Professor Patricia Black

Title: Professor Emeritus
Phone: 01782 734132
Email: p.e.black@keele.ac.uk
Location: Hornbeam Building, Room 2.08
Role: ISTM Research theme: Sustainable Pharmacy
Contacting me: Please contact me via e-mail in the first instance and to arrange appointments.
Pat Black

I am the strategic lead for postgraduate taught courses in the School of Pharmacy. I have overall responsibility for the design, development and delivery of a portfolio of postgraduate Master’s courses for health professionals working in or with the NHS, principally pharmacists working in the key areas of the profession, and also medical and non-medical prescribers.  The courses are delivered principally using distance learning methods. My areas of expertise include open, distance and flexible learning, and the use of structured reflective learning portfolios for professional practice development.

My research publications in relation to reflective learning demonstrate the positive transformational effect that my work has had on learners.

I have made a significant contribution to three of the major national policy and professional practice areas for Pharmacy that emerged in the last decade, i.e. non-medical prescribing, practitioners with special interests, and advanced professional practice. I led the Keele teams that developed the first Supplementary and Independent Prescribing Preparatory Courses for Pharmacists to be accredited in the UK. I also led the development of Keele’s Advanced Professional Practice and Doctorate in Pharmacy (DPharm) programmes. I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2011 by the Higher Education Academy.

ISTM Research theme: Sustainable Pharmacy

Most of my academic career has been spent collaborating with other academic colleagues on projects that have been funded by the NHS or health professional regulators to provide answers to questions that will help inform the future development of health services or the education of health professionals.

Projects over the last 4-5 years have covered Pre-Registration Pharmacy Training; Foundation Year Doctor Prescribing; Care Closer to Home/Practitioners with Special Interests; Medicines Management for End-of-Life Care.

My own area of particular interest is the use of structured reflective learning portfolios in the workplace for advanced and specialist practice, such as pharmacist prescribing and practitioners with special interests.

I have published a new conceptual multi-dimensional model of reflective learning for professional development that attempts to show that learning for professional development is complex and sophisticated: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/14623941003665810.

My research publications in relation to reflective learning demonstrate the positive transformational effect that my work has had on learners.

Selected Publications

  • Black PE and Plowright D. 2010. A multi-dimensional model of reflective learning for professional development. Reflective Practice, vol. 11(2), 245-258. doi>
  • Mills E, Bracegirdle L, Blenkinsopp A, Black P. 2010. Future quality management strategies for pharmacy pre-registration training: Survey of trainees and tutors.
  • Mills E and Black P. 2010. Self-directed learning and advanced practice development in pharmacy. The Pharmaceutical Journal, vol. 283, 535-536.
  • Mills E, Black P, Blenkinsopp A. 2008. Future quality management strategies for pharmacy pre-registration training.
  • Black PE and Plowright D. 2008. How postgraduate pharmacy students develop professional understanding: Re-conseptualising deep, reflective learning. Pharmacy Education, vol. 8(1), 29-35. doi>

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Journal Articles

  • Black PE and Plowright D. 2010. A multi-dimensional model of reflective learning for professional development. Reflective Practice, vol. 11(2), 245-258. doi>
  • Mills E and Black P. 2010. Self-directed learning and advanced practice development in pharmacy. The Pharmaceutical Journal, vol. 283, 535-536.
  • Black PE and Plowright D. 2008. How postgraduate pharmacy students develop professional understanding: Re-conseptualising deep, reflective learning. Pharmacy Education, vol. 8(1), 29-35. doi>
  • Black PE and Taylor B. 2008. Pharmacists with Special Interests’. Pharmacy Magazine, vol. 14(5), CPD I-CPD VIII.
  • Black PE and Kinsey J. 2007. Becoming a Pharmacist Prescriber. Pharmacy Magazine.
  • Black PE and Plowright D. 2007. Exploring pharmacists’ views about the contribution that reflective learning can make to the development of professional practice. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, vol. 15(2), 149-155. doi>
  • Attewell J, Blenkinsopp A, Black P. 2006. Community pharmacists and continuing professional development: a research paper. Work Based Learning in Primary Care, vol. 4(4), 355-363.
  • Aston J and Black P. 2006. Does participation in formal postgraduate studies have a positive impact on pharmacists' professional activities?. Pharmaceutical Journal, vol. 276, 175-179.
  • Attewell, Blenkinsopp A, Black P. 2006. Introduction: continuing professional development and pharmacists. Work Based Learning in Primary Care, vol. 4(4), 345-346.
  • Attewell J, Blenkinsopp A, Black P. 2006. Pharmacists and the implementation of continuing professional development: CPD in the real world - some case studies. Work Based Learning in Primary Care, vol. 4(4), 362-367.
  • Attewell J, Blenkinsopp A, Black P. 2006. Pharmacy and continuing professional development. Work Based Learning in Primary Care, vol. 4(4), 347-354.
  • BLENKINSOPP A and BLACK P. 2003. The changing role of the pharmacist. Midlands Medicine.
  • BLACK P, MISSON J, Bracegirdle L. 2003. The formative developmental evaluation of an online module in health promotion using asynchronous computer-mediated communication. Pharmacy Education.
  • Boath E, Mucklow J, Black P. 1997. Consulting the oracle: a Delphi study to determine the content of a postgraduate distance learning course in therapeutics. Br J Clin Pharmacol, vol. 43(6), 643-647. link> doi>

Other

  • Allinson MD and Black PE. 2014. Students’ views of an online ethical decision-making tool.
  • Mills E, Blenkinsopp A, McKinley RK, Black P. 2011. The Assessment of Observed Practice: A Literature Review.
  • Mills E, Blenkinsopp A, McKinley RK, Black P. 2011. The Assessment of Observed Practice: A Literature Review.
  • Mills E, Bracegirdle L, Blenkinsopp A, Black P. 2010. Future quality management strategies for pharmacy pre-registration training: Survey of trainees and tutors.
  • Mills E, Bracegirdle L, Blenkinsopp A, Black P. 2010. Future quality management strategies for pharmacy pre-registration training: Survey of trainees and tutors.
  • Mills E, Black P, Blenkinsopp A. 2008. Future quality management strategies for pharmacy pre-registration training.
  • Blenkinsopp A, Lowe C, Black P. 2008. Prescribing by Foundation Year doctors; Development work in the West Midlands.
  • Black PE and Plowright D. 2005. Learning through reflection: an initial study of pharmacists on a distance learning postgraduate programme. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice.
  • Attewell J, Blenkinsopp A, Black P. 2002. Community pharmacists and continuing professional development: a study of perceptions and current involvement. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice.
  • Archer J, Blenkinsopp A, Black P. Implementing the Accreditation of Pharmacists with a Special Interest.
  • Black PE. Reflective Learning for Professional Development.
  • Aston J and Black P. What barriers might prevent a pharmacist from changing their professional activities following postgraduate study?.