerships across multidisciplinary teams. Cate graduated from the University of Brighton, after which she worked as a hospital pharmacist. Following a PhD at King's College London she moved to Wales to become Assistant Director of the Welsh Centre for Post Graduate Education and developed training for hospital pharmacists. During this time Cate completed a MSc in Methods and Applications of Social Research at Cardiff University. She has been an external examiner at a number of UK universities and is the external advisor for the pharmacists prescribing course in New Zealand run by the University of Auckland.

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