Professor Andy Husband
Head of School
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- Telephone: 0191 2082360
- Address: School of Pharmacy
The Faculty of Medical Sciences
King George VI Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
I am currently Head of the School of Pharmacy and Professor of Clinical Pharmacy. I have a background in hospital pharmacy practice and have held a range of academic posts at both the University of Sunderland and Durham University. I chair the Accreditation Team and the Board of Examiners at the General Pharmaceutical Council and have a longstanding interest in curriculum design and improvement within pharmacy education. I'm specifically interested in integrated curricula and how assessment strategies should be designed to appropriately assess pharmacy students ability to solve the complex clinical problems they will encounter in practise.
My research interests beyond education, primarily focus on the rational use of medicines and how prescribing decisions influence patient care. This currently extends into examining how medicines are discontinued when no longer appropriate and how clinical review of prescribed medicines can influence patient outcomes, including readmission to hospital. Adherence to prescribed medication is also of interest particularly in the context of how individual disease states and social backgrounds influence patients decisions to adhere to their treatments.
Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (88462)
Registrant of the General Pharmaceutical Council (2042568)
I have a number of strands of research interests focusing on education and rational medicines use
I am interested in curriculum integration in pharmacy, as a statutory health qualification the content of the MPharm is governed by the General Pharmaceutical Council, since 2011 the regulator has created a different set of standards for MPharm programmes primarily based upon outcomes. The combination of the various science strands within a pharmacy degree has always been difficult to properly align and students often fail to understand the relevance of fundamental chemistry or physiology to professional practice. I have worked on curriculum designs, which attempt to focus students' understanding of course material and how this information can be applied to complex clinical scenarios. I am interested in how we improve information retention and in particular how students assimilate information into the working memory, such that it is accessible to them in high-pressured clinical situations. The assessment of this sort of curriculum is challenging and I am involved in a number of strands of research, which attempt to understand how an integrated curriculum improves knowledge, understanding and application of information. Primarily, I would like to ensure that our assessments are driving integrative thinking and problem solving without being compartmentalised.
The rational use of medicines, primarily in the hospital environment and in palliative care will continue to be part of my research portfolio. This area is focused on prescribing and deprescribing and the consequences thereof, including medicines-related readmission to hospital and the use of IT to support prescribing and decision-making. We are interested in understanding more about interventions, which will improve safe prescribing, but also ensure regular, timely review in order to improve patient outcomes. The use of medicines as patients age is a specific area of interest currently patients are prescribed a medicine and told they will need to take it of the rest of their life. What does this mean in ageing patients or those with life-limiting illness, how do patient perceive deprescribing and how can this be safely and systematically approached? These are the questions we are currently addressing within this group.
TeachingI teach on the Master of Pharmacy programme (MPharm) primarily in the area of clinical therapeutics. My main area of interest is in cancer and anticoagulation. I supervise Master's projects associated with the MPharm, these projects usually focus on hospital pharmacy-related topics around admission and readmission to hospital as a consequence of medicine-related issues. I also contribute to anatomy teaching at Stage 1 of the MPharm programme.
- Brown CL, Mulcaster HL, Triffitt KL, Sittig DF, Ash JS, Reygate K, Husband AK, Bates DW, Slight SP. A systematic review of the types and causes of prescribing errors generated from using computerized provider order entry systems in primary and secondary care. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 2017, 24(2), 432-440.
- Brown CL, Reygate K, Slee A, Coleman JJ, Pontefract SK, Bates DW, Husband AK, Watson N, Slight SP. A literature review of the training offered to qualified prescribers to use electronic prescribing systems: Why is it so important?. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 2016, (ePub ahead of print).
- Brown TJ, Todd A, O'Malley C, Moore HJ, Husband AK, Bambra C, Kasim A, Sniehotta FF, Steed L, Smith S, Nield L, Summerbell CD. Community pharmacy-delivered interventions for public health priorities: a systematic review of interventions for alcohol reduction, smoking cessation and weight management, including meta-analysis for smoking cessation. BMJ Open 2016, 6(2), e009828.
- Todd A, Copeland A, Husband A, Kasim A, Bambra C. Access all areas? An area-level analysis of accessibility to general practice and community pharmacy services in England by urbanity and social deprivation. BMJ Open 2015, 5(5), e007328.
- Nazar H, Obara I, Paterson A, Nazar Z, Portlock JC, Husband AK. A consensus approach to investigate undergraduate pharmacy students' experience of interprofessional education. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2017, 81(2), 1-16.
