Dr Karen Hodson - BSc (Pharm) MSc PhD MRPharmS Pharmacist
I originally qualified from Manchester University and undertook my pre-registration training at the Cardiff Royal Infirmary. After becoming a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain I completed the Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. I went on to work as a clinical pharmacist (specialising in paediatrics) whilst working in the Medicines Information Centre at Cardiff. During this time, I completed the MSc in Clinical Pharmacy, investigating the reasons why doctors do not report adverse drug reactions to the then Committee on Safety of Medicines.
In 1996 I moved to Australia, to take up a teacher-practitioner position between the University of Queensland and Royal Brisbane Hospital. As a practitioner I specialised in rheumatology and dermatology, whilst also having responsibility for education and research within the hospital department. My University position involved undergraduate teaching (especially the experiential component of the programme), as well as postgraduate taught teaching, taking joint responsibility for running their MSc in Clinical Pharmacy programme.
In 1999, I returned to the UK to become the Director for the MSc in Clinical Pharmacy, an experiential based programme run in approximately 35 hospitals in the UK. In 2004, with the initiation of prescribing rights for nurses and pharmacists, I became Director for the Certificate in Non-medical Prescribing, a joint course for pharmacists, nurses, midwives and other allied health professionals. It was also the time I started my PhD on evaluating non-medical prescribing, finally completing it in 2009.