“Research and evaluation? What’s that got do with me?” Well – potentially quite a lot! If you want to improve the services that you provide, either by interpreting and applying the existing evidence or by conducting your own evaluations, then you will want to understand the principles of the research process.
If you are considering applying for professional recognition via the RPS Faculty, or if your career aspirations include becoming a consultant pharmacist, then you will need to demonstrate that you can use, understand and conduct research within your area of practice. Whether you are a novice in this area, or a more experienced researcher, this stream will help you on your journey as well as showcasing some of the highlights of pharmacy practice research, evaluation and quality improvement from the past year.
At last year’s RPS Annual Conference, for the first time, authors of ‘research’ and ‘quality improvement and evaluation’ posters were given the opportunity to take part in oral poster sessions to briefly highlight their work. This was very successful in providing extra opportunities for discussion between practitioners and researchers with similar interests, and so is being repeated at this year’s conference. We are also running a research workshop again this year, with a focus on securing funding to conduct pharmacy practice research. Aimed particularly at community pharmacists, this will also be of interest to others wanting to find out more about how to apply research funding.
As in previous years, we will have oral presentations with opportunity to hear from researchers and practitioners who have conducted research and evaluation in various topical areas. We have four themed oral sessions at this conference, focusing on providing pharmacy services to diverse communities, primary care and community practice, innovations in hospital and clinical practice, and educating for the future. We will also hear from this year’s winner of the Pharmacy Practice Research UK Award who will give a brief lecture to showcase their area of work.
Pharmacists have a long history of supporting research, particularly via the role of clinical trials pharmacists in the hospital setting. Pharmacists in academia also lead their own programmes of research. However there are now more opportunities than ever before for practicing pharmacists to also get involved in leading their own research. This conference theme will help those interested in this area to find out more!
The Early Bird deadline for the RPS Annual Conference 2015 is 28 June. Book your place today to save £50 on the cost of a weekend member ticket.