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Dr Laura Sims

Dr Laura Sims

Senior Lecturer (Clinical) (E&S)


 01392 725704

 Smeall building 107


Smeall Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Laura has worked as a GP delivering in and out-of-hours primary care for over 20 years.

Current roles within University of Exeter Medical School:-

  • Clinical Lead for BMBS Problem-based Learning
  • Lead for Pharmacy Education Development
  • Programme lead for Clinical Pharmacy Master's degree course

External education roles:-

  • GP trainer
  • RCGP Clinical Skills Assessment Panel Member
  • GP Appraiser

Professional interests:

  • Curriculum design
  • Problem-based learning
  • Postgraduate pharmacy education
  • Multimorbidity and polypharmacy




Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2017


Her roles with Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry from 2005-2012 included being Lead for Remediation, Senior PBL tutor and a Professional Practice Tutor. She has been involved with student selection interviews, ISCE examining and delivering SSUs.




Research interests

Postgraduate pharmacy education to support the expanding role of pharmacists in Primary care

Problem-based learning in medical education

Research projects

Clark, C.E. and Sims, L., 2018. Hypertension care: sharing the burden with pharmacists. Br J Gen Pract 2018; 68 (675): 458-459

Sansom A, Terry R, Fletcher E, et al. 2018. Why do GPs leave direct patient care and what might help to retain them? A qualitative study of GPs in South West England. BMJ Open 2018;8:e019849. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019849

Butterworth, J., Sansom, A., Sims, L., Healey, M., Kingsland, E. & Campbell, J. 2017. Pharmacists' perceptions of their emerging general practice roles in UK primary care: a qualitative interview study. British Journal General Practice.

Sims, L., Campbell, J., 2017. Ills, pills, and skills: developing the clinical skills of pharmacists in general practice. Br J Gen Pract, 67(662), pp.417-418.




UEMS BMBS Problem-based learning

Co-design and delivery of 'The Pharmacist in Primary Care - an Introduction'

Co-design and co-delivery of Clinical assessment skills courses with Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education team

UEMS representative as a Regional delivery and development partner on the National Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice Phase 2 scheme.



Supervision / Group

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