A summer of success for Aberdeen academic

An academic has been awarded two prestigious accolades in recognition of his work and contribution to the pharmaceutical profession.

Derek StewartDerek Stewart, who works at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, has been appointed Professor of Pharmacy Practice. In the same short space of time, he has been announced as the winner of the Pharmacy Practice Research Trust (PPRT) 2011 Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Conference Practice Research Award.

The selection process for professorship at the university is rigorous and demanding, involving submission of a comprehensive CV, a detailed plan of future research strategy as well as academic references from internationally respected academics and practitioners in the field. Derek was the only member of staff to be made Professor in this year’s round of promotions.

The RPS Conference Practice Research Award is presented by the PPRT to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of pharmacy practice research and has the potential to become a leader in the field. Professor Stewart has been selected in recognition of his research which has focused on the pharmacist prescriber. The award will be presented at the RPS conference to be held on Monday 12 September at Goldsmiths, the University of London, where he will deliver a plenary lecture on his prize-winning research.

The lecture will stress the importance of robust pharmacy practice research as a positive contribution to evidenced-based practice, strategic developments and placing the pharmacist prescriber within the hierarchy of modern healthcare practice.

Professor Stewart, who worked initially in secondary care prior to joining Robert Gordon University to pursue an academic pharmacy career said: “I am delighted to be promoted to Professor and to receive the Pharmacy Practice Research Trust award in recognition of my contribution to research. I am fortunate to work with so many talented colleagues who all share in these accolades.”

Professor Donald Cairns, Acting Head of the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences said: “This is a great result for the School and the University. Derek has established himself as an internationally respected figure in Pharmacy Practice research and these awards are very well deserved. “

PPRT Chairman, Marshall Davies, who will be presenting the award at the RPS Conference said: “Professor Stewart’s research into pharmacist prescribing from a range of perspectives including the pharmacy profession, policy makers and patients and public has shown it to be a dynamic and rapidly changing area to investigate. His research is informing and having an impact on professional policy and practice making him a deserving recipient of this award.”


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Notes to editor

• As winner of the Pharmacy Practice Research Trust Practice Research Award, Professor Stewart will receive a cheque for £1,000. He will also be asked to write an abstract of their proposed talk for a supplement to the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice and a summary of their lecture given to the conference which will appear in the Pharmaceutical Journal

• In addition to his position as Professor and Teaching Group Leader for Pharmacy Practice at Robert Gordon University, Professor Derek Stewart is a senior member of the university’s Research Institute for Health and Welfare and he leads the Prescribing Research Group, collaborating closely with colleagues at the University of Aberdeen and Monash University in Australia.

This group has published 13 peer reviewed papers on pharmacist prescribing and presented at many national and international conferences. Other research interests are varied, focusing on aspects of public health including pharmacovigilance, community pharmacy interventions on the management of hazardous and harmful drinkers, and appropriate use of medicines.

He is an executive editor of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. He led the development and delivery of pharmacist prescribing training courses in Scotland. He is also involved in strategic policy development and professional leadership; he has been a member of the Scottish Pharmacy Board since its inception in 2007 and is the sponsor of the North of Scotland Local Practice Forum; he is involved in the development of SIGN evidence based guidelines, the Chronic Medication Service strategy development group, the British Pharmacological Society Prescribing sub-group and NHS Youth Scotland.

• The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Conference 2011: 'Ensuring effective teamworking and collaboration with patients and professionals' will be held at Goldsmiths, University of London on 11-12 September.  

• The Pharmacy Practice Research Trust was established by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of GB in July 1999 as an independent research charity with a broad objective to promote and develop the field of pharmacy practice research. Its trustees are drawn from senior health policy makers, leading academics, industry and retailers.

The Trust has invested over £2m in research; 30% supporting capacity building in pharmacy practice research and 70% on commissioned research. The Trust receives financial support from the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust and the Galen Trust, as well as a gift in kind from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. For further information and to access reports of Trust commissioned research or for funding/grant opportunities go to:

Andrew Youngson
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Robert Gordon University
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Tel: 01224 262389