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Open to PhD applications in the fields of health services research, primary care, prescribing, medicines optimisation, older people.


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Dr Heather Barry graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a First Class Honours degree in Pharmacy in 2006, and a PhD in Pharmacy Practice in 2012. She subsequently held post-doctoral positions at the University of Exeter Medical School (2012-2014) and Queen's University Belfast (2014-2017). She was appointed to a Lectureship in Pharmacy Practice in August 2017.

Dr Barry is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

Dr Barry's main research interests lie in service delivery and organisation of care within the primary care setting, with a focus on care of older people (particularly those with dementia and frailty), rational prescribing and medicines management. The primary care landscape is changing, linked to an ageing population, increasing multimorbidity and polypharmacy, declining patient satisfaction with access to services, and workforce issues. Dr Barry is particularly interested in how pharmacists can be utilised more widely in order to meet the increasing pressures and challenges within general practice and primary care. She is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, having utilised a variety of study designs in her research to date, and her research is highly interdisciplinary.

Dr Barry has authored over 70 peer-reviewed publications in leading international journals and has made numerous conference presentations on her research. In 2018, she was a visiting scholar at McMaster University in Canada, working in the Department of Family Medicine with Professor Dee Mangin's team. She is a member of the Society for Academic Primary Care and British Geriatrics Society, an Associate Editor of BMC Health Services Research, and a reviewer for more than 30 international journals.


Dr Barry has experience of teaching both pharmacy and medicine undergraduate students. She has also delivered regional workshops and courses to pharmacists on behalf of the Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning & Development (NICPLD). She currently teaches extensively across the MPharm undergraduate degree programme and postgraduate distance learning courses.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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