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Find out more about Liz Bedford's career as a woman in science

Liz Bedford

Tuesday 11 February marks International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2020, which is a day to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. 

We will be sharing the stories of some of the extraordinary women in science whoo are working within research at the Trust.


Liz Bedford - Principal Pharmacist for Research and Development

Liz completed her four year Pharmacy degree at Bradford University in 1993 and gained an MSc in Clinical Pharmacy in 1995.  Liz currently works as the Principal Pharmacist in Research & Development at University Hospitals of Derby & Burton.

Liz has worked as a pharmacist in a variety of specialties within the NHS for over 26 years. In that time, she has been the lead Pharmacist for Cancer Services and for the Women’s & Children’s division at Derby hospitals.  In addition to these clinical roles, Liz has also been the Pharmacist lead for Education & Training and was the Programme Leader for MSc Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Derby. Throughout her career, Liz has been passionate about the role pharmacists have as part of the clinical team caring for patients.

Since 2013, Liz has led the Pharmacy Clinical Trials team at the Royal Derby hospital. The team assess, implement and manage all the pharmaceutical aspects for Clinical Trials involving investigational medicinal products (CTIMPs) across the trust. There are over 80 CTIMPs currently open in the Trust, covering a wide range of specialties, including cancer, renal, ophthalmology, stroke, paediatrics, emergency medicine, liver, gastroenterology etc.

Liz is proud to collaborate with the multidisciplinary team to enable high quality research involving medicines to be conducted within the NHS.  As a woman in science, Liz strives to ensure patients have opportunities to be actively involved in trials which are improving the delivery and uses of existing drugs, continually developing the best treatment protocols and helping to create the medicines of the future.