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Dr Trudy Thomas

Senior Lecturer

Medway School of Pharmacy

 

Trudy qualified as a pharmacist in 1988. For the next 14 years, she combined community pharmacy work with pharmacy education work and being a mum. She worked initially for the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education and the National Pharmaceutical Association, as well as a number of Kent based Primary Care Organisations, as a Prescribing Advisor. She joined the Medway School of Pharmacy in 2004 as a clinical lecturer and was joint Head of Clinical and Professional Practice for 6 years. She is currently Director of Taught Graduate Studies. She has been the Pharmacist Programme Lead for the School’s Postgraduate Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing since 2004 and has edited a book ‘Developing your Prescribing Skills’. Trudy was part of the pharmacy planning team for the Olympics and worked at the Stratford Pharmacy during the games. She is a keen runner and cyclist.

Over the last 5 years Trudy has developed a clinical interest in epilepsy, qualifying as a non-medical prescriber in epilepsy in 2016. She works with the local CCG to carry out annual reviews in which she prescribes for people with epilepsy. She still practices as a locum pharmacist.

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Trudy’s research interests have been mainly to do with physical activity and behaviour change. In 2014 she completed her PhD which investigated whether community pharmacists can use behaviour change counselling to increase the amount of physical activity undertaken by people with mild to moderate depression. This work was initially supported by a Hugh Linsted Award from the Pharmacy Practice Research Trust. She has a number of research projects underway which use behaviour change counselling.

More recently Trudy has started to develop a research interest in epilepsy to run alongside her clinical speciality. She has been working with local health organisations to support pharmacists to deliver medicines use reviews in epilepsy. She obtained a School scholarship and now has a PhD student who is looking at the medicines burden for people with epilepsy.

Trudy has also been involved in a wide range of service evaluations on behalf of NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups and the regional Health Education England organisation.

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  • Manfrin A, Tinelli M, Thomas T, Krska J. A cluster randomised control trial to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Italian medicines use review (I-MUR) for asthma patients. April 2017. BMC Health Services 2017:300nDOI: 10.1186/s12913-017-2245-9

  • Thomas T, Passfield L, Coulton S, Crone D. Effectiveness of a tailored training programme in behaviour change counselling for community pharmacists: A pilot study. Patient education and Counseling. 2015 Aug 7. pii: S0738-3991(15)30042-2. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2015.08.004.
  • Thomas T. Epileptic Seizure: urgent action. Pharmaceutical Journal March 2015.
  • Manfrin A, Thomas T, Krska J. Randomised evaluation of the Italian medicines use review provided by community pharmacists using asthma as a model (RE I-MUR). BMC Health Services Research. 2015. 04/2015; 15(1):171. DOI:10.1186/s12913-015-0791-6
  • File H, Thomas T, Anderson G. Case study of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic pharmacy service preparations. Int J Pharm Pract 2015; 23(3):212-220. DOI: 10.1111/ijpp.12149
  • File H, Mottram, Stuart M, Thomas T. Impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on the personal and professional development of pharmacy volunteers. Europ J Hosp Pharm 2014; 22(2):120-122. DOI:10.1136/ejhpharm-2014-000482
  • Thomas T , Rogers G. Training pharmacists to carry out MURs for people with epilepsy: a pilot project. Int J Pharm Pract 2014; 22 (Supp 1): 52
  • Stuart M, Mottram D, Erskine D, Simpler S, Thomas T. Development and delivery of pharmacy services for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Eur J Hops Pharm, 2013; 20: 42-45.
  • Stuart M, Mottram D and Thomas T.  Innovations in Olympic and Paralympic Pharmacy Services. Br J Sports Med 2013 47; 7: 404-6
  • Thomas T, Passfield L, Coulton S, Crone D. Can community pharmacists achieve competency in physical activity focused behaviour change counselling for people with mild to moderate depression? Int J Pharm Pract 2012; 20 (Supp 2): A36
  • Thomas T, Passfield L, Coulton S, Crone D, Diaper C. Are pharmacists natural behaviour change counsellors? An investigation into the elements of behaviour change counselling pharmacists include in their consultations. Int J Pharm Pract 2012; 20 (Supp 1): A62
  • Thomas T, Banker, S, Poshakwale N, Patel P, Vagree GS. Are pharmacist public health practitioners born or made? A comparison of the knowledge understanding and personal adoption of key UK public health messages of a sample of first year pharmacy students with other undergraduate students. Int J Pharm Pract 2010; 18 (Suppl 2): A45
  • Thomas T. Ed. Developing Your Prescribing Skills. Pharmaceutical Press: London. 2010
  • Rogers G, Thomas T. Cultivate an interest. Practitioner with special interest in epilepsy. Epilepsy Professional. February 2010.
  • T.Thomas, Hathiari A, Benson C, Oladosu BN. Controlled drugs: are they being controlled? An evaluation of the views, understanding and implementation of the amended Controlled Drug Regulations (2006) by community pharmacists. Int J Pharm Pract 2009; 17 (Suppl 2): A75

Conference Presentations

  • Thomas T, Passfield L, Crone D, Coulton S. British Heart Foundation Physical activity conference.Nov 2013.  Can community pharmacists enhance physical activity in people with depression? (poster presentation and conference best practice case study)
  • Thomas T, Passfield L, Coulton S, Crone D, Diaper C.Royal Pharmaceutial Society Conference.  Sept 2012. Can community pharmacists achieve competency in physical activity focused behaviour change counselling for people with mild to moderate depression? (oral presentation)
  • Thomas T. Kent non medical prescribing conference. Maidstone Hospital. June 2013. Non medical prescribing: 15 years and never a dull moment. (Key note speaker)
  • Thomas. T. Health Services Research Conference. March 2009. Role of the community pharmacist to carry out behaviour change counselling with people with mild to moderate depression in order to increase physical activity (Poster presentation).
  • Thomas T, Passfield L, Coulton S, Crone D, Diaper C. Health Services Research and Pharmacy Practice Conference. April 2012. Are pharmacists natural behaviour change counsellors? An investigation into the elements of behaviour change counselling pharmacists include in their consultations (oral presentation).

 

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