Professor Andrea Manfrin

Prof. Andrea Manfrin

Professor of Pharmacy Practice

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Maudland Building, MB069

+44 (0) 1772 89 5815

Subject Areas: Health Services Research, Outcomes Research, Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness of Pharmacist-led Intervention, Pedagogic Research, Active Learning, Data Modelling

Full Profile

Andrea has experience in health care and pharmacy practice that has allowed him to work in Italy, the UK and Switzerland. This has led to him being an entrepreneur and to work across various sectors including: academia, industry, consultancy, and community and hospital pharmacy. He is a quantitative researcher, who’s main area of interest is health services research where he led the development and evaluation of a bespoke pharmacist-led intervention for patients suffering from chronic lung conditions. The results of his international work conducted in Italy had an impact on policy and practice, with the government allocating 36 million Euros for funding such services. Further results of his research have demonstrated the contribution that pharmacists are making for the sustainability of the health care system. His research has informed ‘Pharmacy 2030: A Vision for Community Pharmacy in Europe’, a publication issued by the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU) which is the European association representing more than 400,000 community pharmacists contributing to the health of over 500 million people throughout Europe. According to Altmetric, one of his papers is in the 96th percentile of the 266,165 tracked articles of a similar age in all journals and is ranked 1st of the 105 tracked articles in BMC Health Services Research. His work is also included in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) evidence website, contributing towards evidence used to inform 2019 NICE guidelines for emergency and acute care. Andrea is developing a second area of interest, pedagogic research, looking at the use of active learning and student engagement across different disciplines.

Andrea has experience in small and large projects, team leadership, strategic planning, and budget management, as well as designing and constructing new instruments. He is the son of an egg-wholesaler and the first member of his family who went to university, the husband of a wonderful woman who always supports him and the father of a very active daughter. During his free, time he likes skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.


2017       PhD University of Kent (UK)

2011       Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Master level) University of Kent (UK)

2005       MBA, Bradford School of Management (UK)

2003       Certificate in Foundation of Senior Management, Open University (UK)

1999       Hospital Pharmacy Specialization, University of Padua (Italy)

1991       PharmD, University of Trieste (Italy)

1988       Pharmacy degree, University of Trieste (Italy)


Parthasarathy P, Apampa B, Manfrin A. (2019) Perception of team-based learning using the Team-Based Learning Student Assessment Instrument: an exploratory analysis amongst pharmacy and biomedical students in the United Kingdom. Journal Of Educational Evaluation For Health Professions, 16, 23. doi: 10.3352/jeehp.2019.16.23

Manfrin A, Mar Molinero C, Krska J. (2018) Optimal scaling and contingency tables reveal the mismatch between patients’ attitude and perception towards their asthma medications and complaints during the I-MUR service provision. 5th Conference Proceedings: Stochastic Modelling Techniques and Data Analysis (SMTDA) International Conference with Demographic Workshop, Chania, Crete, Greece. International Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology (ISAST 2018). 399:408.

Tinelli M, White J, Manfrin A. A novel pharmacist-led intervention secures the minimal important difference (MID) in Asthma Control Test (ACT) score: better outcomes for patients and the health care provider. BMJ Open Respiratory Research. BMJ Open Resp Res 2018;5:e000322. doi:10.1136/bmjresp-2018-000322

Manfrin A, Trimaco V, Manzi MV, Rozza F, Izzo R. (2018). A single blind multicentre randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness and cost of a novel nutraceutical (LopiGLIK) lowering the cardiovascular disease risk. ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research. 

Manfrin A, Tinelli M, Thomas T, Krska J. (2017). A cluster randomised control trial to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Italian Medicines Use Review (I-MUR) for asthma patients. BMC Health Services Research.

View Andrea's Scholar page


  • Winner, together with the pharmacy team, of the “Students Led Teaching Award” for outstanding and innovative teaching at the University of Sussex, UK (2017-2018).
  • Winner of the national prize, the “Golden Caduceus”, awarded by Bari-Bat Pharmacy organisations and the Italian Ministry of Health for the contribution to the development of pharmaceutical science and economic wealth (2013).
  • Commended for the active contribution of ideas, service and dedication shown for supporting the needs of the Valle dei Mocheni community, Italy (2004).
  • Winner of the national competition for the assignment “free of charge” of a community pharmacy by the Italian Ministry of Health, Italy (2001).

