The University of Wolverhampton

Paul Rutter

NameProfessor Paul Rutter
Job titleProfessor of Pharmacy Practice
FacultyFaculty of Science and Engineering
Research GroupPharmacy Research Group
Telephone01902 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.

Areas of expertise

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

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.

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.

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.