Anneka Mitchell

Anneka Mitchell

3-year Dunhill Medical Trust Research Training Fellowship: Assessing the safety and effectiveness of direct oral anticoagulants compared to warfarin in older people with atrial fibrillation

I have worked as a clinical pharmacist since 2008 and am currently employed by University Hospital Southampton (UHS). My interest in medicines management in older people has developed over the past 10 years whilst working in both hospital and community pharmacy settings, interacting with and providing care for older people on a daily basis. I have experienced first-hand the complexities of managing medication-related problems in older people and the impact it can have on their quality of life.

Much of my work involves assessing and influencing medication management which can be difficult with older patients due to comorbidities, reduced kidney or liver function, but also because they are under-represented in research. Even when older people are included in studies, they often do not have the same comorbidities as those of the general population, thereby limiting the generalisability of the results.

The DMT Research Training Fellowship will enable me to undertake a PhD at the University of Bath researching the safety and effectiveness of the direct oral anticoagulants compared to warfarin in older people with atrial fibrillation using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink.

With the support of DMT, UHS and my supervisors at University of Bath I hope to pursue a clinical academic career championing the safe use of medicines in older people. I also want to promote this career pathway within the pharmacy profession.