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Professor Karen Hassell (PhD, MA(Econ), BSc (Hons), DipMRS, Cert.) - personal details

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Professor Karen Hassell

Role: Professor of Social Pharmacy

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 2422


Room 1.182, Stopford Building

Oxford Rd


M13 9PL

Fax: + 44 161 275 2416

Telephone: +44 (0)161 275 2342 ( Secretary: Paula Rosson)




Karen Hassell – a sociologist – is Professor of Social Pharmacy within the Drug Usage and Pharmacy Practice (DUPP) Group, having previously worked as an applied researcher from 1983 doing market, social and health services related research. Karen joined DUPP at its inception in 1991, first running a DH-funded Centre (the PPRRC) designed to raise awareness of the need for an evidence base in pharmacy practice, and teach research skills to practising community pharmacists.  Since then Karen has led a number of ground breaking studies in community pharmacy.  In 2000 she was one of three health services researchers selected for a Career Scientist Award under the National Primary Care R & D Scheme, for a 5-year programme of work on the pharmacy workforce. She is Director of the Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Studies at The Workforce Academy, and from January 2008  - August 2012 the Research Director for the School of Pharmacy.

Karen has received a number of awards and accolades, including:

Commended prize in the BMA Medical Book Competition 1999 for ‘Demanding Patients: Analysing the Use of Primary Care’ by Rogers A, Hassell K and Nicolaas G. Open University Press.

Karen and the team she worked alongside, including Peter Noyce, Judy Cantrill and Zoe Whittington, were awarded Second prize in the Pharmaceutical Care Award: Shared Care Division 2001, for their innovative study known as the ‘Care at the Chemist’ scheme.

In 2003 Karen was the first non-pharmacist recipient of the Chemist and Druggist Practice Research Medal for her programme of research on the pharmacy workforce.

In 2006 Karen was also elected the first ever Practice Chair of the British Pharmaceutical Conference.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

  • Member of Faculty Research Group
  • Member of Faculty Equality and Diversity Committee
  • Member of Methods@Manchester Board
  • Editorial Board, Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy
  • Editorial Board, Journal Health Services Research and Policy
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
  • Member of Academic Pharmacy Group
  • Member of The British Sociological Association
  • Member of DH Pharmacy Workforce Planning Advisory Group
  • Expert Advisory Panel, Royal Pharmaeutical Society


  • 2004 - Certifcate in Employment Research - University of Warwick
  • 1997 - PhD - University of Manchester
  • 1994 - MA (Econ) - with distinction - Applied Social Research, University of Manchester
  • 1983 - BSc (Hons) Sociology and Social Research - 2:1 - University of Northumbria
  • 1983 - Dip MRS - Diploma of the Market Research Society - University of Northumbria


  • MPharm: Social Pharmacy, workforce and governance
  • MPharm: Influences on Professional Practice
  • MPharm: Research Methods
  • Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy and Health Services Pharmacy: Medicines managament and practice research
  • Karen also supervises the practice projects of 3 to 4 undergraduate students per semester