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Scott Cunningham
Title: Dr
First Name: Scott
Surname: Cunningham
Position: Teaching group leader
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Dr Cunningham is a senior lecturer and group leader for Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences.

He is an active researcher with research interests spanning Pharmacist prescribing, Reclassified Medicines and Chronic Medication Services.

Derek Stewart, Scott Cunningham, Katie MacLure, Clare Morrison, Dawn Tiernan, Yvonne MacRae, Findlay Hickey, Emer Friel, Evelyn Yoong. A mixed methods evaluation of the clinical pharmacist support services to dispensing medical practices in the North and West Highland Operational Unit and NHS Western Isles. NHS Highland and Western Isles, 2015, £5,000.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teaching Fellow at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences
  • Group Leader for Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences
  • Convenor of Validations and Internal Reviews

To fulfil the roles above, Dr Cunningham is a member of various school committees/groups including:

  • School Senior Team
  • School Academic Board
  • Postgraduate Pharmacy Programmes Management Team
  • MPharm Course Management Team

Academic Background

  • BSc (Hons) in Pharmacy,  Strathclyde University 1989
  • PgDip in Clinical Pharmacy, RGU 1994
  • PhD, RGU 2001

In 2008 Dr Cunningham  was a member of the Scottish Government advisory group that lead to the Ritchie Report: Establishing Effective Therapeutic Partnerships - A generic framework to underpin the Chronic Medication Service element of the Community Pharmacy Contract and subsequently sat on the Scottish Government Chronic Medication Service Reference Group.

Research Interests

Dr Cunningham is an active researcher with research interests spanning many aspects of pharmacy practice and education. He is a member of the School's clinical, practice and the pharmacy education research groups. He is also a member of the prescribing research group and the re-classification of medicines research group.  His key research interests include:

  • Pharmacist prescribing
    As a member of the Prescribing Research Group, Dr Cunningham is involved in researching aspects of pharmacist prescribing including: the training programme, why some pharmacists choose to train as prescribers and others do not; how pharmacist prescribers actually practise; the views of the pharmacist prescribers, their doctor colleagues and the patients themselves. The Prescribing Research Group is working in collaboration with colleagues at RGU, the University of Aberdeen and NHS Education for Scotland.   
  • Reclassified Medicines
    As a member of the Reclassification of Medicines Research Group, Dr Cunningham has an interest in the processes by which pharmacists (and their staff) do (or do not) adopt newly reclassified medicines into their practice; how patients use these medicines; and the potential impact of independent prescribing by community pharmacists. The group has been involved in a number of research projects in these areas along with colleagues at RGU, the University of Aberdeen and the Welsh School of Pharmacy.
  • Chronic Medication Services
    Through previous professional and academic experience, Dr Cunningham has a strong interest in the Chronic Medication Service part of the new community pharmacy contract in Scotland. This interest stems from many years of involvement in the education and training of pharmacists in pharmaceutical care planning and therapeutics. He is a member of a small group within the School that will be researching aspects of the development and implementation of this service.

Current Research

Dr Cunningham is an active pharmacy practice researcher. Current areas for PhD projects / Research collaboration include:

  • Reclassification of medicines
  • Chronic Medication Services and prescribing
  • International collaborations in pharmacy practice and education in particular the use of e-learning in developing countries

