Dr Andrea Hilton

Senior Lecturer and Programme director, Non-Medical Prescribing

Faculty of Health Sciences


+44 (0) 1482 463347

Andrea is a practicing pharmacist who has previously worked in primary care and in community pharmacy. 

She gained her undergraduate degree (first class honours) in pharmacy from the University of Bradford in 1999, before completing an MSc in clinical pharmacy while working in secondary care.

Andrea completed her PhD in 2006 while working on the MRC-funded RESPECT trial. Her PhD was entitled Development and Validation of a UK Medication Appropriateness Index.

She has been chair of the local branch of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, as well as the chair of the Hull Pharmacy Association.



Research Interests

  • Dementia
  • Medicines management
  • Pharmaceutical care
  • Pharmacy practice

Research groups

Further information about research groups and collaborations can be found here.



Moniz-Cooke E, Hart C, Woods B, Whitaker C, James I, Russell I, et al (2017) 'Challenge Demcare: Management of challenging behaviour in dementia at home and in care homes'. Programme Grants for Applied Research, 2017;5(15)

Ian Maidment, Lydia Aston, Tiago Moutela, Andrea Hilton (2017) 'A qualitative study exploring medication management in people with dementia living in the community and the potential role of the community pharmacist', Pharmacy Research UK

Maidment Id, Aston L, Moutela T, Fox CG, Hilton A (2017) 'A qualitative study exploring medication in people with dementia living in the community and the potential role of the community pharmacist'. Health Expectations, doi: 10.1111/hex.12534

Ian D Maidment, Lydia Aston, Andrea Hilton, Naveed Iqbal, Anne Child, Rachel Shaw (2016) 'The role of community pharmacists in the use of antipsychotics for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD): a qualitative study'. The BMJ open 6 (3), e010278

Ian D Maidment, Rachel L Shaw, Kirsty Killick, Sarah Damery, Andrea Hilton et al (2016) 'Improving the Management of Behaviour that Challenges associated with dementia in Care Homes: protocol for pharmacy-health psychology intervention feasibility study'. The BMJ open 6 (3), e010279

Full list



Modules list

  • Pharmacist independent prescribing
  • Nurse independent and supplementary prescribing
  • Physiotherapist and Podiatrist independent prescribing
  • Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing (V100/V150)

Research PhDs

Andrea welcomes applications in

  • Dementia research
  • Medicines optimisation
  • Pharmaceutical care
  • Mixed methods research

Completed PhDs

  • Yanhua Chen, PhD (2015), Developing and Validating a Scale to Study Mentors' Behaviour in Nursing Education, University of Hull (funded by Luzhou Hospital, China)

Current PhD supervisions


  • Xiaolei Zhao: 2017 -2020, Development of an app for diabetes

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

  • University teaching fellow

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BPharm (Hons) (University of Bradford)
  • MSc (Queens University of Belfast)
  • PhD (University of Bradford)
  • MRPharmS

External roles

  • Editorial board member for Health Expectations and on the advisory board of Clinical Pharmacist.
  • Reviewed for numerous journals and grant-awarding bodies e.g. NIHR. External advisor for NICE - accreditation of the British National Formulary.
  • Member of the Department of Health's Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances (ACBS) which advises the NHS on the prescribing of foodstuffs and toiletries specially formulated for use by people with medical conditions.
  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Practice Research Conference Panel. This involves peer reviewing of abstracts and organising the research strand of the annual conference.
  • Previously an external examiner at the University of Central Lancashire and a current external examiner for the University of Nottingham (non-medical prescribing). Provided external advice/ been a panel member for internal accreditation for various universities on non-medical prescribing.
  • Currently involved in the Local Practice Forum (LPF) - Hull and East Riding. LPFs help members engage with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in their local areas.

Awards and accolades

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Projects and grants

  • Can a clinical medication review improve the pharmacological treatment of behaviours in dementia that challenge in care home residents: a pilot study (MEDREV-D) (2014), National Institute for Health Research: Research for patient benefit, £198,000 (co-applicant), lead Aston University
  • A qualitative scoping study exploring the role of the community pharmacist in medication management in people with dementia dwelling in the community. (2014) Pharmacy Research UK, £54,000 (co-applicant)
  • An exploratory study to establish how pharmacists can facilitate shared decision making which supports the personalised care agenda for patients. (2013) Hull Pharmacists Association, £10,000 (PI)     
  • Challenge Demcare: Management of challenging behaviour in dementia at home and in care homes. (2007) National Institute for Health Research: Programme Grant, £1.9m (co-applicant)