RGU student awarded Pharmacy Research UK funding

Robert Gordon University (RGU) is delighted to announce that one of its students has been awarded funding from the UK’s principle research body.

Health and Social Care BuildingPharmacy Research UK (PRUK) has announced its largest ever annual funding award, allocating nearly £200,000 to support Pharmacy Research.

These PRUK awards are designed to support those new to research, as well as pharmacists leading their first projects, fulfilling one of PRUK’s charitable objectives of developing the pharmacy research leaders of the future.

The 13 awards cover a wide range of pharmacy topics that will impact pharmacy services and patient care, such as investigating trends in opioid prescribing and mitigating the challenges faced by community pharmacists at the transition from education into practice.

Joan MacLeod, Lead Pharmacist for the Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership, is currently studying for her Doctorate of Professional Practice (DPP) at RGU, thanks to funding from PRUK and NHS Education for Scotland.

She has been awarded a personal award of £5,110, which is allowing her to carry out an investigation into the impact of medication on the daily lives of people with learning disabilities (LD) and their carers in Grampian.

Speaking on her research, Joan said: “My aim is to find out more about some of the challenges faced and also the solutions found relating to medicine management. I have had the support and advice of local LD care providers and charities, which continues to be invaluable.

“It is a privilege to have my research supported by both my employer and my professional body and I look forward to being able to use this research to help improve the quality of care for people with learning disabilities.”

Dr Rachel Joynes, Trust Director at PRUK, said: “We are delighted to be able to fund these awards across the field of pharmacy research. The breadth and quality of applications this year was outstanding and this has been reflected in the record amount that we have been able to award.

“We look forward to seeing the outcomes of these projects and the positive impact that they will have on pharmacy services and patient care.”

Release by Jonathon Milne
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