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Peter Noyce (1946-2017)


Peter was an exceptional leader for the Pharmacy profession and demonstrated outstanding contributions over his long professional career. He promoted Clinical Pharmacy, understanding the troika of policy, education and research. Through experience as deputy chief pharmacist at the Department of Health he led policy through authorship of the “Nuffield Committee of Enquiry on Pharmacy” and “The Way Forward for Hospital Pharmaceutical Services”. Pharmacists, Patients and their carers have benefitted from this approach over the years. His education leadership emanated from this and as Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Manchester was one of 5 Heads of Schools of Pharmacy who developed the academic framework for the 4-year MPharm course, and oversaw its implementation. In Manchester, he was able to influence the appointment of teacher practitioner roles that enabled student pharmacists to experience clinical practice early in their academic careers. He led policy initiatives to establish a centre and national field force for supporting professional development of community pharmacists, and subsequently oversaw the implementation, diversification and operation of CPPE for 20 years. In Pharmacy Practice Research, he developed the Enterprise Scheme as a policy initiative to develop research capacity in Health Services Research relevant to Pharmacy. He instigated the annual UK Health Services Research and Pharmacy Practice Conference – as a forum for pharmacy practice research. He was a member of RPSGB Taskforce on “Promoting Evidence-based Practice” (Pharmacy Practice R&D). He was Deputy Chair, Pharmacy sub-panel member for the HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise. He founded the multidisciplinary Drug Usage and Pharmacy Practice Group at Manchester, which is acknowledged as one of the top pharmacy practice research communities in UK and has led a programme of health services research in pharmacy practice, policy and regulation at the University of Manchester for 20 years where he has supervised 23 PhD students and authored over 150 full academic papers. He was awarded the RPS lifetime achievement Award in 2012. He was a strategic thinker, an empathetic teacher and researcher and an amiable but firm colleague who saw things through to their conclusion. He will be missed by all his colleagues.

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26 JUN 2017

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