Alison Astles

Teacher Practitioner

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Maudland Building, MB023

+44 (0) 1772 89 5824

Subject Areas: Pharmacy

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Alison Astles is a pharmacist with experience in primary care, community and hospital pharmacy. She is currently undertaking a PhD examining professional engagement of locum community pharmacists.


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BPharm (Hons) Bradford University 1988

Diploma in Prescribing Science Liverpool University 1997

MPhil Manchester University 2011


Royal Pharmaceutical Society


Use of an online discussion forum by locum pharmacists

This research study aims to describe the content of an online forum used by locum pharmacists. The study is being undertaken by Alison Astles, a PhD student at the University of Central Lancashire. The study aims to determine what use locum pharmacists make of the site by analysis of the content of their posts.

The study will examine the content of two months’ posts copied from the site. Individuals will not be identifiable from the results as all names/pseudonyms will be removed. Alison may wish to contact you individually for permission to use your anonymised quoted words and no quotes will be used without your permission.


Posts which breach confidentiality for individuals, promote illegal activity or are otherwise inappropriate may be highlighted to the moderator and if necessary referred to the regulator.

Ethical approval for this research was obtained from the University of Central Lancashire on January 14 2014.
If you wish to opt out of this research, please email Alison on and your posts will not be copied from the site. You may opt out at any time up to three months from now.
If you would like a summary of the results when published, please contact and you will receive an email summary in due course.