Nina Barnett studied pharmacy at Chelsea College (now Kings College London) and qualified in 1987 after completing her preregistration year at Charing Cross Hospital.
Based at Northwick Park Hospital in North West London, she has undertaken a variety of hospital based clinical pharmacy roles including medicines information where she worked closely with primary care colleagues to deliver service in primary care to community colleagues and patients. She specialised in care of older people and completed a diploma and then MSc in pharmacy practice in 1997 with the London School of Pharmacy (now UCL).
In her hospital role, she developed services linking hospital and primary care through joint working with the then Harrow Primary Care Trust and North West London Hospitals NHS Trust (now London North West Healthcare NHS Trust) established, in 2004, pharmacist roles identifying and managing medicines related risks, which developed into new roles across interfaces of care in 2007.
She has also worked in care homes establishing a pharmacist prescribing role and more recently, reducing preventable hospital admissions from care homes. This work was recognised in the recent 2015 pharmaceutical care awards.
In her national role within NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service, she leads on care of older people, polypharmacy/deprescribing and medicines adherence, creating resources and learning events as well as contributing to national work in the area.
Nina was appointed as a Consultant Pharmacist in 2007 and chaired the national group until 2010 and is now co-chair of the group. She has expertise in clinical leadership in the area of older people, teaching and pharmacist prescribing.
She leads change and promotes the pharmacy profession through national media and has worked with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Department of Health and NICE. She is published in national and international journals.
Nina has developed and delivered MSc level courses to health care professionals including care of older people and prescribing pharmacists at UCL School of Pharmacy and Kings College London.
She has also designed and delivered health coaching training to consultants, GPs nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals and pioneered the use of coaching in pharmacy to optimising patient adherence.
She was awarded fellowship of RPS in 2011 and completed her faculty fellowship in 2013.
She was appointed as a Visiting Professor at Kings College London in 2015. She is was appointed to the magistracy in 2013 and sits at the Central London bench. Her current work includes developing, implementing and validating a medicines support services focussing on reducing risk of preventable medicines-related readmission for older people in both hospital and primary care.
This work has been shortlisted for a number of awards in 2015.
She leads development of the use of health coaching in medicines-related patient care.