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Pharmacy Research UK awards a record £200k in research fellowship funding

1 December 2016


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Pharmacy Research UK (PRUK) has recently announced their largest ever annual funding award of nearly £200k to support Pharmacy Research. These PRUK personal 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.  One of the recipients is a current MPharm student, Helen Chang.

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, the experience of people with learning disabilities with their medicines and mitigating the challenges faced by community pharmacists at the transition from education into practice.

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.”

These funding awards are either given in the form of research training bursaries or as personal research awards; PRUK would like to thank the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust for their funding which has enabled many of these awards. Helen Chang was awarded a Leverhulme Personal Award for the sum of £19,950 for her project "The pharmacy workforce: an exploration of factors influencing postgraduate professional development. The transition from foundation to advanced pharmacy practice".

In addition, PRUK jointly funds two separate research streams with the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) and the British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA).  The total amount of these awards is £44,339 and were announced at the partners’ respective conferences.  For more information see the BOPA-PRUK Award press release and the UKCPA-PRUK Award press release.

Further details: Pharmacy Research UK