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Yr Athro Karen Hodson

Yr Athro Karen Hodson

Senior Lecturer and Director MSc in Clinical Pharmacy and Director for Non-medical Prescribing

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Academic and professional qualifications

  • 2011 - Practical Leadership for University Management, Cardiff University
  • 2009 - PhD, Cardiff University
  • 1995 - MSc in Clinical Pharmacy, University of Wales, Cardiff (Distinction)
  • 1991 - Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, now General Pharmaceutical Council
  • 1990 - BSc in Pharmacy, Manchester University (2:1)

Professional activities and recognition

  • 2011 - Invited Speaker, FIP India: Teaching Skills in Pharmacist Prescribing
  • 2011 - Invited Speaker, RPharmS; Developing a Sustainable Work Based Learning Infrastucture: The Wales Experience
  • 2010 - External Examiner, Keele University, MSc in Clinical Pharmacy
  • 2010 - Member of the WeMeReC Steering Committee
  • 2007-2011 External Examiner, Kings College London, Non-medical Prescribing
  • 2007 - Adjudicating committee for UKCPA abstracts and awards
  • 2000 - Member of the Sub-groups for the Welsh Chief Pharmacists; the Education, Training and Development Sub-group, Patient Safety Sub-group.


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.

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  • PH1122  The role of the pharmacist in professional practice
  • PH3110  Optimisation of pharmaceutical care
  • PH4116  Pharmacy research or scholarship project
  • PH4117  Pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy practice and the population
  • PH4118  Pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy practice and the patient

MSc in Clinical Pharmacy

The MSc in Clinical Pharmacy is a programme to develop pharmacists for their role as a hospital pharmacist. The programme is run at five centres throughout Great Britain; three in Wales (North, South-east and South-west), one in Oxford and one in Bradford/Airedale. In each centre there is an Associate Course Director, who is an Honorary Lecturer at Cardiff University, who oversees the day to day management of the centre. In total, there are currently 35-40 accredited hospital sites and 300 accredited tutors. The intake each year is between 40-50 students and there are about 100 students enrolled on the programme at any one time.

As Director for the programme, Karen's primary role is to ensure the strategic direction of the programme is in line with changes within the National Health Service and the University, as well as ensuring the overall organisation and co-ordination of the programme across all centres and accredited hospitals. 

Postgraduate Certificate in Non-medical Prescribing 

Since 2004, Karen is also the Director for MSc in Clinical Pharmacy, a joint programme with the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies. She is the School of Pharmacy's lead for the programme; this involves ensuring that the programme is 'fit-for-purpose', as well as tutoring and teaching on the programme.


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