Profile

Helen Vosper
Title: Dr
First Name: Helen
Surname: Vosper
Position: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 262503
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ORCID: ORCID Icon http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7796-5183

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment Lead (strategic) for the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences
  • Mentor andassessor for the Professional Teaching Framework
  • Module Co-ordinator for Biological Science
  • PhD supervision

Research Interests

Dr Vosper's current research interests fall into two main areas:

  • Patient safety and
  • Educational development.

The two are linked by Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE). Human Factors (synonymous with the term 'Ergonomics') is defined by the International Ergonomics Association as "the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimise human wellbeing and overall system performance."

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Dr Vosper works in close collaboration with Dr Paul Bowie (Programme Director, Safety and Improvement at NHS Education for Scotland) as part of the national "Performing Well, Feeling Well" programme, the aim of which is to integrate HFE within NHS Scotland. There is a recognised healthcare HFE skills gap, therefore an education strategy is an important focus of this activity, and Dr Vosper plays key role driving this agenda.

Current Research

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Patient safety
  • Staff and educational development
  • Student partnership

Professional Memberships

  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association
  • Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors
  • Freeman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots

Publications

  1. Vosper, H., Bowie, P., Hignett, S. 2018. The NHS Health Check for developing HFE competencies. Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2018: 31-37
  2. Vosper, H., Hignett, S. 2017. Safety in healthcare: The pharmacy legislative framework and patient safety. Journal of Personal Injury Law 1: 16-22
  3. Vosper, H., Hignett, S., on behalf of the Pharmaceutical Special Interest Group of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. 2017. System redesign based on Human Factors competencies to support an enhanced role for pharmacists. Clinical Pharmacist 10:2
  4. Vosper, H., Hignett, S. 2017. A review of Human Factors and patient safety education in pharmacy curricula: a UK undergraduate perspective with lessons for pharmacy education. American Journal of Pharmacy Education 82 (3), Article 6184. doi:10.5688/ajpe6184
  5. Vosper, H., Hignett, S., Bowie, P. 2017. Twelve tips for embedding Human Factors and Ergonomics principles in healthcare education. Medical Teacher 40(4): 357-363. doi:10.1080/0142159X.2017.1387240
  6. Vosper, H., Hignett, S., Bowie, P. 2017. Guidance on embedding Human Factors and Ergonomics in healthcare education. Safety, Skills and Improvement Research Collaborative Technical Report Series 17/01. NHS Education for Scotland
  7. Vosper, H., Hignett, S. 2017. Factors influencing the development of effective error management competencies in undergraduate UK pharmacy students. Contemporary Ergonomics 2017: 94-99 (Shortlisted for 'Best Paper' at the CIEHF Annual Conference, 2017)
  8. Amponsah, A.O., Vosper, H., Marfo, A.F.A. 2015. Patient related factors affecting adherence to anti-malarial medication in an urban estate in Ghana. Malaria research and Treatment doi:/10.1155/2015/452539
  9. Hubbard, R., Regan, K., Strath, A., Vosper, H. 2015. Ergonomic assessment of a community pharmacy-based cardiovascular risk assessment: A new strand to an existing teaching and learning activity. Communicare 1(2)
  10. Hubbard, R., Regan, K., Strath, A., Vosper, H. 2015. The big issue: Ergonomics in healthcare education. Communicare 1(2)
  11. Filion-Murphy, C., Hands, L., Hockham, L., Kirkpatrick, L., McNamara, S., Strath, A., Rowe, I., Vosper, H. 2015. Student-led development and evaluation of a community pharmacy-based risk assessment. Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change 1(2): doi:10.21100/jeipc.v1i2.176
  12. Buchan, S., Regan K., Filion-Murphy, C., Little, K., Strath, A., Rowe, I., Vosper, H. 2014. Students as partners in a quality improvement approach to learning enhancement: A case study from a pharmacy undergraduate course. Communicare 1(1)
  13. Regan, K., Harney, L., Goodhand, K., Strath, A., Vosper, H. 2014. 'Pharmacy simulation: A Scottish, student-led perspective with implications for the UK and beyond.' Pharmacy 2, 50-64
  14. Iqbal, A., Regan, K., Strath, A., Vosper, H. 2014. The 3 R's (Risk, resilience and recognition). Presentation at the Higher Education Academy National Conference 2014. Available at: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/four-rs [accessed 16/11/17]
  15. Vosper, H., Brown, A., Edwards, R. 2013. An enhanced approach to peer observation of teaching. Educational Developments 14.4: 17-21
  16. Brown A., Vosper H. 2013. Development of a blended learning environment to support achievement of graduate outcomes through optimal learning in an undergraduate pharmacy course. Pharmacy 1(2): 204-217
  17. Mackenzie-Fraser M., Vosper H., Diack L. Development of a multimedia resource to facilitate the development of clinical reasoning and decision-making skills in dietetic students. Paper presentation at NET 2013 (24th International Conference for Networking in Healthcare) September 2013; Cambridge
