James Hartwell

MBA student James Hartwell

MBA 2022, UK

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts today.” Frankin D Roosevelt

Registered hospital pharmacist – experience working across a number of clinical areas, delivering high quality pharmaceutical input for patient care. Experience with health informatics, innovative health tech and new/emerging treatments at quaternary specialist providers. Have worked with high cost drugs, commissioning and medicines efficiencies. Currently leading on departmental performance and improving the pharmacy service within the organisation.


  • Creation and implementation of an advisory group to NHS England for COVID-19 treatments (CTAG)
  • Published journal in The Lancet around the use of interleukin inhibitors in secondary haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, which later informed a commissioning policy and national guidelines
  • Creation of a Performance and Medicines Value team in the pharmacy department to deliver innovation, improvement and cost savings to the department and wider hospital

What attracted you to the MBA programme at Kent Business School and why?

I was looking for courses to further my leadership and business skills and wanted a course which was not just inwardly looking in a healthcare setting. Kent Business School has a fantastic reputation and, as a Kent alumnus already, I had great experiences previously. I wanted to push myself outside of my comfort zone, I was complacent in how I was approaching my work and wanted something to push me to my limits and help me to transform my approaches to my work in the NHS.


I want to take my learning and make significant changes in the UK health sector. The NHS needs new business-minded pioneers to bring an old system into the newer ways of working.


Never rule anything out and always push yourself beyond your pre-conceived limits.