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Orla is a specialist psychiatric pharmacist and an accredited member of the College of Mental Health Pharmacists. In the Bennett Institute, her research focuses on exploring prescribing trends of psychotropic medicines, especially within vulnerable populations such as patients with learning disability or autism. Orla has a BA (Pharm) from Trinity College, Dublin and a Clinical Diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy from Aston University. She is also the Lead Research Pharmacist at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.