Short CV - Dr Nicola Gray

A pharmacist health services researcher with experience in community, hospital and academic pharmacy. She has expertise in pharmacy practice, policy and research. Dr. Gray’s research interests are in self care, self-medication, health literacy, and child and adolescent health. She was a recipient of a Pharmaceutical Care Award in 1999 for the creation of the first pharmacy-based emergency contraception service in Manchester. She was awarded a prestigious Harkness Fellowship in International Health Care Policy in 2001, which supported a year studying adolescents’ use of the Internet for health information, and US health services and policy, in the USA in 2001/2. She was awarded Fellowship of the US Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine in March 2010 for research and national leadership in the field of young people’s health.

Employment and Education

University Education

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

n1987-1990 Pharmacy BSc(Hons) II i – Awarded July 1990

n1996 – 1999 Doctor of Philosophy – Pharmacy Practice –  awarded March 2000

School of Education, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD

n2003- 2008 Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education – awarded March 2009


Professional Qualifications

nMember of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (now Royal Pharmaceutical Society) since 1991

nRegistered with the General Pharmaceutical Council as a practising pharmacist since its founding in 2010

nFellow of the Higher Education Academy since May 2009


Current and Previous Positions


January 2001-present

Independent Pharmacist Researcher


February 2010 – December 2011

Reader in Medicines and Health - School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Preston


January 2003 – January 2010 (Full-time 2003-05: Part-time 2006-10)

Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice - Division for Social Research in Medicines and Health, School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham


September 2001 – September 2002

Harkness Fellow in International Health Care Policy - Division of Adolescent Medicine, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA and

Drug Usage and Pharmacy Practice Group, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Manchester, UK


January – December 2000

Research Associate / Project Manager - Centre for Practice and Policy, The School of Pharmacy, University of London


September 1996 – November 1999

PhD Student - Drug Usage and Pharmacy Practice Group, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences,

University of Manchester


Relevant Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Trustee (since 2009) and Founding Committee Member, Association for Young People’s Health – 2007-present
  • Fellow (since 2010) and Member, US Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine – 2001-present & President of International Chapter of SAHM 2014-present
  • Member, CHM Patient and Public Engagement Expert Advisory Group – 2012-2016
  • Committee Member, RCGP Adolescent Health Group, 2003-2009 and 2011-2014
  • Council Member, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain – 2000-2005

Current and Recent Projects & Papers

2015-present: Evaluation of a school-based pharmacy inhaler technique service (Funder: Community Pharmacy Greater Manchester / NHS Northwest).

2014-2015: A project to explore the application of 'You're Welcome' young people friendly services criteria to community pharmacy (PI: Dr F Alsaleh: Funder: UCL School of Pharmacy). 

2014-15: A project to explore the community pharmacy emergency supply service (PI: Prof C Morecroft; Funder: Pharmacy Research UK)  

2014-15: A project to explore and prioritise current and future roles for pharmacists to support young people with long-term conditions, through the exemplar of juvenile arthritis (Funder: Pharmacy Research UK).

2012-13: A project about the links between identity, medicines and adherence among young people with juvenile arthritis (Funder: Pharmacy Practice Research Trust).

2012-13: A project to develop a ‘Research Ready’ accreditation for community pharmacists (Funder: Pharmacy Practice Research Trust).

2012: Supporting the writing of a vision document for pharmacy in the new Greater Manchester cluster (Funder: Greater Manchester Pharmacy Local Professional Network).

2011-12: Evaluation project about the provision of brief interventions about alcohol from community pharmacies (Funder: Liverpool PCT/Lundbeck Ltd).

2009-12: Baseline studies of community and hospital practice in Ireland (Funder: The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland).


Selected Relevant Publications


Peer Reviewed Research


Morecroft, CW; Mackridge, AJ; Stokes, EC; Gray, NJ; Wilson, SE; Ashcroft, DM; Mensah, N; Pickup, GB. (2015) Emergency supply of prescription-only medicines to patients by community pharmacists: a mixed methods evaluation incorporating patient, pharmacist and GP perspectives. BMJ Open; 5: e006934.

Morecroft CW; Mackridge AJ; Stokes, EC; Gray, NJ; Wilson, SE; Ashcroft, DM; Mensah, N; Pickup, GB. (2015). Involving community pharmacists in pharmacy practice research: experiences of peer interviewing. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy; 37(1): 31-35.

