Harsha Parmar

Harsha Parmar, MRPharmS, SFHEA, PGCert, IPres

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  • Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, Pharmacy

Personal profile

Overview

I am a senior lecturer in pharmacy practice underpinned by my experience as a community pharmacist and clinical pharmacist in GP Practice. My teaching portfolio involves extensive experience in the curriculum design and delivery of public health, pharmacy law and ethics, dispensing, minor ailments, pharmaceutical care, disease management and advanced consultation skills. My teaching is informed through both a formal postgraduate qualification in teaching, learning and assessment, and, my own extensive practice as a pharmacist. My teaching focuses on professional practice where my role is to facilitate the link between theory and practice. I co-lead prescribing skills  teaching on the MPharm degree. I have previously been the 4th year tutor for the MPharm programme and the deupty MPharm lead.

My role in pharmacy education extends to lead for the pharmacy education group where, in collaboration with the lead, I provide leadership to the Education group to facilitate the research-informed teaching and learning strategy. 

At a postgraduate level, I am Deputy Director of the Applied Practice component of the MSc in Clinical Pharmacy as well as Educational Supervisor for the ACPP programme. I previously led the university wide unit of study on assessment and feedback for postgraduate students studying for a PGCert in Higher Education.  I am a recognised mentor with both the school and across the faculty for new staff and new academics joining the Univeristy. At faculty level I mentor academics working towards membership as a fellow and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

 

Biography

My vision and strategy for teaching and learning is to provide a supportive learning environment for students to enable them to reach their full potential as graduates who are highly employable, and, are able to apply the skills of crticial-thinking as a healthcare professional and maintain a patient-centred focus. 

I am an enthusiastic and engaging teacher which has been evidenced by both staff and student feedback and a sustained student evaluation score well above school and faculty level. This has been formerly recognised through being awarded the 'Univeristy of Manchester Student Union's Inclusive teaching Practice award' in 2022 and 'University of Manchester Distinguished achievement medal - Teacher of the year 2014'. 

I thoroughly value all opportunites to enhance the programme by working with the professional body to maintain its currency and inform curriculum development. My areas of research interest include preparation for practice and cultural competency.

My experience and contribution to teaching, learning and academic mentorship in higher education, has formerly being recognised through being awarded the status of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

I supervise undergraduate final year Masters level projects in Pharmacy Practice, with a special interest in Health Promotion and Public Engagements, and those focussing on Pharmacy Education. My role has been to develop in each student the skills of hypothesis formulation and testing, data acquisition and analysis, experimental design, literature retrieval, report writing and oral presentation. 

Within the school, I have led on a peer assessment project. An assessment tool was formulated, drawing upon key literature and is now being used for a number of coursework assessments to assess professionalism across the entire degree. I have previously been involved in a research project commissioned by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) to investigate the effectiveness of the Pre-Registration Assessment. My expertise was called for as an experienced Pharmacist to map the examination according to the examination syllabus and collate, analyse and present data on the areas in the examination in which Pre-Registration Trainees are most likely to fail. This was presented at a national health services research and pharmacy practice conference in 2011 and informed professional pharmacy education policy in two documents submitted to the RPSGB.

I have also successfully been a a co-applicant on an educational research project (funded by the Centre for Higher Education Research, Innovation and Learning), which investigated the effect of learning styles on pharmacy undergraduate drivers for acheievment on the MPharm Course at the University of Manchester. This project has culminated in the design and roll out of a supportive tool for pharmacy undergradates to use in their approach to learning of different areas of the curriculum. 

 

Teaching

National contributions with regulators and NHS Education

  • Pharmacy Schools Council representative: National undergradaute e-portfolio development with Health Education England
  • Pharmacy Schools Council representative: Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the King’s Fund – A New Vision for Pharmacy
    Educational Pharmacist Panel Member: General Medical Council’s Professional and Linguistics Assessment Board (PLAB) , Test of Competence and Revalidation Panel
  • Educational Pharmacist Associate: General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Academic developer: National Higher Scientific Specialist Traning Assessment and Feedback online learning module

University and Faculty contributions

  • Academic co-lead Assessment and Feedback: New Academics staff development programme (ended 2019)
  • Academic lead PGCert in Higher Education, Assessment and Feedback (ended 2019)