- Lindsey L, Husband AK, Steed L, Walton R, Todd A. Helpful advice and hidden expertise: pharmacy users' experience of community pharmacy accessibility. Journal of Public Health 2017, 39(3), 609-615.
- Alabi A, Todd A, Husband AK, Reilly JG. Safety profile of lamotrigine in overdose. Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology 2016, 6(6), 369-381.
- Blagburn J, Kelly-Fatemi B, Akhter N, Husband A. Person-centred pharmaceutical care reduces emergency readmissions. European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy 2016, 23(2), 80-85.
- Todd A, Husband AK, Richardson R, Jassal N, Robson P, Andrew I. Are we using oxycodone appropriately? A utilisation review in a UK tertiary care centre. European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy 2013, 20(2), 125-128.
- Todd A, Copeland A, Husband A, Kasim A, Bambra C. The positive pharmacy care law: an area-level analysis of the relationship between community pharmacy distribution, urbanity and social deprivation in England. BMJ Open 2014, 4(8), e005764.
- Todd A, Williamson S, Husband AK, Baqir W, Mahony M. Patients with advanced lung cancer: Is there scope to discontinue inappropriate medication ?. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy 2012, 35(2), 181-184.
- Rathbone AP, Todd A, Jamie K, Bonam M, Banks L, Husband AK. A systematic review and thematic synthesis of patients’ experience of medicines adherence. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 2017, 13(3), 403-439.
- Todd A, Husband A, Andrew I, Pearson S, Lindsey L, Holmes H. Inappropriate prescribing of preventative medication in patients with life-limiting illness: a systematic review. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2017, 7(2), 113-121.
- Illing J, McLachlan J, Hesselgreaves H, Crampton P, Tiffin P, Carter M, Corbett S, Sawdon M, Swamy M, Ikah D, Finn GM, Swan L, Page G, Husband A, Kehoe A. A realist synthesis of the evidence linking education and training to patient benefit. In: Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) conference. 2016, Perth, Australia: ANZAHPE.
- Brown TJ, Todd A, O'Malley CL, Moore HJ, Husband AK, Bambra C, Kasim A, Sniehotta FF, Steed L, Summerbell CD. Community pharmacy interventions for public health priorities: a systematic review of community pharmacy-delivered smoking, alcohol and weight management interventions. Public Health Research 2016, 4(2), 1-155.
- Akinbolade O, Husband A, Forrest S, Todd A. Deprescribing in advanced illness. Progress in Palliative Care 2016, 24(5), 268-271.
- Todd A, Holmes H, Pearson S, Hughes C, Andrew I, Baker L, Husband A. 'I don't think I'd be frightened if the statins went': A phenomenological qualitative study exploring medicines use in palliative care patients, carers and healthcare professionals. BMC Palliative Care 2016, 15(1), 13.
- Rathbone AP, Husband AK, Todd A, Jamie K. "I've never been a big tablet taker": a phenomenology of the experiences of medicines adherence in men with diabetes. In: 59th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine. 2015, Dublin: BMJ Group.
- Brown C, Slight SP, Husband A, Watson N, Bates D. A Narrative Review of Medication-Related Clinical Decision Support. In: 38th Annual Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine. 2015, Toronto, Canada: Springer.
- Lindsey L, Husband A, Nazar H, Todd A. Promoting the early detection of cancer: A systematic review of community pharmacy-based education and screening interventions. Cancer Epidemiology 2015, 39(5), 673-681.
- Nazar H, Nazar M, Rothwell C, Portlock J, Chaytor A, Husband A. Teaching safe prescribing to medical Students: perspectives in the UK. Advances in Medical Education and Practice 2015, 2015(6), 279-295.
- Badenhorst J, Todd A, Lindsey L, Ling J, Husband A. Widening the scope for early cancer detection: identification of alarm symptoms by community pharmacies. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy 2015, 37(3), 465-470.
- Badenhorst J, Husband A, Ling J, Lindsey L, Todd A. Do patients with cancer alarm symptoms present at the community pharmacy?. In: Royal Pharmaceutical Society Annual Conference 2014. 2014, ICC Birmingham UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
- Todd A, Nazar H, Pearson S, Andrew I, Baker L, Husband A. Inappropriate prescribing in patients accessing specialist palliative day care services. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy 2014, 36(3), 535-543.
- Husband AK, Todd A, Fulton J. Integrating science and practice in pharmacy curricula. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2014, 78(3), 63.
- Todd A, Husband AK, Hurren A, Kler S, Ling J. Patients using antifungals following laryngectomy: A qualitative study of community pharmacists in the North of England. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 2014, 22(3), 193-199.