PALS make impact at national pharmacy research conference

Academic staff from Robert Gordon University (RGU) have recently returned from successfully taking part the Health Services Research and Pharmacy Practice (HSRPP) Conference 2017.

Dr Katie Gibson SmithSix representatives from the university’s School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences travelled to the event last month, to give presentations on the leading health research taking place at RGU.

The HSRPP Conference has been held annually for the past 22 years at a different higher education institution in the United Kingdom or Ireland. This year’s event took place at Nottingham University on 10-11 April.

The conference’s objective is to identify and publicise research that informs policy and practice development, while providing an encouraging environment, particularly for early career researchers.

The academics and researchers from RGU spoke on a number topics, including the role of community pharmacists in managing dermatitis and acne, influences on non-medical prescribers and the implementation of electronic systems for medicines in Irish hospitals.

Out of the forty talks delivered at the conference, RGU research fellow Dr Katie Gibson Smith won the award for best oral presentation for her PhD research.

Her work involves surveying and interviewing offshore workers and remote healthcare practitioners in the North East of Scotland on promoting self-care in their work environment.

The findings of her work suggest that the workers may benefit from the implementation of a self-care intervention, which targets healthy eating, physical activity and alcohol consumption.

Speaking on her success, Dr Gibson Smith said: “I am delighted to have received this prestigious award at a key national conference. I feel that the award highlights the importance and impact of researching health and wellbeing in remote populations, such as the offshore workforce.”

RGU’s Alyson Brown and Dr Katie MacLure also had the honour of opening the event with a pre-conference workshop on social media and eprofessionalism in pharmacy practice, which was well-received by attendees.

Professor Derek Stewart, the Lead for practice research in the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, said: “It has been great to see RGU’s research showcased once again at such a high-profile event.

“It continues to demonstrate the consistent quality, sustainability and impact of our work, underlining our leading reputation in pharmacy practice and related research.”

Find out more about RGU’s School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences.


Release by Jonathon Milne
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