18 January: Professor Richard Holland

Posted by dmrbp1 at Oct 10, 2017 03:45 PM |
Part of the Inaugural Lecture Series for the academic year 2017-18

Part of the Inaugural Lecture Series for the academic year 2017-18

This lecture was given by Professor Richard Holland, Head of the Leicester Medical School, titled: ‘From Homer to Heroin…a public health journey’.

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Lecture synopsis:

This lecture explored Richard's public health, research and educational career, from his initial trials and tribulations delivering unanticipated outcomes in pharmacy practice, to exploring the health needs of crack users, the importance of substance misuse research, and how a public health approach can underpin educational improvement.


Richard qualified in 1991 entering Public Health after a variety of junior doctor posts. Those jobs took him from Oxford, to Bristol, Bath and Torbay before a year in Australia, which included work with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. On his return in 1997, he entered Public Health working in Somerset before moving to Cambridge and subsequently to UEA in 1999. He was awarded an MRC Fellowship in 2001 and has gained almost £4 million as a principal investigator and over £7 million as a co-applicant since then, principally funding randomised controlled trials in pharmacy practice and substance misuse. He was promoted to a Chair at UEA in 2011 and his latest award is an NIHR programme grant with colleagues testing the effectiveness of a pharmacist independent prescribing intervention within care homes across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Simultaneously, he continues to work with colleagues exploring the effectiveness of e-cigarettes.

He has always had a passion for teaching and played an active role in the early days of UEA’s new innovative PBL medical course. He became Course Director in 2008 and Deputy Head of School in 2012. His team successfully navigated a period of student growth, whilst enhancing standards of admission, teaching quality and assessment, as well as re-designing the final two years’ clinical curriculum primarily to establish a longer student assistantship. By 2015-16 Norwich graduates were reporting that they were some of the best prepared in the country, alongside high levels of student satisfaction.

Aside from his undergraduate role, he chairs the Part A exam for the Faculty of Public Health, and has trained many academic clinical trainees at all levels. He is delighted to have been appointed as Head of Leicester Medical School and is enjoying the opportunity that the post and our excellent course provides.

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