But for Catherine it didn't end there. Her determination to help her students have a greater understanding of their patients' challenges has been further enhanced by the introduction of an Interprofessional Learning Symposium.
Students have the opportunity to talk to elderly patients and then get to experience for themselves the everyday difficulties these patients face. For example, by wearing visual impairment glasses, students can empathise with how challenging simple tasks can become - like reading a medicine label, filling out a hospital menu or simply finding the toilet.
By putting on bariatric suits (which simulate being overweight) and movement-restricting elderly simulation suits, students discover how hard and stressful it can be for some people to get back up after experiencing a fall.
"Today, empathy with the problems that patients face is paramount to any would-be pharmacist. There is no substitute for real, hands-on experience - which is something that I am determined every pharmacy graduate from Reading School of Pharmacy walks into work with."