Funding

  • Derek Stewart, Katie MacLure, Scott Cunningham, Liz Buist, Rebecca Jamieson, Thom Shaw, Gordon Rushworth. An evaluation of the contribution of mental health clinical pharmacist prescribers to the multidisciplinary team care of patients with anxiety and/or depression within primary care medical practices in NHS Highland. NHS Highlands, 2017, £6,000.
  • Katie MacLure, Derek Stewart, Pamela Mills. A mixed methods evaluation to assess the impact of patient prioritisation tools and pharmaceutical care provision to elderly patients within NHS Ayrshire and Arran on potential hospital and care home admission prevention. NHS Ayrshire and Arran, 2017, £10,000.
  • Derek Stewart, Katie MacLure, Scott Cunningham, Anne Boyter, Gashala Akram. Community Pharmacy Scotland: investigating value as perceived and experienced by service users. Community Pharmacy Scotland, 2017, £50,000.
  • Derek Stewart, Rod Tucker, Katie MacLure, Katie Gibson-Smith. An uncontrolled before and after study of the impact of a smart-phone app on disease outcomes in children with atopic eczema. Dermal Laboratories, 2017, £30,000.
  • Evaluating pharmacy teams in GP practices. Scottish Government, , £100,000 (2017)
    Project team: Derek Stewart, Katie MacLure, Scott Cunningham, Katie Gibson-Smith.
  • Derek Stewart, Scott Cunningham, Katie MacLure, Clare Morrison, Dawn Tiernan, Yvonne MacRae, Findlay Hickey, Emer Friel, Evelyn Yoong. A mixed methods evaluation of the clinical pharmacist support services to dispensing medical practices in the North and West Highland Operational Unit and NHS Western Isles. NHS Highland and Western Isles, 2015, £5,000.
  • Business Interaction: Albapharm & RGU: scoping workshop for collaborative working Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher Scheme. Awarded £4500 (July 2012)
    Project Team: Scott Cunningham, Alison Strath, Ken Russell, Bill Sutherland, Val Maehle
  • Investigating prescribing by community pharmacists in Scotland, Community Pharmacy Scotland. Awarded £49,000 (2007-10).
    Project team: Maxwell Dapar, Derek Stewart, Scott Cunningham, Dorothy McCaig, Lesley Diack
  • Investigating reclassification of medicines from prescription only medicines to pharmacy medicines in Scotland, Community Pharmacy Scotland. Awarded £49,000 ( 2007-10).
    Project team: Vibhu Paudyal, Derek Stewart, Scott Cunningham, Denise Hansford
  • Exploring and evaluating prescribing by pharmacists, NES. Award £300,000 (2007 -11)
    Project Team: Katie MacLure, Rhea Hatcher, Derek Stewart, Scott Cunningham, Dorothy McCaig, Lesley Diack
  • Facilitating the implementation of the community pharmacy contract in Scotland through development of an E-learning / support network - CPD:Advantage, NHS Education for Scotland (Pharmacy). Awarded  £30, 000 (June 2008 – June 2009)        
    Project Team: Scott Cunningham, Frances Notman, Lesley Diack, Terry Healey
  • Knowledge Transfer: Developing community pharmacists' clinical skills for chronic disease management II in Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland (Pharmacy). Awarded  £15, 000  (2010 – 11).
    Project team: Scott Cunningham, Alison Strath, Derek Stewart
  • Knowledge Transfer: Further Development of the Scottish Vocational Pharmacist Training Scheme (SVPTS) towards an integrated Career Framework in Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland (Pharmacy). Awarded  £15,000  (Mar 2010)        
    Project team: Alison Strath, Scott Cunningham.