Division of Pharmacy and Optometry contributions

  • MPharm General Practice placements lead
  • MPharm e-portfolio lead
  • MPharm prescribing skills co-lead
  • MPharm Programme Lead Public Health (ended 2022)
  • MPharm Programme Lead Healthcare Leadership
  • Educational Supervisor ACPP Programme (2017-2020)
  • Academic lead Module 2 National CPPE Training Pathway for GP Practice Pharmacists (2017-2019)
  • Academic lead for International Pharmacy Summer School (2017-2019)

MPharm teaching:

  • 1st year: The Public: Public health and pharmacy practice, The Pharmacist: Introduction to Consultation skills 
  • 3rd year: The Pharmacist: Minor ailments, Healthcare Leadership: Leadership in the workplace
  • 4th year: The Pharmacist: Law and Dispensing, The Patient: Advanced consultation skills in pharmaceutical care, Integrated Undergraduate Masters Project
  • All years: Integrated Professional Practice

 

 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Qualifications

  • 2021 Independent Prescribing
  • 2016 Masters in Philosophy
  • 2014 Senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2013 PGCert  Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Professional Practice
  • 2011 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2004 MRPharmS
  • 2003 MPharm University of Nottingham

Social responsibility

Role of the pharmacist in public health, Youtube videos

  • 2013 -2021: I co-ordinated and moderated first year student-produced YouTube videos which promote the role of the pharmacist in public health. This has highlighted the duty of care that students have even before becoming a registered pharmacist, and has provided key information on contemporary pharmacy practice. These videos have received over 500 hits since being published and are an ongoing component of social responsibilty within the curriculum.

Health promotion campaigns

  • I have also been involved in the planning and execution of final year MPharm student-led public health campaigns in the areas of smoking cessation, chlamydia screening and heart disease across Greater Manchester. These campaigns have been in partnership with Asthma UK, RUClear and the British Heart Foundation and have been highlighted in the Faculty blog. 

Manchester Access Programme Tutor

  • Since 2015 I have been an academic tutor on widening-paricipation programme, supporting students to develop academic writing skills in scientific practice.

Other teaching information

  • Faculty and Divisional teaching-focussed mentor for the New Academics Programme
  • Lead for Pharmacy Education Group
  • Assessor Panel Member: Leadership in Education Awards (LEAP)
  • Internal Examination Moderator
  • Link lecturer Community Pharmacy Placements
  • External examiner Keele University (2016-2020)
  • 4th year SWAPS tutor (2011-2020)
  • Deupty MPharm Programme Director (ended 2018-2020)
  • University-wide PGCert in Higher Education Committee and Steering Group Member (2017-2019)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Unknown, Independent Prescribing (level 7), University of Central Lancashire

Apr 2021Aug 2021

Award Date: 1 Sept 2021

Master of Philosophy, Does curriculum reform influence perceived preparedness for practice of graduates of Manchester Pharmacy School? A comparison of two cohorts., The University of Manchester

20142016

Award Date: 19 Apr 2016

PCert in Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Professional Practice, University of Bolton

20122013

Award Date: 27 Jun 2013

Master of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham

19992003

Award Date: 1 Jul 2003

External positions

Pharmacy Schools Council UK representative (Royal Pharmaceutcial Society and The King's Fund collaboration: Vision for Pharmacy), Pharmacy Schools Council UK

Sept 2021 → …

External examiner, The University of Salford

Sept 2021 → …

Pharmacy Schools Council representative (Health Education England e-portfolio task and finish group co-lead), Pharmacy Schools Council UK

May 2021 → …

GP Practice Pharmacist, Warrington Primary Care Networks PCNs

Jul 2020May 2022

Educational Pharmacist, General Medical Council (GMC) Manchester

Oct 2017Dec 2021

External Examiner , University of Keele

20152020

Expert invited member: Royal Pharmaceutical Society Pre-registration Pharmacist Panel Advisory Board, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB)

20142017

Expert invited member: Royal Pharmaceutical Society Pre-registration Pharmacist Education Strategy Board, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB)

20142017

Panel member: Royal Pharmaceutical Society Pre-registration Pharmacist Advisory Board, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB)

20142017

Associate, General Pharmaceutical Council

2013 → …

Community Pharmacist, Rowlands Pharmacy

20082019

Consultant Pharmacist: Medicine Use Reviews, Lloyds Pharmacy

20072008

Pharmacist Manager, Alliance Pharmacy

20052007

Community Pharmacist, Boots Group Plc

20042005

Areas of expertise

  • RS Pharmacy and materia medica

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