Fran Lloyd was appointed as Assistant Director for distance learning in 2003. Since joining the centre she has been responsible for the development of the centre’s distance learning courses, which are mainly print-based but more recently have included online courses and video lectures. In addition to development of new courses, her remit extends to maintaining currency and accuracy of over 25 published courses and in 2008 she introduced a continuous systematic review procedure to address this. Updates to distance learning courses are available to download from this website.
In addition to core distance learning, she was responsible for developing and implementing a postgraduate certificate in independent and supplementary prescribing for pharmacists. This is the only pharmacist prescribing course accredited in Northern Ireland and indeed was the first pharmacist independent prescribing course accredited in the UK. To date, over 120 pharmacists have undertaken this training and qualified as prescribers. Fran is a member of the regional non-medical prescribing steering group at the Department of Health and her research area is on pharmacist prescribing. In 2009 she completed her PhD on the topic of pharmacist prescribing.
Fran has a background in education having worked as a Teaching Fellow at Queen’s University and a Teacher Practitioner at The University of Nottingham. She has a post-graduate clinical diploma and a post-graduate certificate in academic practice and is a member of the Higher Education Academy.