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Lesley Diack
Title: Dr
First Name: Lesley
Surname: Diack
Position: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 262511
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Roles and Responsibilities

  • Senior Lecturer in elearning at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences
  • Oversees management and strategic development of elearning within the School
  • Chair of the School Ethical Review Panel
  • Researcher at the Institute for Health and Welfare Research


Key research interests

Dr Diack’s research interests lie in the area of e-learning in education, interprofessional education, public health and prescribing. She is a qualitative researcher trained by The Wellcome Trust and the British Library with extensive experience of mixed methodology research including consensus techniques. Specialised research facilities available to Dr Diack include digital audio and video recording equipment.  Her key research interests include:

  • The development of pharmacy education including the use of online courses, online tutoring and web based learning,   
  • Shared learning and inter-professional practice; and 
  • Learning strategies for student clinical experience especially in public health and non medical prescribing. 


Current research

Dr Diack is supervisor and co-supervisor to a number of funded projects, including PhD student projects investigating prescribing-related topics, interprofessional education and medicines wastage. Recent projects include:

  • The Development of Interprofessional education in Aberdeen, funded though the Scottish Executive Health department (SEHD) totalling approx. £115K 
  • Research into the development and evaluation of electronic resources within a professional E-learning environment (SEHD, £115K; RPSGB, £5K, NES £20k) 
  • Development of E-pharmacy case records (SEHD, £70K) 
  • Evaluation of the impact of supplementary prescribing, (Scottish Pharmaceutical General Council, £49K) 
  • Evaluation of the Development of Independent Prescribing, funded through NHS Education for Scotland (NES) totalling approx. £50k
  • Education and Training Needs of community Pharmacists (NES £25k)

Dr Diack has also worked with Pfizer, the Clinical Skills Managed Educational Network (CSMEN), the HEA and Community Pharmacy Scotland on various other projects.


Teaching

As a senior lecturer, Dr Diack tutors in various academic modules covering project research methods.  


Key Publications

Public Health topics 

  1. Pfleger, D.E., Mchattie, LW., Diack, H.L., McCaig, D.J. and Stewart, D.C., 2008. Views, attitudes and self-assessed training needs of Scottish community pharmacists to public health practice and competence. Pharmacy World & Science. [online] (16 June). Available from: http://www.springerlink.com/content/n8102881lr006524/ 
  2. Pfleger, D., Mchattie, L., Diack, L., McCaig, D. and Stewart, D., 2007. Developing consensus around the pharmaceutical public health competencies for community pharmacists in Scotland. Pharmacy World and Science. [online] (24 August). Available from: http://www.springerlink.com/content/d04v1t784x373859/fulltext.pdf 
  3. Pfleger, D., Mchattie, L., Diack, L., McCaig, D. and Stewart, D., 2007 Education and Training in Pharmaceutical public Health for Community Pharmacists in Scotland: A Needs Assessment (Report to NES) 
  4. Notman F & Diack L ‘Attitudes of undergraduate pharmacy students to drug misusers and the services provided for them’ International Journal of Pharmacy Practice’ 2005, 13: R46. 
  5. Notman F & Diack L ‘Where should services for drug misusers be located? Attitudes of undergraduate pharmacy students to the location of these services,’ International Journal of Pharmacy Practice’ 2005, 13: R53. 
  6. Smith DF & Diack L, Food Poisoning, Policy and Politics (with TH Pennington and EM Russell) (284 pp, Boydell, Suffolk and Rochester 2005). 
  7. Smith DF & Diack L, ‘The media and the management of a food crisis: Aberdeen’s typhoid outbreak in 1964,’ in V. Berridge & K. Loughlin (eds), Medicine, the Market and the Mass Media: Producing Health in the 20th Century (Routledge, London, 2004) 


Prescribing topics

  1. Stewart , DC , George, J, Bond, CM, Diack, HL , McCaig, DJ, and Cunningham, ITS, Cleland, j, MacLure, K, Harkness, S. Developing and validating a tool for assessment of pharmacist prescribers’ consultations Family Practice June 2010 doi:10.1093/fampra/cmq034 
  2. Stewart , DC , George, J, Bond, CM, Diack, HL , McCaig, DJ, and Cunningham, ITS, Munro, K, Pfleger, D. A cross sectional survey of the Scottish general public’s awareness, views and attitudes to non-medical prescribing Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2009; 43: 1115-1121. 
  3. Stewart , DC , George, J, Bond, CM, Diack, HL , McCaig, DJ, and Cunningham, ITS. Views of pharmacist prescribers, doctors and patients on pharmacist prescribing implementation IJPP 2009, 17: 89–94.


Interprofessional Education topics and presentations

  1. Gibson TM, Diack HL, Healey TM, Bond, CM, McKenzie, H. (2008) The Aberdeen Interprofessional Health and Social Care Initiative – Final Report to Scottish Government. 
  2. Gibson TM & Diack HL (2007) Simulated ward conferences: A novel approach to demonstrate the importance of multidisciplinary team working. First European Interprofessional Education Network conference, Krakow, Poland (Oral communication) – Also published as full paper in a publication of selected papers following the conference (Accessed 04/06/09 http://www.eipen.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=86&Itemid=59) 
  3. Diack HL & Gibson TM (2007) Elearning for sharing across medical and pharmacy undergraduate students. First European Interprofessional Education Network conference, Krakow, Poland (Oral communication) - Also published as full paper in a publication of selected papers following the conference. (Accessed 04/06/09 http://www.eipen.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=86&Itemid=59) 
  4. Diack HL & Gibson TM (2007) Making Interprofessional Education (IPE) Work on a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) First European Interprofessional Education Network conference, Krakow, Poland (Workshop) ( Accessed 04/06/09 http://www.eipen.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=86&Itemid=59) 
  5. Diack L, Gibson M, McCaig D, McHattie L, Stewart D, Bond C & McKenzie H (2007) Elearning for sharing: Development, evaluation, assessment and dissemination of an elearning interprofessional module. British Pharmaceutical Conference – Manchester (Oral communication) Abstract published in International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 
  6. Gibson TM & Diack HL (2007) Using simulated ward conferences to demonstrate the importance of multidisciplinary team working Association for Medical Education in Europe conference, Trondheim, Norway (Oral communication) 
  7. Diack HL , Gibson TM, McHattie L, Stewart D, McCaig D, Bond CM, McKenzie H. (2007) Elearning for sharing across medical and pharmacy students. Association for Medical Education in Europe conference, Trondheim, Norway (Oral communication) 
  8. Diack HL & Gibson TM (2007) Making Interprofessional Education Work. Association for Medical Education in Europe conference, Trondheim, Norway (Workshop) 
  9. Gibson T. M. (2007) Shared learning is now a reality — a further update from a double agent. The Pharmaceutical Journal Vol 279 p70 No 7461. 
  10. Diack HL (2007) Making IPE Work Online? Scottish Interprofessional Education Special Interest Group meeting, Edinburgh (Oral communication)