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Manchester pharmacist named in Honours List

14 Jun 2008

A Manchester pharmacist who has played a leading role in shaping pharmacy practice over the last 25 years has been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Peter Noyce, Professor of Pharmacy Practice at The University of Manchester, has been awarded a CBE in recognition of his national contribution to pharmacy policy.

Professor Noyce joined the University in 1991 when he founded the Drug Use and Pharmacy Practice Group, one of three research groups within the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

He is professional adviser to the Department of Health’s Pharmacy Regulation and Leadership Oversight Group (PRLOG), which is responsible for overseeing the establishment of the General Pharmaceutical Council, a new regulatory body for the pharmacy workforce, and supporting the development of a new professional leadership body to replace the current Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB).

Professor Noyce’s contribution to pharmacy started when he was Director of Pharmacy at the Royal Free Hospital in London and appointed the youngest member of the Nuffield Enquiry on Pharmacy in 1983.

In 1988, as Deputy Chief Pharmacist at the Department of Health, he was responsible for the policy to introduce clinical pharmacy services in all NHS hospitals in England. In 2004, he chaired the RPSGB group that produced the strategic report on ‘Making Pharmacy Education Fit for the Future’. Last year he was appointed to advise the review led by Lord Carter of Coles on the separation of regulatory functions and professional leadership within pharmacy.

In recognition of his contribution, Professor Noyce, who lives with his wife Sue in Lymm, Cheshire, was made a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 1994, and in 2004 was awarded its highest accolade, the Charter Gold Medal.

The Noyce family are all involved in healthcare. Sue – also a pharmacist – is working with Central & Eastern Cheshire PCT on a programme of intermediate care development, which involves commissioning new community hospitals in Congleton, Knutsford and Northwich. Son Alastair is a junior doctor at Bart’s and The Royal London Hospitals in London, and daughter Rosie is an assistant clinical psychologist working with individuals with autistic spectrum disorder.

In September, in Basel, Switzerland, Professor Noyce will be nominated Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique Fellow 2008 for his leadership in advancing the practice of pharmacy internationally.

Professor Noyce is currently Deputy Chair of the Pharmacy sub-panel of the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, and is Practice Chair of the British Pharmaceutical Conference 2009. He was a UK Medicines Commissioner from 2002-2005.

He said: “It is a great fortune and honour to have one’s contribution acknowledged so publicly; however, in truth, most achievements are team efforts.

“Throughout my varied professional career I have been privileged to work with stimulating and supportive colleagues. This has culminated in being part of the uniquely innovative and successful teams in Pharmacy Practice and the national Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education at Manchester.”


Notes for editors

Photos of Professor Noyce available on request.

For further information on Professor Noyce please visit:

For further information contact:

Irene Sung

Professional and External Affairs Administrator

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Manchester

Tel: 0161 275 2324


Or Aeron Haworth
Media Officer

Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences

The University of Manchester

Tel: 0161 275 8383