Professional Memberships

  • General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Publications

  1. Stewart D, Jebara T, Cunningham S, Awaisu A, Pallivalapila A, MacLure K. Future perspectives on nonmedical prescribing. Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety 2017:183-197. doi:10.1177/2042098617693546
  2. Fitzgerald N, Youngson E, Cunningham S, Watson M, Stewart D. Support for community pharmacy-based alcohol interventions: a Scottish general public survey. Public Health 2015;129:1431-1438
  3. Paudyal V, Hansford D, Cunningham S, Stewart D. Over the counter prescribing and pharmacists’ adoption of new medicines: diffusion of innovations. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 2013:9:3:251-262. doi:10.1016/j.sapharm.2012.05.001
  4. Paudyal V, Hansford D, Cunningham S, Stewart D. Pharmacists’ perceived integration into practice of over-the-counter simvastatin five years post reclassification International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy 2012. 34(5):733-8 doi:10.1007/s11096-012-9668-5
  5. Weidmann AE, Cunningham S, Gray G,  Hansford D, McLay J,  Broom J, Stewart D. Views of the Scottish general public on community pharmacy weight management services: international implications . International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 2012. 34(2):389-97. doi:10.1007/s11096-012-9624-4
  6. Paudyal V, Hansford D, Cunningham S, Stewart D.    Community pharmacists’ adoption of medicines reclassified from prescription only status: A systematic review of factors associated with decision making. 2012. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety,   2012. 21 (4), 396–406.  doi:10.1002/pds.3219
  7. Paudyal V, Hansford D, Cunningham S, Stewart D.(2010) Pharmacy assisted patient self care of minor ailments: A chronological review of UK health policy documents and key events 1997–2010 Health Policy, 2011:101:3 253-259. doi:10.1016/j.healthpol.2011.05.010
  8. Stewart D, Cunningham ITS, Hansford D, John D, McCaig D, McLay J. (2010) General practitioners’ views and experiences of over-the-counter simvastatin. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology 2010; 70:3; 356-359. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2125.2010.03701.x
  9. Stewart D, George J, Cleland J, Bond C, Diack L, McCaig D, Cunningham S, MacLure K.(2010) Developing and validating a tool for assessment of pharmacist prescribers’ consultations. Family Practice 2010; 0:1–7. doi:10.1093/fampra/cmq034
  10. Paudyal V, Hansford D, Cunningham ITS, Stewart D.(2010) Cross-sectional survey of community pharmacists’ views of the electronic minor ailment system in Scotland. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 2010; 18 (4):194-201. doi:10.1111/j.2042-7174.2010.00042.x
  11. Derek Stewart; IT Scott Cunningham; Denise Hansford; Dai John; Dorothy McCaig; James McLay.(2010) General practitioners views and experiences of over-the-counter simvastatin in Scotland British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 2010. 70 (3): 356–359. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2125.2010.03701.x
  12. Edwards R, Cunningham ITS. (2009) Achieving shared understanding of assessment criteria in reflection. In Bulpitt, H Deane, M. Connecting reflective learning, teaching and assessment. Occassional Paper 10. London: Higher Education Academy. Pp. 63-66.
  13. Stewart DC, George J, Diack LH, Bond CM, McCaig DJ Cunningham ITS, Munro K, Pfleger D. (2009) 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. doi:10.1345/aph.1L609 

Conference Presentations

  1. Bourke B, Keane C, Cunningham S. (2015) An evaluation of compliance with medicine-related criteria mandated in a national standard for patient discharge summary information. Health Service Research & Pharmacy Practice conference (Belfast, Oral Presentation)
  2. Patterson J, Campbell A, Cunningham S. (2015) Feasibility evaluation of an electronic method for documentation of clinical pharmacy interventions and activities in secondary care. Health Service Research & Pharmacy Practice conference (Belfast, Oral Presentation)
  3. Patterson J, Campbell A, Cunningham S. (2015) Views and experiences of clinical pharmacists on an electronic method for documentation of clinical pharmacy activities in secondary care. Health Service Research & Pharmacy Practice conference (Belfast, Oral Presentation) MacLure K, Macleod J, Cunningham S, Forbes-McKay K, Lynch R, Paudyal V, Strath A, Stewart D (2015) Use of multi-compartment compliance aids in residents of very sheltered housing in north east Scotland: initial case study findings. Health Service Research & Pharmacy Practice conference (Belfast, poster with oral)

Teaching

As Group Leader for Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice, Dr Cunningham has responsibility for the day-to-day management of 19 members of staff and take professional and academic oversight of the development and delivery of clinical and pharmacy practice related modules within the following courses; MPharm, MSc Clinical Pharmacy practice and MSc Advanced Pharmacy Practice course.

He regularly convenes internal course validation / internal review panels for RGU's Governance and Academic Quality department and act as an independent Senior Member of Staff on the Assessment Boards of other Schools within the University.

He represents the School on the Robert Gordon University Postgraduate Professional Studies Programme and is an independent senior staff member that sits on the School of Nursing and Midwifery Assessment Board. He is currently the external examiner at three institutions; MSc Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Bradford, PgDip General Pharmacy Practice, The School of Pharmacy, University College, London  and MSc Advanced Practice at the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Stirling University.

Dr Cunningham has represented the School, for two terms, on the University’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement Committee, and has completed a term of office on Academic Council. 

At an international level in his capacity as Postgraduate Programmes Leader Dr Cunningham has visited a number of countries to discuss collaborative projects and for course delivery including: Hong Kong, Malaysia, Ghana and Serbia and Montenegro. He has a particular interest in the development of further international links for postgraduate study.