Dr Sion Scott

Lecturer in Behavioural Medicine

School/Department: Healthcare, School of



I am an academic pharmacist and qualitative behavioural scientist. My research focusses on healthcare practitioner and patient behaviour change to facilitate routine proactive deprescribing of medicines with more risks than benefits. I led the development of the first practitioner behaviour change intervention for deprescribing in the hospital setting within my PhD. The intervention has since received funding to be tested in the largest definitive hospital deprescribing trial in the world. My deprescribing work has led me to be one of the founding members of the Northern European Researchers in Deprescribing (NERD) network where my primary role is to build international research capacity both within Europe and between the network and countries globally. I continue to practice at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


Current research projects

Previous research projects

  • Generating the evidence for safely and acceptably switching people with Parkinson’s to liquid formulations (Chief investigator) - EIRA Research and Development Grant (2020-2021)
  • Selecting theory and evidence-based components and characterising their modes of delivery for a hospital deprescribing intervention - (Chief investigator) - Pharmacy Research UK (2018-2019)
  • Developing a theory and evidence-based model for hospital deprescribing - (Chief investigator) - Pharmacy Research UK (2017-2018)



  • Martin-Kerry J, Taylor J, Scott S, Patel M, Wright D, Clark A, Turner D, Alldred D, Murphy K, Keevil V, Witham M. Developing a Core Outcome Set for hospital deprescribing trials for older people under the care of a geriatrician. Age and Ageing. 2022 Jul 12.
  • Atkins, B., Bhattacharya, D., Smith, C, Scott S. Barriers and enablers to switching from a solid to a liquid formulation of Parkinson’s medication: a theory-based mixed methods investigation. Int J Clin Pharm (2022).
  • Rendell T, Barnett J, Scott S, Wright D. Designing a theory and evidence informed pharmacogenomic testing service in community pharmacy in England. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2022 Apr 9.
  • Scott S. Deprescribing: a call for research that supports implementation in practice. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2021 Dec;29(6):525-6.
  • Prajapati AR, Dima A, Mosa G, Scott S, Song F, Wilson J, Bhattacharya D. Mapping modifiable determinants of medication adherence in bipolar disorder (BD) to the theoretical domains framework (TDF): a systematic review. Psychological Medicine. 2021 May 1:1-7.
  • Hatton MK, Bhattacharya D, Scott S, Wright D. Barriers and facilitators to pharmacists integrating into the ward-based multidisciplinary team: a systematic review and meta-synthesis. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2021 Feb 16.
  • Scott S, Wright DJ, Bhattacharya D. The role of behavioural science in changing deprescribing practice. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 2020 Oct 10.
  • Scott S, May H, Patel M, Wright DJ, Bhattacharya D. A practitioner behaviour change intervention for deprescribing in the hospital setting. Age Ageing. 2020
  • Scott S, Twigg MJ, Clark A, Farrow C, May H, Patel M, Taylor J, Wright DJ, Bhattacharya D. Development of a hospital Deprescribing Implementation Framework: A focus group study with geriatricians and pharmacists. Age and Ageing. 2019
  • Shenoy R, Scott S, Bhattacharya D. Quantifying and characterising Multi-compartment Compliance Aid provision; a national survey of community pharmacies in England. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2019
  • Scott S, Clark A, Farrow C, May H, Patel M, Twigg MJ, Wright DJ, Bhattacharya D. Attitudinal predictors of older peoples' and caregivers' desire to deprescribe in hospital. BMC Geriatrics. 2019
  • Prajapati A, Dima A, Clark A, Gant C, Gibbons C, Gorrod R, Mosa G, Scott S, Song F, Teague B, Twigg MJ, Wilson J, Bhattacharya D. Mapping of modifiable Barriers and Facilitators of Medication Adherence in Bipolar Disorder to the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF): A Systematic Review Protocol. BMJ Open. 2019
  • Wright D, Scott S, Bhattacharya, D. Deprescribing: Routine pharmacy practice or an exciting research opportunity? Int J Pharm Pract. 2019
  • Wright D, Scott S, Buck J, Bhattacharya D. Roles of nurses in supporting proactive deprescribing. Nurs Stand. 2018
  • Scott S, Clark A, May H, Bhattacharya D. Validation and Feasibility of the Medication Acceptability Questionnaire to Investigate Tablet and Liquid Alendronic Acid with Older Hospital Patients. Pharmacy. 2018
  • Scott S, Clark A, Farrow C, May H, Patel M, Twigg MJ, et al. Deprescribing admission medication at a UK teaching hospital; a report on quantity and nature of activity. Int J Clin Pharm. 2018
  • Al-Jabr H, Twigg MJ, Scott S, Desborough JA. Patient feedback questionnaires to enhance consultation skills of healthcare professionals: a systematic review. Patient Educ Couns. 2018


I am happy to supervise PhD projects with a behavioural science methodological approach particularly but not limited to it's application to address medicines optimisation challenges.


  • MPharm (Hons) First class
  • PhD Behavioural medicine
  • PGCert Higher Education Practice
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