the team pictured from left to right: Rina Matala, David Wright and Miriam Craske
From left to right: Rina Matala, David Wright and Miriam Craske

Meet the team

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Rina Matala

Rina is a lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at University of East Anglia (UEA). She has a community pharmacy background. She has completed a diploma in General Pharmacy Practice and a certificate in Higher Education Practice. Rina has a keen interest in swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) in primary care and on educating patients, carers and healthcare professionals to improve the quality of life and outcomes for sufferers of dysphagia.

Professor David Wright

David is the head of medicines management at University of East Anglia (UEA). He started his academic career by researching the role of the pharmacist in care homes in the north of England. David became interested in swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) and medicine administration following the large number of enquiries he received from nurses and carers regarding this issue. A survey performed in 2002 consolidated his views on the extent of this problem and David has focused his research in this area. In 2006 David chaired a national working party on medicines administration in dysphagia with the resulting guidelines receiving national media coverage. In 2017 he chaired a national guideline update to improve medicine administration to residents in care homes. This guidelines was based on research that has shown medication administration errors in care homes to be frequent. David is currently managing a national project to look at how to improve the management of medicines in care homes (CHIPPS).

Miriam Craske

Miriam is an experienced community pharmacist who has had various roles in the provision of medicines and education to care homes and their staff in the last 18 years. She worked as a Teacher Practitioner in the School of Pharmacy at the University of East Anglia (UEA) for 14 years and is currently a postgraduate researcher at the UEA, reading for a PhD in pharmacy practice, exploring the roles of pharmacists in the provision of medication reviews. She maintains her interest in education and works as an associate tutor delivering teaching to pharmacy undergraduates.

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Medicine Administration for Carers

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