Rachel Leach

Teacher Practitioner

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Maudland Building, MB023

+44 (0) 1772 89 5674


Subject Areas: Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Rachel is a teacher practitioner who qualified as a pharmacist in 2007, and has worked at the university since 2014. She has worked in a variety of settings within pharmacy, including hospital and community. She teaches clinical pharmacy to third and fourth year students.

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Rachel is a teacher practitioner who qualified as a pharmacist in 2007, and joined the pharmacy practice team at UCLan in 2014.

After finishing her MPharm degree at the university of Manchester in 2006, she 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’s role is varied on a day to day basis. She performs 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 teaches clinical pharmacy to third and fourth year students, and her overall aim is to use her experiences in both hospital and community pharmacy to benefit her students.

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.


  • Postgraduate diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, Liverpool John Moores University, 2010
  • MPharm (Hons), University of Manchester, 2006

Memberships of professional and learned bodies:

  • General Pharmaceutical Council (2006-present)
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society (2006-present)

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Rachel teaches on the following modules:

  • PJ3201- Prescribing and Medicines Optimisation
  • PJ4001- Pharmacy Service Design