Mr Richard Lowe
Lecturer in Prescribing
School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)
Currently the non-medical prescribing lead for the University of Plymouth I have held similar roles in other higher education institutions:
- De Montfort University (DMU) – Senior Lecturer in pharmacy practice and pharmacology and Pharmacy Lead for IPE
- University of the West of England (UWE) - Senior Lecturer in applied pharmacology
- London South Bank University (LSBU) – Associate Professor in prescribing
- The Open University – Postgraduate Professional Programmes Lead
- Lincoln University – Deputy Head of the School of Pharmacy
I act as external adviser to Exeter and Bedfordshire University's non-medical prescribing programmes.
Prior to my employment in academia I enjoyed over 25 years of senior management experience in the pharmacy sector. These varied roles included data controller and clinical safety officer for a PMR company (Accredited Clinician for CfH and previous member of the DM+D advisory group). Executive Board positions have included Superintendent Pharmacist, Operations Director, and Commercial Directorships of private community pharmacy businesses.
Educationally I now specialise in non-medical prescribing with current research interests in knowledge brokerage and the theory-practice gap (professional praxis). Having developed iSED for De Montfort University (a web-based undergraduate consultation practice tool) I am hoping to develop VESA (Video Enhanced Self-Appraisal) to facilitate similar ongoing professional development for all practising professionals but especially non-medical prescribers.
I am responsible for the academic teaching of the non-medical prescribing (NMP) provision of the university. At the University of Plymouth NMP delivery is multi-professional, available for all healthcare professionals who are able to qualify as independent prescribers (GPhC, HCPC and NMC approved). With less time between professional training and prescribing qualifications it is important that all prescribers are properly prepared for their prescribing roles (professionally, clinically and practically). This preparation includes not only the legal, ethical and statutory principles of prescribing but also provides a solid foundation in pharmacology, diagnostics and consultation skills, together with a proficiency in medicines optimisation.
My special research interest is in video enhanced self-appraisal (VESA), a concept I am developing for professional practitioners. The concept is a development from my previous innovation (iSED), and video enhanced reflective practice (VERP), which is widely used by Social Workers and has been championed by Professor Hilary Kennedy. The initiative is to overcome the inherent problems of reflective practice – the inability to reflect on subconscious professional practice; it is impossible to reflect on nuances about which we are unaware. Service calls are often recorded for training and safety purposes; routinely important life-changing medical consultations are not. The COVID-19 situation has highlighted the ubiquity of audio and video availability over the Internet, the way has now been cleared to improve and demonstrate excellence in medical practice.Other research interests as part of the non-medical prescribing research group include the contribution and barriers to equality and diversity in health care provision, especially as experienced by independent prescribers.
I live in West Wales and in my spare time I enjoy walking through the spectacular scenery that comprises the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.
I am CEO of NP&G Consultants.