School of Pharmacy

Staff Profile

Dr Adam Rathbone

Teaching Fellow


Dr Rathbone joined Newcastle University as part of the School of Pharmacy in September 2017 having formerly worked as a Senior Clinical Pharmacist at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Whilst at Northumbria he worked at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, Cramlington and led major research projects exploring emerging models of integrated pharmacy practice. 

Dr Rathbone completed his clinical pharmacy foundation training at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and then worked in various settings across the North East. Dr Rathbone has also completed the postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy and independent prescribing certificate for pharmacists in advanced general and respiratory medicine. He has experience of delivering clinical pharmacy services across a range of acute specialities including respiratory, acute assessment and care of the elderly. 


Dr Rathbone's research interests bridge pharmaceutical and sociological paradigms and includes exploring phenomenon such as patients' experiences of medicines use, professional identity and inter-disciplinary collaboration.He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University. 

Current research projects include

  • community pharmacists experiences of medicines adherence interventions
  • community pharmacy spaces
  • pharmacy and extreme weather events 
  • emerging models of pharmacy practice (including the Northumbria Vanguard Foundation Pharmacist Programme and Ward-based Medicines Assistants Project)
  • medical education
  • Using WhatsApp to deliver pharmacy services


Dr Rathbone is the lead for clinical skills teaching within the School of Pharmacy. This includes physical examination skills (such as respiratory, cardiovascular and abdominal examinations) and procedural skills such as taking blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose measurements. 

Dr Rathbone also contributes to the teaching of clinical ethics, encouraging students to deal with the big questions that influence drug design, development and pharmacy practice. 

Dr Rathbone also contributes to teaching on the MBBS programme.