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Natasha is undertaking a case studentship funded by the ESRC under the NWSSDTC programme. The original project proposal was submitted by the University of Manchester in partnership with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and is supervised by Damian Hodgson (Alliance Manchester Business School) and Sally Jacobs (Division of Pharmacy and Optometry).

This case studentship is entitled Working across boundaries: new models of integration and collaboration across the pharmacy workforce, and presents a significant opportunity to map and analyse the new care models being undertaken within the pharmacy workforce. This project will address a significant gap in both academic and policy arenas and is intended to directly inform the development of primary care workforce strategies by the partner organisation, GMHSCP. It will provide insight into how pharmacists are employed in practice and the impact this generates. It will also provide guidance to inform training for pharmacists working within the new models of working. More widely, the research will provide rich insight into the identity work involved in skill-mix change, illuminating how such work is negotiated and accomplished by professionals in primary, community and secondary care attending to modes of employment and organisational contexts.

Natasha has previously held research positions at the University of Central Lancashire (2008-2012) before taking a career break to raise her four children. During this time Natasha manages two large European Funded projects: Globalising European Biothics Education and Alcopop Tv Culture.

Research interests

Natasha's postgradute research will focus on the new roles undertaken by pharmacits across Greater Manchester. Particular attention will be paid to identiy work, professionalism and professional boundary changes.

 The project objectives are to:

  1. Synthesise the existing literature around new models of pharmacy professional work in primary care;
  2. Describe emerging models of pharmacy professional work in primary care settings in Greater Manchester and what they are intended to achieve;
  3. Explore how new pharmacy professional roles are perceived by key stakeholder groups;
  4. Understand the impact of new pharmacy professional roles on professional identities; professional boundaries; and multidisciplinary team working across general practice, community pharmacy and other services.
  5. Provide early evidence about the extent to which the introduction of such roles is likely to meet current policy objectives of reducing workload pressures in GP practices.

Natasha also has a keen interest in public engagement, narrative communication, population health policy and bioethics. During her career Natasha has also managed two large scale European funded projects:

Globalising European Bioethics Education (Research Associate) - Funded by Erasmus Mundus €261 904 (2008 - 2011) - Led by Anthony Mark Cutter - Innovation in Society Unit - University of Central Lancashire

The GLEUBE project aimed to promote European bioethics internationally and to act as an educatioal resource as well as a platform to discuss the current issues occurring within the world of European Bioethics. 

Alcopop Tv Culture (Research Associate) - Funded by Daphne III Programme (2010 - 2012)- Led by Anthony Mark Cutter - Innovation in Society Unit - University of Central Lancashire

Alcopop Tv Culture was a European Project based on fictional media representations of Alcohol and alcohol related violence, and how this impacts on youth drinking culture. The aim was to give young people a voice in issues that directly affect them. 


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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Laws, LLB Law, University of Central Lancashire

Sept 2004Jul 2008

Award Date: 31 Jul 2008

Master of Research, The evolving professional identity of pharmacits in integrated urgent care. , People Management and Organisations

Sept 2018Oct 2019

External positions

Communications and engagement officer (Better care together), University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Oct 2017Apr 2018

Research Associate (GLEUBE and Alcopop TV Culture projects), University of Central Lancashire

Apr 2010Mar 2012

Research Assistant (Various projects), University of Central Lancashire

Sept 2008Jul 2009

Research Assistant (School of Pharmacy), University of Central Lancashire

Jul 2008Sept 2008


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