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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 a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

Dr Barry is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative methods of research. Her 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), prescribing and medicines management. The primary care landscape is changing, linked to an ageing population, increasing numbers of people with multiple long-term conditions, 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.


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).

Undergraduate, MPharm degree programme:

  • PMY4108 Advancement of Practice Through Evidence
  • PMY4107 Advanced Pharmaceutical Care
  • PMY4005 Project
  • PMY4003 Responding to Symptoms
  • PMY3178 Pharmacy Practice
  • PMY3177 Clinical Therapeutics (Asst. Module Coordinator)
  • PMY2107 Applied Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • PMY1017 Practising as a Pharmacist

Postgraduate, Certificate/Diploma/MSc Clinical Pharmacy:

  • PMY7090 Research Project
  • PMY7041 Research in Advanced Practice
  • PMY7026 Critical Literature Review
  • PMY7007 An Introduction to Clinical Practice Research & Clinical Trials

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Research Output

A qualitative study to refine a theory-based intervention to improve appropriate polypharmacy in older people in primary care

Gorman, A., Rankin, A., Barry, H., Cadogan, C., Gormley, G., Fahey, T., Ryan, C., Gardner, E., Agus, A., Leathem, C., Maxwell, M., Molloy, G., Ferrett, A., McCarthy, P. & Hughes, C., 31 Mar 2020, In : International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 28, S1, p. 12 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract

Establishing the roles undertaken and clinical skills needed by general practice-based pharmacists: a web-based survey

Girvin, B., Akpan, U., Hampson, N., Middleton, H., Sims, L. & Barry, H., 27 May 2020, (Accepted) In : Pharmacy Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract


Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Barry, Heather (Recipient), Dec 2019

Prize: Other distinction


2020 Joint Meeting of Northern Ireland British Geriatrics Society and Royal College of Psychiatrists

Heather Barry (Participant)

31 Jan 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Colleen Maxwell

Heather Barry (Host), & Carmel Hughes (Host)

01 Mar 202017 Mar 2020

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD (Journal)

Heather Barry (Peer reviewer)

03 Mar 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Health Services Research and Pharmacy Practice Conference

Heather Barry (Participant)

16 Apr 202017 Apr 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD (Journal)

Heather Barry (Peer reviewer)

02 Jul 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review


Pain in people with dementia: an exploration of prevalence, prescribing and attitudes

Author: Barry, H. E., Dec 2012

Supervisor: Hughes, C. (Supervisor), Passmore, A. (Supervisor) & Parsons, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy