Prof. Paul Rutter

Prof. Paul Rutter

Professor of Pharmacy Practice

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.

Full Profile

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].


  • 2014 FFRPS (Fellow of the Faculty of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society)
  • 2002 PgCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education – Portsmouth University
  • 2000 PhD in pharmacy practice – Portsmouth University
  • 1992 MRPharmS (Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society)
  • 1992 BPharm – Bradford University

Membership of professional and learned bodies

  • 2016 FRPharmS (Fellow of The Royal Pharmaceutical Society)
  • 2014 FFRPS (Fellow of the Faculty of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society)
  • 2009 FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)

Research Activities

Currently supervising 9 PhD students [see projects listed]



  • Is primary care prescriber decision-making influenced by advice provided by medicines information services.
  • Out of hours medicine information provision in UK hospitals.
  • Pharmacists clinical decision making in differential diagnosis.
  • Improving Elderly Care discharge from hospital.
  • Community Pharmacist intervention to Inappropriate Prescribed Antibiotics for URTI.
  • Professionalism and student professional identity [ x 3 projects]
  • Evaluation of novel teaching methods to teach pharmacy students
  • Healthy Living Pharmacies – [ x 2 projects]
  • Impact of combined use of Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) and Summary care record (SCR) on patient’s quality of care


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:

4. Wadesango E, Rutter P. Does evidence drive pharmacist over-the-counter product recommendations? J Eval Clin Pract. doi:10.1111/jep.12157