Paul Rutter
  • United Kingdom

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PhD projects

Self funded projects on:

1. Diagnostic ability of pharmacists
2. Service innovation to improve patient care

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Personal profile


I am a leading pharmacy academic on clinical reasoning and diagnostic performance in community pharmacy practice.


I qualified as a pharmacist in 1992 and started work as a community pharmacist before taking up posts with Boots the Chemist as a teacher practitioner, working at both Bradford and Portsmouth Universites. I then took up a post as a research pharmacist gaining a PhD (2000) investigating skill mix in community pharmacy. I started my first full-time academic post at Portsmouth university (2000-2005) before joining Wolverhampton university (2006-2015) where I helped to set up a new School of Pharmacy. Here I also was promoted to Professor in Pharmacy Practice (2012). In 2015 I moved to the University of Central Lancashire before returning back to Portsmouth in 2018. I have a keen interest in educational innovation and I am sole author of a leading pharmacy textbook, ‘Community Pharmacy, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment’, which is now in its fourth UK edition (Feb, 2017). This book has been adapted for the Australian and New Zealand market and been translated into a number of foreign languages.

Teaching Responsibilities

I use research-led and research informed teaching to deliver teaching on clinical reasoning and differential diagnosis. I enjoy utilising interactive teaching methodologies such as 'flipped classroom'; Team-Based Learning and gaming to apply knowledge to clinical encounters

Research Interests

As my background is as a community pharmacist I have a keen interest in investigating and developing their role. Specifically, this centres on their diagnostic ability in being facilitators of self-care, increasing their prominence in public health (e.g. healthy living pharmacies), and establishing new services or improving patient care pathways (e.g. hospital discharge in to the community). As an educator of pharmacy students I also have a keen interest in professional development and formation of professional identity.

Media Availability

I am available for media interviews and have previously been featured on regional BBC radio.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 1 May 2000

External positions

Professor of Pharmacy Practice, University of Central Lancashire

8 Dec 201528 Sept 2018

Professor of Pharmacy Practice, University of Wolverhampton

1 Jul 201230 Nov 2015


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