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Dr Efi Mantzourani MRPharmS MSc PhD FHEA 

Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice

Dr Efi Mantzourani is a Senior Lecturer in Cardiff School of Pharmacy. She joined the School in 2011 as a lecturer following a distinction in the MSc and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry, succeeded by a career in community pharmacy.

She is passionate about empowering the next generation of pharmacists to provide a holistic healthcare approach. Her continuing locum work and mixed clinical and scientific background help her understand the challenges surrounding clinical and professional practice and informs her teaching and scholarly activity; such integration fosters development of students as competent and confident reflective professionals. She contributes scholarship in reflective practice and interprofessional education; underpinning her responsibility for placements is her scholarship in placement education research at national/international levels. . She has developed an expertise in reflective practice, that has supported international course development (in Pharmacy and other Schools).

Her research relates to technology-enabled provision of pharmacy services: she has provided an evidence-base to Health Boards in Wales and the Welsh Government for commissioning of pharmacy services, which have transformed professional practice. Areas of interests include electronic prescribing, the discharge medicines service, integration of GP and pharmacy patient records. Recently, she has been focussing on the evaluating the pilot of the first NHS funded sore throat test and treat community pharmacy service in the UK.

Current Appointments

Sep 2011



Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (employment at 0.7 FTE since Sep 2015, 0.3 FTE during my secondment for RPS)

May 2018



Research and Evaluation Lead for Choose Pharmacy, NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) (0.2 FTE)

Sep 2018



Professional Development Pharmacist, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPS), London (0.4 FTE secondment from Cardiff University)

Post-18 Education and Qualifications

Oct 2012


July 2015

PgC in University Teaching and Learning, Cardiff University, UK

Oct 2003


July 2007

Doctor of Philosophy, Medicinal Chemistry, First Class (10/10), University of Patras, Greece

Sep 2002


July 2003

Master of Science (MSc), Molecular Modelling (Pass with Distinction), Cardiff University, Wales, UK

Sep 1997


July 2002

Master of Pharmacy (MPharm), First Class (7.91/10), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


Membership of Professional Bodies

2013         Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

2010         Registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (formerly Royal Pharmaceutical Society of                         Great Britain – member since 2005)

2005         Registered as a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (now RPS)

2002         Registered as a member of the Panhellenic Pharmaceutical Society

Honours and awards

  • Health Services Research and Pharmacy Practice Conference, April 2015. Poster presentation winner: Exploring stakeholders’ perceptions of the Common Ailments Scheme (CAS) in community pharmacies in Wales
  • International Pharmacy Education Symposium, July 2015. People’s choice award for poster presentation: Pharmacy students’ views on medication adherence

Professional memberships

  • General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education














My continuing locum work and mixed clinical and scientific background help me understand the challenges surrounding clinical and professional practice and informs my teaching and scholarly activity; such integration fosters development of students as competent and confident reflective professionals.

Following appointment, the education I deliver is guided by the frameworks for education and teaching including the GPhC outcomes for initial education and training of pharmacists, vision, values and objectives of Cardiff University as expressed in the University’s strategy document, the UK professional standards framework, and also teaching and qualifications framework for Wales. My teaching is underpinned by contemporary research findings and evidence-based resources such as the Higher Education Academy enhancing quality in teaching and placement education systematic review series.

One year into my appointment, I have taken on a major strategic position in the School related to students’ professional development, Lead of Placement-Based Learning. In this role, I have been managing all aspects of the design, implementation, accreditation and student experience of the Undergraduate Placement-Based Education of the Master of Pharmacy degree; this includes the scoping, development, coordination and quality assurance of novel placement schemes receiving national recognition, a key area in the School’s successful re-accreditation event and interim re-accreditation visit, 2015 and 2018 respectively. I am responsible for ensuring we fulfil the Clinical Governance requirements of University policies relating to health and safety, equality of opportunity and data management, and for implementing a policy of raising concerns related to placements, complying with recommendations of Welsh Government and the 2013 All Wales Raising Concerns Policy.

In 2015, I led the introduction of the newly designed Professional Development modules in the curriculum, following guidance provided by the Quality Assurance Agency UK Quality Code for Higher Education (2012). I have been Module Leader for the modules in all four years of the curriculum, informing the development of reflective practice and Continuing Professional Development, in alignment with standards for pharmacy professionals. As part of a team in 2014, I conceptualised and integrated a Personal Development Portfolio for our undergraduate students, with a format very similar to the newly introduced revalidation portfolio.

To ensure appropriate integration of all my initiatives in the Cardiff MPharm, I have successfully employed continuous circles of action research, a methodology that will be needed in the development and evaluation of the competency framework. I have published a number of papers in peer-reviewed journals to demonstrate application of action research in pharmacy education and have also presented my work in national and international conferences.

Research interests

Dr Efi Mantzourani comes from a medicinal chemistry background having completed an MSc in Molecular Modelling in Cardiff and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry in Thessaloniki. She went to practice as a pharmacist in the UK in 2005, and was appointed as a lecturer in Pharmacy Practice in 2011. Since then she has been deleloping collaborative relationships with a range of stakeholders in primary and secondary care as well as the third sector. In the health services areas of research focus on technology-enabled provision of services. Examples include medication management and cost-analysis of medication wastage from Medication Administration Record in care homes; discharge from hospital and the role of Discharge Advice Letters in a seeming transition and integration into primary care; translating research from service evaluation projects on the Choose Pharmacy Application into practice, such as the Discharge Medicines Review and Common Ailment Scheme. Currently she is involved in the evaluation of a pilot Sore Throat Test & Treat service that uses Point-of_Care-Technology to optimise antimicrobial supply in primary care.

Welsh Government reports

Hodson KL, Kember J, Hughes ML, Mantzourani E 2016 Evaluation of electronic prescribing for hospital Out-patients.  Report to Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.


Al-Hamadani F, Kember J, James D, Mantzourani E, Smith M 2015 Telehealth Enabled Medicines Management for Care Home Residents. Report to Welsh Government. [online]


Mantzourani E, Hughes L, Leggett H, Way C, Hodson K 2014 Community pharmacists’ information needs to complete a Discharge Medicines Review for their patients when they are discharged from hospital. Report to DMR Clinical Reference Group.


Invited editorials and newsletters



Mantzourani E, 2017 Introducing students to telehealth via a novel online placement The Pharmaceutical Journal Available at:



Mantzourani E, Hodson K, Hughes L, Way C 2016 Electronic discharge advice letters for community pharmacists Clinical Pharmacist, Vol 8, No 1, p9 doi: 10.1211/CP.2016.20200228



Mantzourani E and Hughes L 2015 Working outside the dispensary: Role-emerging placements enable pharmacy students in all years to work with members of the public and learn about their needs The Pharmaceutical Journal Vol 295, No 7882 doi: 10.1211/PJ.2015.20069335



Mantzourani E. and Smith M. 2014 ExPRESS - Empowering PhaRmacy students to dEvelop their communication SkillS HEA PDP Newsletter: Welsh supplement Issue 4 p.3 Available at

Current supervision

Alesha Wale

Research student