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Dr Cleopatra Branch

Clinical Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice

Medway School of Pharmacy


I first joined the School in 2005 as a Teacher Practitioner, teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the School, while working as a Specialist Clinical Pharmacist in surgery within the East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust.

In 2008, moved full-time into academia to concentrate on teaching and research as Clinical Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice. I continue to contribute to undergraduate teaching provision within the School. I am currently Convenor for the Pharmacology and Therapeutics 1 module and Pre-registration Coordinator.

I came to the School from an extensive background in hospital pharmacy having spent more than 20 rewarding years working in hospital pharmacy in the USA, the Caribbean and UK. I have held a variety of senior posts including Senior Surgical Pharmacist, Directorate Lead Surgical Pharmacist, academic and NHS Research Associate positions (UK) as well as Chief Pharmacist of a 600-bed hospital (Caribbean). I have conducted multidisciplinary research in the past that resulted in the establishment of a Palliative Care service within the University Hospital of Wales.

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My main research interest is currently centred around nutrition. I am particularly interested in the role of community pharmacists as nutrition educators, providing guidance and advice to customers/patients on life style changes which may involve dietary changes and behavioural modification or signposting patients to qualified dieticians/nutritionists, to help prevent nutrition related illnesses and complications. This could ultimately lead to improved health outcomes with economic benefits and improved quality of life.

I am also interested in exploring and evaluating innovative technologies such as patient simulation models used to prepare novice practitioners for future practice and support current practitioners in the delivery of effective pharmaceutical services.

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  • Branch C. An assessment of students' performance and satisfaction with an OSCE early in an undergraduate pharmacy curriculum. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning 2014; 6(1): 22-31
  • Branch C. Pharmacy students’  learning and satisfaction with high-fidelity simulation to teach drug-induced dyspepsia. Am J Pharm Educ. 2013;77(2): Article 30
  • Branch C*, Gill T, Apampa B (2011). Can you learn from a dummy? Pharmacy students' views and perceptions of SimMan, a human patient simulator. Pharmacy Education 11(1):120 - 125
  • Branch C, Thomas T (2007). GI and GU Investigations. Patient Monitoring in Practice. Chemist & Druggists
  • Branch C, Mackie C (2006). Calcium channel blockers MIMS Medicine Use Reviews
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