Nicola is Consultant Cancer Pharmacist in the Oxford Cancer and Haematology Centre at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUHFT) and Visiting Professor at the School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy, University of Reading. Nicola leads a team of over 50 staff who provide clinical pharmacy services to the Oncology and Haematology directorate at the Oxford Cancer & Haematology Centre, where she has reconfigured services to improve medicines optimization and clinical pharmacy services to patients. She has led the development of a clinical pharmacy and near patient dispensing service to the cancer day treatment units, oral anti-cancer treatment education clinics, and non-medical prescribing within the multidisciplinary teams. Nicola works as an independent prescriber in the multidisciplinary team treating colorectal cancer as part of her clinical practice. Her areas of expert practice include cancer clinical trials, advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs), gene therapy, anti-emetics, cancer treatments and supportive care, electronic chemotherapy prescribing, pharmacist prescribing, patient adherence and pharmacy practice research.
Nicola has a portfolio of research in collaboration with the University of Reading, Brookes University, and Keele University. Nicola developed the Academic Pharmacy Practice Unit with the OUHFT and Reading University with key stakeholders in both organisations. She is a principal investigator on several pharmacy research protocols, supervises MSc and PhD research projects, and supports her team in developing their clinical academic research careers with successful NIHR funding. Nicola is an external peer reviewer for Pharmacy Research UK and UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) research grant applications.
Nicola is a specialist examiner in pharmacology for the Royal College of Radiologists part I exam, and is an active member of the British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA) Audit and Research Committee. She is an expert reviewer for Cochrane, and an editorial peer reviewer for the International Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice, the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, and the European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy. Nicola has been a key member on a variety of advisory boards, peer review panels and national working groups.
Nicola is currently joint chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Consultant Pharmacist Group, and is working with stakeholders to ensure there are processes in place to accredit and commission new consultant pharmacist posts across health economies where the need is identified, and within the pharmacist career structure and career map. She was part of the working group that updated the Department of Health Consultant Pharmacist Guidance, which was published in January 2020.
Nicola was one of the first RPS Faculty Fellows (FFRPS) when the Faculty was introduced in 2013. She was previously recognized as a Fellow of the College of Pharmacy Practice (FCPP), Faculty of Cancer Pharmacy (FCP).