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Rhian Deslandes

Dr Rhian Deslandes


School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Welsh speaking


Member of the School's Pharmacy Practice & Clinical Pharmacy Research Discipline.

My research interests include the development of the expanding role of pharmacists, such as pharmacist prescribing.  The views of heath care professionals and patients on this expanding role, how it is implemented and how it affects practice are of particular interest.















My main area of research is non-medical prescribing and the expanding role of the pharmacist. Over the last 15 years the role of the pharmacist has changed dramatically and will continue to do so over the coming years. It is therefore important that we understand how the role is evolving, taking into account the views of both the pharmacists themselves and other stakeholders.

Publications include:


  • Alghamdi S, Deslandes R, White S, Hodson K, Mackridge A, Isaac K, Maolod N, Hyde E. Exploring the independent prescribing role of the community pharmacists in Wales. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, Volume 29, Issue Supplement_1, April 2021, Page i35,
  • Deslandes, R. and Hughes, L. Peer marking of OSCEs within a UK pharmacy undergraduate programme – student views. Pharmacy education. 2021. 21(1) p73-82. DOI:


  • Alghamdi, S.S.A, Hodson, K., Deslandes, P., Gillespie, D., Haines, K., Hulme, E., Courtenay, M., Deslandes, R. Prescribing trends over time by non-medical independent prescribers in primary care settings across Wales (2011-2018): a secondary database analysis (Article). BMJ Open 2020;10:e036379. https://doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2019-036379
  • Mantzourani E, Cannings-John R, Evans A, Ahmed H, Meudell A, Hill I, Williams E, Way C, Hood K, Legay B, Houldcroft L, Deslandes R.. Understanding the impact of a new Pharmacy Sore throat Test and Treat service on patient experience: A survey study. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2020.
  • Lim R, Courtenay M, Deslandes R, et al. Theory-based electronic learning intervention to support appropriate antibiotic prescribing by nurse and pharmacist independent prescribers: an acceptability and feasibility experimental study using mixed methods BMJ Open 2020;10:e036181. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036181
  • Bullingham R, Weiss M, Deslandes R. Clinical supervision for nurse and pharmacist independent prescribers: a Delphi study. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2020. Suppl 51. p.19-20.
  • Mantzourani E, Hill I, Meudell A, Way C, Williams E, Deslandes R, Houldcroft L, Legay B, Ahmed H, Hood K, Cannings-John R, Evans A. Does an NHS test and treat service in community pharmacy promote health-seeking behaviour change? A quantitative study. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2020. Suppl 51. p.7.
  • Alghamdi S, Deslandes R, Hodson K. Independent pharmacist prescribers’ views of their role as prescribers in primary care settings in Wales. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2020 Suppl 51. p.20.


  • Courtenay M, Lim R, Deslandes R, Ferriday R, Gillespie D, Hodson K, Reid N, Thomas N, Chater A. A theory-based electronic learning intervention to support appropriate antibiotic prescribing by nurses and pharmacists: intervention development and feasibility study protocol. BMJ Open 2019;9:e028326. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2018-028326
  • Deslandes R, Evans A, Baker S, Hodson K, Mantzourani E, Price K, Way C, Hughes L. Community pharmacists at the heart of public health: A longitudinal evaluation of the community pharmacy influenza vaccination service. 2019.
  • Mantzourani E, Hodson K, Evans A, Alzetani S, Hayward R, Deslandes R, Hughes ML, Holyfield G, Way C. A 5-year evaluation of the Emergency Contraception (EC) enhanced community pharmacy service provided in Wales. BMJ Sex Reprod Health. 2019 Aug 8. pii: bmjsrh-2018-200236. doi: 10.1136/bmjsrh-2018-200236 (Mantzourani E, et al. BMJ Sex Reprod Health 2019;0:1–8. doi:10.1136/bmjsrh-2018-200236)
  • Mantzourani E, Hicks R, Evans A, Williams E, Way C, Deslandes R. Community Pharmacist Views on the Early Stages of Implementation of a Pathfinder Sore Throat Test and Treat Service in Wales: An exploratory study. Integrated Pharmacy Research and Practice. 2019. 8: 105-113. Doi:


  • Deslandes R, James D. How a behaviour change learning activity engaged pharmacy undergraduate students with health psychology theory. Pharmacy Education, 2018; 18 (1) 240.
  • Mantzourani E, Yasin I, Jones E, Deslandes R. Health and Lifestyle Clinics in Community Pharmacy: a Pilot Placement for Pharmacy Undergraduates. Pharmacy Education, 2018; 18 (1) 236.
  • James D, Yemm R and Deslandes R. A novel behaviour change learning activity for pharmacy undergraduate students. Pharmacy Education, 2018; 18 (1) 311 – 318
  • Courtenay M, Castro-Sánchez E, Deslandes R, Hodson K, Lim R, Morris G, Reeves S, Weiss M. Defining antimicrobial stewardship competencies for undergraduate health professional education in the United Kingdom: A study protocol, Journal of Interprofessional Care, 2018. DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2018.1463200
  • Courtenay M, Lim R, Castro-Sanchez E, Deslandes R, Hodson K, Morris, G, Reeves S, Weiss M, Ashiru-Oredope D, Bain H, Black A, Bosanquet J, Cockburn A, Duggan, C, Fitzpatrick M, Gallagher R, Grant D, McEwen J, Reid N, Sneddon J, Stewart D, Tonna A, White, P, Development of consensus based national antimicrobial stewardship competencies for UK undergraduate healthcare professional education, Journal of Hospital Infection. 2018, doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2018.06.022.
  • Courtenay M, Deslandes R, Harries-Huntley G, Hodson K, Morris. G. Classic e-Delphi survey to provide national consensus and establish priorities with regards to the factors that promote the implementation and continued development of non-medical prescribing within health services in Wales. BMJ Open 2018;8:e024161. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024161
  • Mantzourani E, Lucas C, Hughes L and Deslandes R. 2018. A reflective tool to enable student personal development during and after experiential placements. Life Long Learning in Pharmacy Conference (LLLP). Pharmacy Education, 2018; 18 (1) 48.


  • PH1122  The role of the pharmacist in professional practice
  • PH2110  Clinical & professional pharmacy
  • PH3113  Diseases and drugs II
  • PH4116  Pharmacy research or scholarship project


I completed my Master of Pharmacy degree with first class honours in Cardiff University in 2001. I then undertook my pre-registration training within a hospital pharmacy department in North Wales. During my final year of the undergraduate programme I completed a research project and developed a real interest in practice research. When I completed my pre-registration year and registred with the General Pharmaceutical Council (Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain as it was then) in 2002 I took the opportunity to return to Cardiff to start my PhD. This focussed on non-medical prescribers and the journey of the very first pharmacist supplemetary prescribers to train in Wales. I graduated with my PhD in 2006. Later that same year I was appointed as a lecturer in pharmacy practice and have since been promoted to Senior Lecturer.

My roles within the school are varied and include teaching and assessment in each year of the MPharm course. I am the chair of the School Research Ethics Committee and maintain an active research role, supervising both final year undergraduate projects and PhD students.

Academic qualifications and affiliations to professional and learned bodies

  • 2010: Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning. Modules 1 and 2. Cardiff University, UK
  • 2006: Ph.D. Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University.
  • 2003: Diploma in Social Science Research, Distinction, Cardiff University, UK.
  • 2001: M.Pharm (Hons) 1st Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff, UK
  • 2009-present: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2002-present: General Pharmaceutical Council (previously RPSGB)


Current supervision

Saeed Alghamdi Alghamdi

Saeed Alghamdi Alghamdi

Research student