School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Maudland Building, MB069
Paul qualified as a pharmacist in 1992 and worked as a community pharmacist before moving into academia. His main teaching and research interests are on clinical reasoning, diagnostic skills of pharmacists and improving service delivery to patients. He is the sole author of the textbook Community Pharmacy – symptoms, diagnosis and treatment now in its 4th edition and used as a core text in many Schools of Pharmacy.
Prof Rutter graduated from Bradford University in 1992 and began working as a community pharmacist for Boots the Chemist. Whilst at Boots he got the opportunity to become a teacher practitioner spending time at both Bradford and Portsmouth Universities. In 1995 he took up a position as a research pharmacist working for Moss Chemists investigating skill mix issues in community pharmacy to maximise patient-pharmacist interactions. This led to Paul gaining his PhD in 2000 and shortly after joining Portsmouth University as senior lecturer. In this substantive teaching post Paul combined teaching and research interests around developing pharmacist reasoning and diagnostic skills and culminated in the publication of the well recognised community pharmacy textbook in this area. It is now entering its fourth edition and has global reach being translated into several languages and a specific Australian/New Zealand adaptation. His work in this area has led to consultancy work to the pharmaceutical industry and several conference key note presentations. In 2005 he moved to the newly created School of Pharmacy at Wolverhampton to establish pharmacy practice and help secure regulator accreditation. During his time at Wolverhampton he further established his work around pharmacists diagnostic ability but also researched areas ranging from professionalism to medicines information provision. In December 2015 Paul joined UCLan and is actively involved in the research of the School and includes collaborations both in the UK [Keele, Bradford, Portsmouth] and overseas [Melbourne].
Membership of professional and learned bodies
Currently supervising 9 PhD students [see projects listed]
Teaching activities and responsibilities
Teach on a variety of topics but predominantly decision-making and problem solving skills for pharmacists in a diagnostic context
External Affiliations and Roles
Currently external advisor to CPPE Quality and Standards Group and External Examiner at DeMontfort University
Regularly attend and present at HSRPP, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Monash education symposium
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1. Rutter J, Morgan R, Fitzpatrick R, Rutter P. The provision of medicines advice to primary care prescribers: Effect on decision-making and patient care. J Eval Clin Pract. DOI: 10.1111/jep.12310
2. Cheeseman M, Rutter P. On-call hospital pharmacy services in NHS England – service provision and documentation of medicines advice calls Eu J Hosp Pharm 2015; doi:10.1136/ejhpharm-2015-000679
3. Rutter P. End pharmacists’ monopoly on selling some drugs. BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3415
4. Wadesango E, Rutter P. Does evidence drive pharmacist over-the-counter product recommendations? J Eval Clin Pract. doi:10.1111/jep.12157