Other training and professional development

  • 2019, Applied Methods of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis, University of Oxford (UK)
  • 2019, Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modelling (PLS-SEM) Using SmartPLS3: Foundations and Advanced Issues, NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management, Hamburg (Germany)
  • 2018, Introduction to Health Economics Evaluation, University of Oxford (UK)
  • 2013, Certificate: Research Methods in the Sciences, University of Kent (UK)
  • 2013, Certificate: An Introduction to Research Skills-UK version, University of Kent (UK)
  • 2005, The practice certificate in Medicine Use Review, Medway School of Pharmacy Universities of Greenwich and Kent (UK)
  • 2005, Open learning course on NHS Repeat Dispensing, Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education, University of Manchester (UK)

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Health services research, research methods, pharmacist-led intervention, applied and advanced statistics, evidence-based medicine, introduction to health economics, clinical pharmacy, pharmaceutical care

Andrea is chaired professor of pharmacy practice, he works with the pharmacy practice team and liaise with the other groups within the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and beyond.



  1. Hitch G, Hadley TE, Apampa B, Merewood J, Pettit M, Manfrin A. Can OSCE be an indicator of students’ progression of clinical and scientific competences? Creative education: Towards competences in patient-oriented pharmacy education. European Association of Faculties of Pharmacy conference, 15th-17th May 2019, Krakow, Poland.
  2. Merewood J, Hadley T, Pettit M, Apampa B, Hitch G, Manfrin A, Lean V, Walker A. Simulation in pharmacy education: developing students’ professional and leadership skills through authentic practice-based learning. Pharmacy Education Symposium. 10th Biennial Monash Pharmacy Education Symposium, 7th-10th July 2019, Prato (Italy)
  3. Navti B, Apampa B, Manfrin A. Pharmaceutical care in dementia: a quantitative analysis utilising path modelling for evaluating the relationships between knowledge, barriers to care, understanding and confidence of pharmacists providing pharmaceutical services. 9th Annual International College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP) conference 12th-14th October 2018, Loughborough (UK).
  4. Navti B, Manfrin A, Apampa B. A quantitative study of community pharmacy services. 9th Annual International College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP) conference 12th-14th October 2018, Loughborough (UK)
    Apampa B, Tsaponina O, Manfrin A. The Impact of a ‘Patient As Teacher’ scheme on Student Engagement. . Working Better Together: Collaboration in student engagement RAISE Conference., 5th-7th September 2018, Sheffield (UK)
  5. Apampa B, Pettit M, Hitch G, Hadley T, Walker A, Lean V, Manfrin A. Evaluation of the impact of Team Based Learning (TBL) on student performance across terms in a fully integrated pharmacy curriculum. Pharmacy Education: towards pharmaceutical sciences. European Association of Faculty of Pharmacy annual conference 2018, 16th-18th May, Parma (Italy):
  6. Manfrin A, Pettit M, Hitch G, Ralston A, Hadley T, Walker A, Lean V, Merewood J, Apampa B. Analysis of 1st year MPharm at Sussex university using partial least squares (PLS) path model. FIP 2018 World congress of Pharmacy: Transforming outcomes, Glasgow (UK).
  7. Hitch G, Chapman C, Manfrin A. Perceptions and Attitudes of UK Community Pharmacists towards Antimicrobial Resistance. FIP 2018 World congress of Pharmacy: Transforming outcomes, Glasgow (UK).
  8. Pettit M, Hitch G, Bonner O, Manfrin A, Apampa B. Pharmaceutical calculation: a toll for formative and summative assessments. FIP 2018 World congress of Pharmacy: Transforming outcomes, Glasgow (UK).
  9. Manfrin A, Thomas T, Krska J. Interim evaluation of the Italian Medicines Use Review (RE I-MUR) provided by community pharmacists using asthma as a model. FIP 2015 World congress: Better Practice-Science evidence driven. September 29th – October 3rd Dusseldorf (Germany).
  10. Manfrin A., Caparotta L., Krska J. Identification of Pharmaceutical Care Issues in Italian asthmatic patients using Medicine Use Reviews. FIP 2013, 31st August - 5th September 2013 Dublin, Ireland.
  11. Gallagher L., Manfrin A. From Aseptic Dispensing to clinical Implementation using active Learning and Technology. APTUK 10th June 2011, London, UK.
  12. Manfrin A., Lyons B., Kaur Mahil A., Warda S., Ogunbase E., Fattah D., Corlett S. The pharmacy model is changing from a package-service to a service-package: are community pharmacists and academia working together to develop the European Pharmacist? EAFP (European Association Faculty of Pharmacies), 24-26 June 2010, Catania, Italy.


