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
Areas of expertise
- Maximising the contribution of community pharmacists in
Professional Bodies and Special Interest Groups
- Member of the Education Reference Group, Royal Pharmaceutical
- Member of The Faculty Quality Assurance Panel, Royal
- 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
- Pharmacists clinical decision making in differential
- 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.
- Community Pharmacy: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment 3rd
edition. Churchill Livingstone; July 2013. ISBN-13:
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:
- Brown D, Portlock J, Rutter P. From Community
Pharmacy to Healthy Living Pharmacy: Early Experiences from
Portsmouth, England. Res Social Adm Pharm
- Rutter P. Over-the-Counter Medicines: Their
Place in Self-care. British Journal of Nursing 2012; 21(13):
- 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):