  18. Roberts F., Goodhand K., Bolger J., Vosper H. It's time to TESTA change: Effective feed back/feed forward? Paper presentation at the International Enhancement Themes Conference June 2013; Glasgow
  19. Brown A., Gray G., Vosper H. Consultation skills across the disciplines. Workshop at the Scottish Clinical Skills Network Symposium April 2013; Edinburgh
  20. Vosper H., representing SimPALS (the School simulation team). Pharmacy simulation: The launch of a new Special Interest Group. Poster presentation at the Scottish Clinical Skills Network Symposium April 2013; Edinburgh
  21. Vosper H., Brown A., Mackenzie-Fraser M., Goodhand K., Joseph S., Diack L. YEAR Simulation as a tool for supporting teaching' learning and assessment in an undergraduate pharmacy programme. HEA 2nd Compendium of Effective Practice (Volume 2). Available at: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/system/files/compendium_2_rc_ja_final_0.pdf [accessed 16/11/17]
  22. Brown A., Vosper H. 2012. Using simulation to enhance the undergraduate pharmacy curriculum. Oral presentation at ASPiH Conference, Nov 2012; Oxford
  23. Cruickshank S., Kumarasamy Y., Maclure K., Vosper H. Staff and student perceptions of a formative semi-simulated cardiovascular risk assessment: A work in progress. Poster Presentation at ASPiH Conference, Nov 2011; Cardiff
  24. Vosper H. 2011. The prevention of atherothrombotic events in adults with acute coronary syndromes. Clin Med Rev Vasc Health 2011; 3: 117-139
  25. Vosper H. 2011. Extended release niacin-laropiprant in patients with hypercholesterolemia or mixed dyslipidemias improves clinical parameters. Clin Med Insights: Cardiology
  26. Vosper H. Lipid regulation with niacin extended-release (Niaspan-RTM). Clin Med Rev Vasc Health 2011; 3: 1-18
  27. Vosper H. Staff and student perceptions of pharmacy final year research projects. Pharmacy Education 2009; 9(1): 11-17
  28. Vosper H. Niacin: A re-emerging pharmaceutical for the treatment of dyslipidaemia. Br J Pharmacol 2009; 158: 429-441
  29. Vosper H., Khoudoli G.A., Palmer C.N.A. 2003. The peroxisome proliferator activated receptor δ is required for the differentiation of THP-1 monocytic cells by phorbol ester. Nuclear Receptor 1(1): 9
  30. Young V., Vosper H., Ho M., Belch J.J.F., Palmer C.N.A. 2002. Elevated expression of the genes encoding TNF-α and thromboxane synthase in leukocytes from patients with systemic sclerosis. Rheumatology 41(8): 869-75
  31. Vosper H., Khoudoli G.A., Graham T.L., Palmer C.N.A. 2002. Peroxisome proliferator activated receptor agonists, hyperlipidaemia and atherosclerosis. Pharmacol Therapeut 95: 47-62
  32. Vosper H., Patel L., Graham T., Khoudoli G.A., Hill A., Macphee C.H., Pinto I., Smith S.A., Suckling K.E., Wolf C.R., Palmer C.N.A. 2001. The peroxisome proliferator activated receptor δ promotes lipid accumulation in human macrophages. J Biol Chem 276(47): 44258-44265
  33. Palmer C.N., Gustafsson M.C., Dobson (Vosper) H., von Wachenfeldt C., Wolf C.R. 1999. Adaptive responses to fatty acids are mediated by regulated expression of cytochromes P450. Biochem Soc Trans 27(4): 374-8
  34. D'Arrigo C., Burl S., Withers A.P., Dobson (Vosper) H., Black C., Boxer M. TGF-β1 binding protein-like modules of fibrillin-1 and –2 mediate integrin-dependent cell adhesion. Connect Tissue Res 1998; 37(1-2): 29-31
  35. Dobson (Vosper) H., Pignatelli M., Hopwood D., D'Arrigo C. 1994. Cell adhesion molecules in oesophageal epithelium. Gut Oct; 35(10):1343–1347

Teaching Interests

Dr Vosper is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, recognition of a ‘sustained and effective record of impact at a strategic level in relation to teaching and learning.’ Externally, this reflects her contribution to the national HFE education agenda, while within RGU she contributes to staff development through her role as an assessor/critical friend for the Professional Teaching Framework.

Dr Vosper is also a Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association. This award "recognises people leading academic development policy, practice or scholarship, who bring about institutional or organisational change in academic development or whose work has had a significant impact on the academic development community

Within the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Dr Vosper is responsible for the design and development of the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy. Before becoming an academic, she was a molecular biologist and therefore other teaching interests include biology, physiology, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.

Dr Vosper is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, recognition of a ‘sustained and effective record of impact at a strategic level in relation to teaching and learning.’ Externally, this reflects her contribution to the national HFE education agenda, while within RGU she contributes to staff development through her role as an assessor/critical friend for the Professional Teaching Framework. Within the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Dr Vosper is responsible for the design and development of the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy. Before becoming an academic, she was a molecular biologist and therefore other teaching interests include biology, physiology, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.