  1. Parthasarathy P, Manfrin A. The good, the bad and the ugly of team-based learning in a blended learning environment. Advance HE’s Annual Teaching and Learning Conference 2019, Teaching in the spotlight: Innovation for teaching excellence. 2-4 July 2019, Northumbria University (UK).

WORKSHOP (peer-reviewed)

  1. Manfrin, A., Thomas T., Krska, J. Getting from a feasibility study to a funded service- learning from the Italian experience. International Social Pharmacy Workshop (ISPW), 19-22 July 2016, Aberdeen, Scotland (UK).


  1. Manfrin A. Better Outcomes for Everybody. Pharmaevolution International Congress, Taormina 11th-13th October 2019 (Italy)
  2. Manfrin A. Leaders not followers. Pharmaevolution International Congress, Taormina 5th-7th October 2018 (Italy).
  3. Manfrin A. The new pharmacists’ role. Servier Pharmaceuticals National Conference, 11th September 2018, Forte Village (Italy)
  4. Manfrin A. Better outcomes for Everybody. Teachers’ conference University of Sussex. Falmer, Brighton, 28th June 2018 (UK).
  5. Manfrin A. Adherence to treatments and new drugs: National Federal program for the development of the pharmacy profession, Clinical Governance and patients’ safety. FarmacistaPiú, Italian National Pharmacists Congress. Milan 17th March 2017 (Italy).
  6. Manfrin A. Putting Community Pharmacies at the Heart of the NHS. Public Policy exchange. London 25th May 2016 (UK).
  7. Manfrin A. I-MUR (Italian Medicines Use Review) Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness using asthma as a model. European Pharmacists’ Forum, Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU), 10th May 2016, Brussel, Belgium.
  8. Manfrin A, Tinelli M. (Krska J, Thomas T.) Italian Medicines Use Review (I-MUR): Efficacia e costo-efficacia usando l’asma come modello. Professione, politiche per a salute e sostenibilitá del sistema sanitario. FarmacistaPiú, Italian National Pharmacists Congress. Florence 18th March 2016 (Italy)
  9. Manfrin A. Le nuove regole del gioco. La farmacia, La Professione le Istituzioni. Confronto sulla Farmacia che cambia. Palermo 14th November 2015, (Italy)
  10. Manfrin A. Il percorso italiano della pharmaceutical care: studio RE I-MUR risultati finali. I nuovi modelli organizzativi della farmacia italiana ed europea e i risultati dell’esperienza italiana sull’aderenza terapeutica. Brescia 19 th October 2015 (Italy).
  11. Manfrin A, Krska J. RE I-MUR Ottimizzazione delle risorse e contestualizzazione dei risultati. Senato della Repubblica Italiana, Roma 12th October 2015 (Italy)
  12. Manfrin A. Cognitive Pharmaceutical Services around the World – focusing on EU, opening lecture at PHAMACY 21. PHARMACISTS IN HEALTH CARE, 1st National Polish Pharmaceutical Society Scientific Congress. September 11-12th September 2015 Wroclaw (Poland)
  13. Manfrin A. My Experience as Community Pharmacist in different European Countries, PHAMACY 21. PHARMACISTS IN HEALTH CARE, 1st National Polish Pharmaceutical Society Scientific Congress. September 11-12 2015 Wroclaw (Poland)
  14. Manfrin A. From knowing a lot to knowing what. FarmacistaPiú, 9th May 2015, Milan (Italy)
  15. Manfrin A. RE I-MUR: interim data (from delivering medicines to delivering outcomes) FarmacistaPiú, 8th May 2015, Milan (Italy)
  16. Manfrin A. The future of pharmacy. Future Forum 2014, Udine 3th November 2014, Italy
  17. Manfrin A. Il ROI dell’Appropriatezza (clinico e economico). Convegno Nazionale “Lotta alla contraffazione e appropriatezza terapeutica. Ruolo del Farmacista." 17th -18th May 2014 Agrigento (Italy)
  18. Manfrin A. Now or Never (Un progetto di ricerca, sviluppo ed implementazione italiano). Farmacista Piu’, 4th March 2014 Rome (Italy)
  19. Manfrin A. Pharmaceutical care: efficacia delle cure e governo della spesa, 9th November 2013, Bari (Italy)
  20. Manfrin A. Prestazione di “valore misurabile” per il sistema sanitario. XI Convention Federfarmaco. 24th October 2013 Palermo (Italy).
