Dr Heather Bell BSc, PhD, MPSNI


Heather Bell was appointed Assistant Director for Live Education and Training in 1999. Having graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1994, she completed her pre-registration year in the community pharmacy sector before returning to QUB to study for a PhD which focused on the extension of the role of the community pharmacist. Following completion of her PhD, Heather was appointed to a one year temporary Lectureship in the field of Pharmacy Practice where she was involved in undergraduate teaching. Her interest in effective learning and teaching methods has continued since this time and in recent years she has completed both a Certificate in Adult Education and an Advanced Certificate in Lifelong Learning. She is currently a member of the Higher Education Academy.

In her role as Assistant Director, Heather has responsibility for the provision of NICPLD’s Live Education and Training Programme which provides learning opportunity for pharmacists working in all sectors of the profession. This includes the development of programmes of learning linked to ongoing service developments within the community pharmacy sector eg. Substitution Therapy, Medication Review, Repeat Dispensing.

Dr Bell is fully committed to the concept of continuing professional development and actively contributed to the Steering Group on CPD that developed the CPD system that is currently used by all pharmacists in N. Ireland. She continues to support the implementation of CPD in N. Ireland by engaging in research in this area. Heather’s other main area for development within NICPLD is the field of multi-disciplinary learning and she currently sits on a committee with members of the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA) to drive this agenda forward.