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PIP editorial board member in focus – Francesca Aaen

The Pharmacy in Practice editorial board is an advisory group who help to guide the direction of the content of this site. The role of the editorial board is vital to ensure that all materials produced are of the highest standard. Although the board members do not have direct input into the creation of the content they will help steer the future direction and give robust feedback when appropriate.


In the coming weeks, we will feature each editorial board member and showcase their career highlights.


Francesca Aaen



Francesca is an independent pharmacist consultant and owner of Aaen Care which delivers medicines and healthcare related training, consultancy and advice to both private and public sector providers of health and social care services across the UK.


She writes articles and resources for national and international training providers and provides advice and mentoring to the pharmaceutical industry.


Francesca has an MSc in Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice. She is an independent prescriber and runs polypharmacy clinics in care homes on a sessional basis.


Francesca has broad experience in working in pharmacy services across the NHS and in community pharmacy as well as teaching in non-medical prescribing and MSc courses and speaking and chairing at learning events.


She has a particular interest in improving dementia care and reducing inappropriate prescribing in older people. She was an associate of the Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling and, as Care Homes Lead Pharmacist in NHS Lanarkshire, was the winner of Innovation and Change in Pharmacy Practice Award at the Scottish Pharmacist Awards 2016 for the development of an innovative pharmacist prescriber service for care homes.

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