Trudy Thomas qualified as a pharmacist in the UK in 1988. For the next 14 years, she combined community pharmacy with work for the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education, the National Pharmaceutical Association, and a number of South East England primary care organisations, as a prescribing advisor. Trudy joined the Medway School of Pharmacy in 2004 where she is currently a Senior Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies. She has been the Lead for the school’s postgraduate certificate in independent and supplementary prescribing since 2004. In 2015 Trudy qualified as an Independent Prescriber herself in the area of epilepsy. She currently works one day a week as an epilepsy specialist pharmacist for primary and secondary care, based at the local hospital. Trudy was part of the Pharmacy Planning Group for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and has contributed to pharmacy services at other major sporting events. Recently she was involved in the development of the Olympic Model Formulary.
Trudy’s research interests involve the pharmacist’s role in supporting physical activity, medicines use in epilepsy and on aspects to do with prescribing. She still practices as a locum pharmacist and in her spare time she runs, cycles and swims.