Clinical Tutor / Clinical Lecturer
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Mr Connolly commenced teaching at the School of Pharmacy in 2005, and is now Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy. He teaches predominantly clinical practice knowledge and skills based around a hospital setting, linking these closely with therapeutic knowledge and application to the clinical setting. Key to this is the ability to identify, prioritise and resolve medication related problems. He is also heavily involved in the School's clinical rounds on-site at the Royal Hobart Hospital and the co-ordination and deliver of clinical placements at this Hospital.
Mr Connolly graduated from the Tasmanian School of Pharmacy in 2001 with first class honours, being awarded the PSA Pharmacy Gold Medal on graduation. Since this time he has developed a career in hospital pharmacy, having worked in Tasmania, Queensland and the United Kingdom. His work has focused around delivery of clinical pharmacy services to provide patient centred care in a variety of roles. He has worked in Critical care, paediatrics, general medicine, cardiology/cardiothoracics, rehabilitation medicine and oncology. His current position, which he took up in 2006, is as Senior Clinical Pharmacist/Clinical Pharmacy Lecturer at the Royal Hobart Hospital, sharing his time between clinical duties in general medicine and teaching undergraduates in the BPharm.
Whilst working in Queensland Health he worked for Medication Services Queensland, a national leader in medication safety and practice development. His role here as a Medication Safety Officer was to assist in the professional development of pharmacists' across Queensland by conducting workshops, site visits, refining professional development tools such as the General Level Framework (precursor to the national tool – SHPAClinCAT) and mini- Peer Assessment Tool. This work helped spark an interest in professional development, particularly focusing around peer review using direct observation and structured and individualised feedback. On return to Tasmania he was integral in the implementation and roll out of peer review processes across all Tasmanian public hospitals and is currently the chief evaluator of this program, having spoken nationally on the topic.
Mr Connolly is primarily interested in practice based research that can be translated directly in to improving patient care. Currently his interests also include investigating perspectives and practices around the clinical supervision of medical and pharmacy interns in the Tasmanian public hospital environment, working alongside the School of Medicine on this project.
Authorised by the Associate Head, Pharmacy
3 February, 2014