Kenning, C; Protheroe, J; Gray, N; Ashcroft, D; Bower, P. (2015) The potential for using a Universal Medication Schedule (UMS) to improve adherence in patients taking multiple medications in the UK: a qualitative evaluation. BMC Health Services Research; 15: 94.

Prescott, J; Gray, NJ; Smith, FJ; McDonagh, JE. (2015) Blogging as a viable research methodology for young people with arthritis: A qualitative study. Journal of Medical Internet Research; 17(3): e61.

Jenssen, BP; Gray, NJ; Harvey, K; Salazar, L; DiClemente, RJ; Klein, JD. (2014) Language and Love: Generation Y comes of age online. Sage Open; 4(1): 1-8.

Foy, R; Locock, L; Purdy, S; O'Donnell, C; Gray, N; Doran, T; Davies, H. (2013). Research shapes policy: but the dynamics are subtle. Public Money & Management, 33(1), 9-14.

Elliott R A, Watmough D E, Gray N J, Glazebrook C, Conroy S, Lakhanpaul M, Smyth A, Pandya H, Lafond N, Williams J, Avery T, Churchill R, Whitehouse W. Talking about medicines (TABS): involving children and young people with chronic illness in managing their medicines. Final report. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation programme; 2013.

Gray, N; Glazebrook, C; Elliott, R; Williams, J; Lafond, N (2011). “Have you had that?” Control and responsibility in medication adherence. Journal of Adolescent Health; 48: S24.

Jenssen, B; Gray, N; Harvey, K; Daluga-Guenther, N; Salazar, L; Klein, J; DiClemente, R (2010). Language analysis of MySpace profiles. Journal of Adolescent Health; 46 (2): S44.

Smith, F; Gray, N (2009). Empowering young people with long-term conditions to take control of their medicines. Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology; 2 (5): 453-459.

Blenkinsopp, A; Bond, C; Celino, G; Inch, J; Gray, N (2008). Medicines Use Review: adoption and spread of a service innovation. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice;16: 271-276.

Gray, N; Harvey, K; McPherson, A; Macfarlane, A (2008). Medicine dilemmas in adolescents' email messages. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice; 16 (Suppl 1): A34-A35.

Wilson, KM; Klein, JD; Sesselberg, TS; Yussman, SM; Markow, DB; Green, AE; West, JC; Gray, NJ (2006). Use of complementary medicine and dietary supplements among US adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health; 38(4): 385-94.

Gray, NJ; Klein, JD; Noyce, PR; Sesselberg, TS; Cantrill, JA (2005). The Internet: A ‘window’ on adolescent health literacy. Journal of Adolescent Health; 37(3): 243.e1-e7.

Gray, NJ; Noyce, PR; Klein, JD; Sesselberg, TS; Cantrill, JA (2005). Health information seeking in adolescence: The place of the Internet. Social Science and Medicine; 60(7): 1467-1478.

Smith, FJ; Francis, S-A; Gray, NJ; Denham, M; Graffy, JP (2003). A multi-centre survey among informal carers who manage medicines for older care-recipients: problems experienced and the development of services. Health and Social Care in the Community; 11(2): 138-145.


Policy, Education and Topical

Gray, NJ; MacDonald, J; Raynor, DK (2012). Medicines information for children and young people – a step forward in the UK. The Pharmaceutical Journal; 288: 681-682.

Gray, NJ (2011) (Invited Editorial). The adolescence of the Web—from turbulence to enlightenment. Journal of Adolescent Health; 48; 117-118.

Gray, N; McDonagh, J; Keady, S (2010) (CPD article). Care in juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Pharmaceutical Journal; 285: 656-658.

Gray, N; Coughlan, D (2009) (CPD article). Health literacy is not just reading and writing. Pharmaceutical Journal; 283: 333-336.

Gray, N (2009) (Agenda commentary article). Healthy lives, brighter futures – young people as a new focus for pharmacy? Pharmaceutical Journal; 282: 189-90.

Gray, N; Celino, G (2008) (CPD article). Why adherence is a sensitive issue. Pharmaceutical Journal; 281: 169-172.

Gray, NJ; Hughes, FA; Klein, JD (2003) (Viewpoint). Cultural safety, and improving adolescent health. BMJ; 327: 457.