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Prof Roger Walker  -  BPharm PhD FRPharmS FFPH

Career profile

Roger Walker was one of the first wave of Teacher Practitioners to be appointed in the UK when he joined the staff at Sunderland Polytechnic (now university) and Newcastle General Hospital in 1979. He introduced clinical pharmacy into the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula, established clinical pharmacy services within the hospital sector and developed a joint postgraduate course in therapeutics with clinical pharmacologists in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. 

In 1990 he moved to the post of Senior Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University and honorary clinical pharmacist at the University Hospital of Wales. During tenure of this post he was Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, Cardiff University which he subsequently converted into an MSc programme.

In 1994 he was appointed Director of Pharmaceutical Public Health for Gwent Health Authority and Professor of Pharmacy Practice (0.3wte), Cardiff University.

In his service role he was responsible for pharmaceutical services in both primary care and secondary care and primary care prescribing. His academic role continued to focus on the development of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with a special interest in clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical public health.

When the NHS in Wales was reorganised in 2000 he joined the National Public Health Service for Wales as a Consultant in Pharmaceutical Public Health whilst maintaining his academic contribution at Cardiff University as Professor of Pharmacy Practice. He claims he was the longest serving Teacher/Practitioner in a UK school of pharmacy!

In early 2011 he became Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Wales, whilst retaining his academic role in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.


Research and academic interests

As a practice based academic Professor Walker’s research has focussed on pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacoepidemiology and public health pharmacy. He has successfully supervised 8 postgraduate students for the award of PhD and 23 students for the award of MPhil, MSc or MPH. His external income since 2003 has been in excess of £600k. Roger has published over 200 practice based research papers, articles, invited chapters and peer reviewed abstracts. He is principal editor of the Textbook of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics which was first published in 1994. The fourth edition of the book was published in 2007 and is widely used in academic institutes worldwide. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics and the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. His contribution to practice research has been recognised by awards such as a Nummum Memorialem from Charles University, Prague (2000) and Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health (2005) of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom.

He has been an external examiner for nine undergraduate or postgraduate taught programmes at different institutes, examiner for 14 external PhD candidates and external assessor for 11 professorial posts in the UK and overseas. In 2006 Professor Walker was appointed an assessor for the UK Voluntary Register for Public Health Specialists.


Professional service

Professor Walker is a past president of the Science and Education Committee of the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy, past chairman UKCPA Science and Education Committee, past chairman of the BPC Pharmacy Practice Research Panel and past chairman of the Health Services Research and Pharmacy Practice Conference. He has also served on a number of Welsh Office task and finish groups and RPSGB working groups. He was the first pharmacy member to be appointed to the Multicentre Research Ethics Committee for Wales in 1998 and has been a Trustee Director of PharmacyHealthLink for over 7 years. In 2001 he was appointed by the Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales to be the inaugural Chairman of the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group. In 2000 he was appointed by the UK Minister for Health to the Medicines Commission and subsequently reappointed to the newly formed Commission on Human Medicines in 2005 and again in 2009. He has served on a number of working groups of CHM that have looked at the extension of prescribing rights and is currently chairman working group on pseudoephedrine. 

In 2004 Professor Walker was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain for distinction in the profession and practice of pharmacy and in 2006 received the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists silver medal for outstanding services to the health service in the UK.