The University of Wolverhampton
Name Professor Paul Rutter
Job title Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Pharmacy
Subject(s) Pharmacy
Research Group Pharmacy Research Group
Telephone 01902 322173                                                            


Paul qualified as a pharmacist in 1992 and worked as a community pharmacist and teacher practitioner before moving into academia.

His main teaching and research interests centre on patient self-care and maximising community pharmacy’s involvement. He is especially keen on the diagnostic skills of pharmacists and has written widely in this area, including publication of the textbook ‘Community Pharmacy – symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, now in its third edition.

Paul currently supervises 8 PhD students in studies involving community pharmacy service development, provision of medicine advice and clinical reasoning by community pharmacists.

  • Maximising the contribution of community pharmacists in self-care.

Current research projects

  • What effect do medicine information (MI) answers provided to primary care prescribers have on patient care.
  • Out of hours medicine information provision in UK hospitals.
  • Pharmacists clinical decision making in differential diagnosis.
  • Facilitators for Early Adoption of Practice Change within the Community Pharmacy in England.
  • Evaluation of Healthy Living Pharmacies.
  • Improving Elderly Care discharge from hospital.
  • Community Pharmacist intervention to Inappropriate Prescribed Antibiotics for URTI.

Professional Bodies and Special Interest Groups

  • Member of the Education Reference Group, Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
  • Member of The Faculty Quality Assurance Panel, Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Self-care forum champion.

Recent publications


  • Community Pharmacy: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment 3rd edition. Churchill Livingstone; July 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0702050183.

Selected Research Papers (2011 onwards)

  • Bhogal S, Rutter PM. Decision Making by Community Pharmacists When Making an Over-the-counter Diagnosis: A Pilot Study. SelfCare 2013; 4(1):20. Poster1
  • Warner, JG, Portlock J, Smith J, Rutter P. Increasing Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Uptake Using Community Pharmacies: The Isle of Wight Experience. IJPP DOI: 10.1111/ijpp.12037
  • Brown D, Portlock J, Rutter P. From Community Pharmacy to Healthy Living Pharmacy: Early Experiences from Portsmouth, England. Res Social Adm Pharm DOI:10.1016/j.sapharm.2013.04.014
  • Rutter P. Over-the-Counter Medicines: Their Place in Self-care. British Journal of Nursing 2012; 21(13): 806-810.
  • Brown D, Portlock J, Rutter P. Services to support the Healthy Living Pharmacy - a literature review. Int J Clin Pharm 2012; 34(3): 399-409.
  • Rutter PM, Jones W. Enquiry analysis and user opinion of the Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline: A prospective Study. In J Breastfeeding 2012; 7:6.
  • Rutter P, Tsang G. Nurse Independent Prescribers (NIPs) Views on Recent and Proposed Medicine Switches from Prescription Only Medicines (POM) to Pharmacy (P) Medicines. Nurse Prescribing 2011; 9(4): 195-199.
  • McEntee JE, Henderson SL, Rutter PM, Rutter J, Davis HJ, Randall CJ. A survey of UK dental health professionals using a medicines information service: what questions do they ask and do they get useful answers? BDJ 2011; 211: 17-21.
  • Rutter P. Over-the-counter Medicines: Perils and Pitfalls. Nurse Prescribing 2011; 9(12): 609–614.
  • Ahmed S, Rutter P. UK community pharmacists experiences on over-the-counter tamsulosin. SelfCare 2011; 2(6): 152-159.