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Rachel Leach

Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Rachel is a lecturer in pharmacy practice who qualified as a pharmacist in 2007, and joined the pharmacy practice team at the University of Central Lancashire in 2014.

Rachel is currently the year tutor and module lead for the final year of the MPharm course. She teaches across all the years of the course, and is a system lead for cardiovascular in years 2 and 3 of the MPharm. She leads on Evidence and Innovation, and the topic of Cancer for the 4th year of the MPharm course. Rachel is also the school calculations lead, and as part of this, is a member of the sigma Network for Excellence in Mathematics and Statistics Support. Rachel is also an active member of the ABCD (Action in Belonging and Cultural Diversity) group in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society- a group which aims to ensure that all pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students feel a sense of belonging in the profession of pharmacy.

After finishing her MPharm degree at the university of Manchester in 2006, Rachel completed her pre-registration year at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust, and after qualifying as a pharmacist started as a clinical pharmacist at Lancashire teaching hospitals in Preston. She completed a postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy during this time, and then in 2011 made the move into community pharmacy. As a community pharmacist, Rachel had a large variety of experiences which she is able to pass onto students- she has performed a number of advanced roles, such as administering Meningitis B vaccinations to children, administering flu vaccinations, clinical reviews of medication and prescribing of travel medications. Rachel is a great believer in the power of interactive teaching methods, and introducing "gaming" concepts into higher education. She employs the use of flipped classrooms, problem based learning, and team based learning concepts into her teaching. Rachel is a passionate believer in “Patient Centred Care”- where care revolves around the patient, and should be tailored holistically to their needs. She believes that as well as the clinical knowledge aspect of pharmacy practice, it is equally important for students to gain the attributes of empathy, good listening and consultation skills, and receptive body language to be able to communicate and understand patients.