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My name is Emma Dunlop and I am a Research Associate working in the Pharmacoepidemiology & Healthcare Research Group (PEHCR) in SIPBS, University of Strathclyde. I have been part of this group since 2010. My focus is mainly in qualitative research methods. 

I graduated from the University of Strathclyde with an Honours degree in Psychology in 2009. I then briefly worked for NHS GG&C's Positive Mental Attitudes Mental Health Project as a support worker and also trained as a person-centred counsellor.

My research is always multidisciplinary and collaborative, working with colleagues from the NHS, third sectors, Government, patients, industry and beyond. Currently my main area of focus is patient reported outcome measures in cancer, and how we can work with the NHS, Scottish Government, patients, the public and other key partners to begin to collect that data more routinely in Scotland. The ambition is to facilitate this new and evolving data set to provide cancer medicines intelligence, which could help inform the treatment decisions that patients make with their clinicians and help support health services in delivering the right care to the right patient at the right time. I also have an interest in digital health, having worked on research exploring everything from mobile apps, to robotic pharmacy distribution systems. I have additional interest in seldom heard, underserved and vulnerable populations/clinical areas, including but not limited to: refugees, the prison population and mental health. Finally, I am passionate about patient and public involvement (PPI) in research.

My current and most recent research Interests/projects conducted here at SIPBS Include:

  • Cancer Medicines Outcomes Programme (CMOP) (Phase 1 2016-2019, Phase 2 2020-2023, Phase 3 2023-2024): Scottish Government funded programme in collaboration with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHS GG&C)- my work stream involves exploring the collection and utilisation of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) as part of routine care. My focus in Phase 2 was sharing and disseminating CMOP outputs to the wider patient and public / public engagement, as well as working more in patient and public engagement in general. I am also co-chair of the Scottish Cancer PROMs Advisory Group, which reports to the Scottish Government (est. early 2021). 


  • Evaluation of Automated Technology (EAT) in Community Pharmacy (2017 - 2018): Scottish Government Funded pilot evaluating the workforce, clinical and business outcomes of automation in community pharmacy.  
  • Macmillan Pharmacist Facilitator Project Greater Glasgow & Clyde (2010-2015) (WINNER of the 2015 Scottish Pharmacist Awards for Innovation & Change in Pharmacy Practice)
    • Conducting interviews with patients and carers on the palliative care they receive from community pharmacy. Involved with various other aspects of the project.
    • Evaluation (April-October 2014) Evaluating certain aspects of the existing service, with particular attention paid to community-based patient advice services among other elements.
    • Evaluation (November 2014-October 2015) Evaluating face to face and online-based palliative care training for community pharmacy counter staff
  • Macmillan Rural Palliative Care Pharmacist Practitioner Project (2012-2014)
    • Working in the Skye, Kyle & Lochalsh area, this project aims to establish the gaps and strengths of the end of life/palliative pharmacy-based services in this rural project area. Funded by Boots PLC, NHS Highland and Macmillan  
  • NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Pharmacy Re-design (2010-2016)
    • Conducting interviews and focus groups with pharmacy staff experiencing the largest pharmacy distribution re-design in the world. Worked in conjunction with Management Science in the Business School. Work spanned 2 phases.
  • SMC Evaluation Programme
    • Interviewing Clinical Experts on their engagement with the Scottish Medicines Consortium. Interviewing Finance and Pharmacy representatives from NHS Health Boards on their use of the Forward Look Horizon Scanning Report

Academic / Professional qualifications

Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Strathclyde.

Obtained qualification in Counselling Skills from Napier University, and volunteered as a Counsellor for the Alcohol Counselling Team in Lanarkshire.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts, Under The Knife, University of Strathclyde

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

External positions

Faculty Education Liaison Advisor (FELA), Univ Strathclyde

1 Feb 20132017


  • Qualitative research methods
  • Pharmacy Practice
  • Public Engagement
  • cancer
  • medicines
  • knowledge exchange
  • patient reported outcome measures
  • Palliative Care
  • Community Pharmacy
  • End of Life
  • Service Implimentation
  • teams
  • interviews
  • focus groups
  • PROMs
  • Quality of Life
  • Policy
  • Patient and public involvement


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