Mrs Leanne May


I am an experienced registered community pharmacist and pharmacy teaching fellow.

I have worked as a pharmacy teaching fellow at Kingston University for the past 10 years, teaching pharmacy practice to undergraduates. I previously undertook the role of MPharm course director for the past 3.5 years from February 2019 to July 2022.

In addition to this role, I also work part-time in practice as a community pharmacist for Boots.

Further to this, I facilitate training events for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and trainee pharmacists in my role as a CPPE (Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education) events tutor and support UK pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, locally and internationally, to return to pharmacy practice and to the GPhC register as a CPPE return to practice tutor.

I have also contributed articles, videos and training modules for a community pharmacy magazine with a focus on clinical topics, revalidation and calculations used in community pharmacy.

I have a keen interest in utilising technology in teaching and am always looking for new ways to deliver material and keep students engaged and learning.

Academic responsibilities

Pharmacy Teaching Fellow


  • 2020: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 2003 - 2004: Postgraduate Clinical Diploma in Pharmacy Practice (community), with Distinction - De Montfort University
  • 2000: RPSGB Overseas Pharmacists Exams, Sunderland University
  • 1993 - 1996: Bachelor of Pharmacy - University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Teaching and learning

I have a keen interest in technology in learning. 

I was an early adopter of technology in teaching and I shared my experiences during a School learning and teaching seminar of the use of quiz-style clickers, as part of a wider university project, and using a leaderboard and competition to stimulate engagement.

I enjoy using a flipped lecture approach in some pharmacy practice topics and responding to symptoms teaching.

As a community pharmacist, I have an interest in responding to symptoms teaching and particularly how this relates to health inequalities. I have created a Canvas module that incorporates images from many countries, inspired by "Mind the Gap" to ensure students have exposure to identifying skin conditions on darker skin tones.

As we move to a curriculum designed to create prescriber-ready pharmacy students, I enjoy exploring how we can utilise simulations through role play and videos to support experiential learning, with a particular focus on clinical diagnostics and consultation skills, bringing in experience from pharmacy practice and my CPPE role.

In my time as MPharm course director, I worked with the pharmacy team to move our teaching and assessment content online, while maintaining an element of face-to-face teaching, with safety as a priority, during the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing learning around using Teams, break out rooms, polls, MyDispense for practicals, recording lectures using various online tools and captioning these. 

I was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority (SFHEA) in 2020 - Advance HE.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Senior Fellow HEA

Undergraduate courses taught


Clinical Pharmacy Congress poster presentation 22 April 2016: A survey of the perceptions of community pharmacists of electronic prescription service in the dispensing process 

RPS Winter summit poster presentation 5th December 2017: Evaluation of GP Practice Clinical Pharmacists' Perceptions of their Learning and Development Needs 

Areas of specialism

  • Community pharmacy
  • Digital technology in pharmacy education and training
  • Pharmacy education and training
  • Simulations in pharmacy education
  • Responding to symptoms


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Slater, Natasha, Mason, Thuy, Micallef, Ricarda, Ramkhelawon, Madhvee and May, Leanne (2023) Enabling access to pharmacy law teaching during COVID-19 : student perceptions of MyDispense and assessment outcomes. Pharmacy, 11(2), p. 44. ISSN (online) 2226-4787

Nabhani‐Gebara, Shereen, Fletcher, Simon, Shamim, Atif, May, Leanne, Butt, Nabiha, Chagger, Sunita, Mason, Thuy, Patel, Kunal, Royle, Finlay and Reeves, Scott (2020) General practice pharmacists in England : integration, mediation and professional dynamics. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 16(1), pp. 17-24. ISSN (print) 1551-7411

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

I have worked as a community pharmacist with a large multiple-chain pharmacy from 2001 until now. A key role I held in this time was as a group pharmacy manager where I led the clinical governance for 8 pharmacies. I am currently still working as a part-time relief pharmacist.

In my role with Boots, alongside working part-time as a community pharmacist, I supported drive-through COVID-19 test centres in April 2020 by testing and training testers to administer swab tests at drive-through centers around London. 

I supported our Kingston university students working on the front line during the height of the pandemic with drop-in calls to ensure they stayed safe in the workplace over the summer of 2020.

I wrote support articles for a pharmacy magazine, C+D about the Moderna vaccine and Janssen vaccine in 2021 and a discussion around the updated NICE guidance. I also shared a support video to reduce vaccine hesitancy on social media.

As part of my CPPE role, I support pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with online courses to return to the register and create a portfolio for GPhC evaluation and for pharmacists currently on the register, who have taken a break from pharmacy, to return to practice. 

I have created support material for pharmacy professionals to undertake various aspects of their revalidation on the C+D website such as a podcast of an example of a peer discussion and written entries of a reflective account.

I have also written various training modules for C+D from 2017-2021 including topics such as:

Multiple sclerosis, Codeine over the counter (OTC), OTC  medicine abuse, Erectile dysfunction, Ticks and Lyme disease, Hyperhydrosis, Concussion, Oral thrush, Leukemia, Non-oral hormonal contraception, Asthma, Lung cancer, First aid, Trichotillomania, Dry skin, Look alike sound alike errors, Lung function tests, Lithium, Hernia, Calculations.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Registered pharmacist GPhC
  • Postgraduate Clinical Diploma in Pharmacy Practice (community), with Distinction
  • CPPE Return to practice and return to register tutor
  • CPPE events tutor, London

Professional and scholarly affiliations

  • General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) member since 2000

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