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Elizabeth Seston, PhD.


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As a Research Fellow working in the Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Studies (CPWS), Liz has been involved in a number of research projects on workforce issues. These include:

  • analysis of pharmacy workforce census data collected by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB)
  • longitudinal analysis of RPSGB datasets and census data to explore working patterns since 2002
  • an evaluation of the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) learning @ lunch programme for hospital pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
  • A project exploring the identification and management of poor performance in the pharmacy profession for the National Clinical Assessment Service
  • An analysis of work/life balance in the pharmacy profession for Pharmacist Support
  • A pilot pharmacy technician census similar to that already completed with pharmacists for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
  • An evalution of the Wardley Wellbeing project for Pharmacist Support
  • Two University of Manchester Pump Priming Initiative projects, one on disproportionality in the professions and one on female leadership in academia
  • Evaluation of the implementation of Dedicated Ward Pharmacy model at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Evaluation of the Greater Manchester Pharmacy Care plan.

Liz has recently completed work on the quantitative component of an evaluation of the Pharmacy Integration fund. She is currently Principal Investigator on the Community Pharmacy Workforce Survey, commissioned by Health Education England.



Liz graduated with a MA(Econ) in Applied Social Research in 1997. She joined the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1998 as a Research Assistant, working on a number of projects including a systematic review of the impact of pharmacist-run prescription monitoring and review services, a study on the uptake of CPD activities by newly registered pharmacists (in conjunction with CPPE), an agenda setting exercise on pharmacy workforce and a study of pharmacists' concerns and support needs in the period prior to the deregulation of emergency hormonal contraception. In 2001, Liz was awarded an NHS North West Training Fellowship to undertake a PhD exploring women's preferences for the supply of emergency hormonal contraception. After completing her PhD in 2005, she worked on a study using stated preference discrete choice modelling techniques to explore how patients with psoriasis trade off the risks and benefits of treatment. Liz has been working for the Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Studies, within the School of Pharmacy since 2006.


  • 2005 - PhD in Pharmacy Practice, University of Manchester.
  • 1997 - MA (Econ)in Applied Social Research, University of Manchester
  • 1992 - BA (Hons) in Combined Studies - First Class, University of Newcastle

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 5 - Gender Equality


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