Nick Barber joined the Health Foundation in 2012 as Director of Research.

Nick lectured as a pharmacologist before entering hospital pharmacy, where he was a chief pharmacist at the National Heart Hospital and at Oldchurch General Hospital. He became a Professor at UCL School of Pharmacy in 1992 and founded their Department of Practice and Policy.

He has published over 160 peer reviewed papers, particularly in the areas of medication safety, technology assessment, patient adherence and pharmacy practice; this work led to the creation of the national New Medicine Service in community pharmacies. He has been a visiting Professor in Patient Safety at Harvard Medical School, has presented the BBC2 series ‘The Victorian Pharmacy’ and is a former Vice-President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. In September 2013, he received the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's lifetime achievement award.

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