  21. Manfrin A. Pharmaceutical care a hub between hospital and community pharmacy. XXXIV Congresso Nazionale SIFO. Progettare insieme il future tra continuitá e cambiamenti: sanitá, professioni, cittadini. Torino (17th-20th October 2013 (Italy)
  22. Manfrin A. MUR & EBP in Italy. Cosmofarma 2013. 19th April Bologna (Italy).
  23. Manfrin A. Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Management. Cosmofarma 2013. 20th April Bologna (Italy).
  24. Manfrin A. Form Vision to decision. Pharma Retail: Gli impatti delle ultime novità normative sulla distribuzione farmaceutica. Roma, 28 Febbraio 2013 (Italy).
  25. Manfrin A. Skills for the Future (From Plan to Action). Farmadays 2012, Verona (Italy).
  26. Manfrin A. Focus on UK. The Pharmacist in Pharmacy: a key player into a changing health service in Europe. 16th June 2012. Turin (Italy)
  27. Manfrin A. Possible applications in Italy: focus on a real perspective. The Pharmacist in Pharmacy: a key player into a changing health service in Europe. 16th June 2012. Turin (Italy)
  28. Manfrin A. Trends, challenges and opportunities for CPs. EAFP Annual Conference 2012. 25th May 2012, Utrecht the Netherlands.
  29. Manfrin A. FARMAFORUM: “Confronto dibattito sul futuro della farmacia e della professione”. Cosmofarma Exhibition 5th May 2012 Rome (Italy).
  30. Manfrin A. The Italian pharmacy today: tradition and future perspectives. Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Conference, Villa Manin di Passariano, 22 Aprile 2012 (Italy).
  31. Manfrin A. MUR a professional service for the Italian pharmacists. North Italian Community Pharmacy Conference. 1-2 October 2011, Desenzano sul Garda (Italy).
  32. Manfrin A. Pharmacists and Smoking Cessation (Behavioural Change). WHO Tobacco Free initiative. Organized by The International Centre for Drug Policy (ICDP) at St. George’s London University on behalf of WHO & EMRO. 23st September 2011, London (UK).
  33. Manfrin A. Caparrotta L. Behavioural changing models and drug addiction. Padua Summer School, University of Padua, 19th July 2011 (Italy).
  34. Manfrin A. The development of a profession and its critical success factors. The Conference of Deans of Italian School of Pharmacies. 29th June 2011 University of Catania (Italy).
  35. Manfrin A. Community Pharmacy in Europe: the present and the future. Annual meeting OFCT (Ordine dei Farmacisti del Ticino), 10th June 2011, Bellinzona (Switzerland).
  36. Manfrin A. Community Pharmacy across Europe. LPF meeting, 12th May 2011, Wrotham (UK).
  37. Manfrin A. Adherence: Pharmacist’s critical success factor? (a bottom up approach). Department of Pharmacology and Anaestesiology, University of Padua 13th April 2011 (Italy).
  38. Manfrin A. Pharmacist and Pharmacy: the transformation of a model. National Italian Pharmacists’ Head Quarter (FOFI), 2nd March 2011, Rome (Italy).
  39. Manfrin A. Pharmacist and Pharmacies: a European comparison. ECM, Ordine dei Farmacisti di Treviso, 7th February 2011 (Italy).
  40. Manfrin A. Hospital Pharmacists: from zero to hero. School of Specialization in Hospital Pharmacy, University of Perugia 25th January 2011 (Italy).
  41. Manfrin A. Pharmacist “in” practice. Padua Summer School, University of Padua 19-23 July 2010 (Italy)


  1. I-MUR, intervento del farmacista fa risparmiare SSN, (18th March 2016, Florence Italy). Watch here.
  2. Le nuove regole del gioco. La Farmacia, La Professione, le Istituzioni. Confronto sulla farmacia che cambia. (14th November 2015, Palermo, Italy) Watch here.
  3. Il     farmacista    a     support    dell’aderenza     dei    trattamenti     nello    studio    RE     I-MUR.
  4. La    Farmacia    nel    Futuro,    UDINE    FUTURE     FORUM    2014    (4th    November    2014) Watch here.
  5. Il farmacista a supporto dell’aderenza dei trattamenti nello studio RE I-MUR (12th October 2015, Rome, Italy) 


  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Member of the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Member of Pharmasuisse
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy