The British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA) and Pharmacy Research UK (PRUK) are delighted to grant the 2017 BOPA-PRUK Research Award to Terry Tin Wai Ng at University College London School of Pharmacy, where Terry is a Senior Teaching Fellow. BOPA and PRUK are working together to help novice researchers in oncology and haematology pharmacy embark on their careers in research.
The funded project title is ‘An acceptability study for the use of web-based video consultations in patients receiving lifelong treatment for Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia’ and will investigate whether patients who are receiving treatment for Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) at University College London Hospital (UCLH) would find it acceptable to have their follow-up appointments using web-based video calling.
Carl Booth, Lead Pharmacist for Cancer Services and Clinical Trials at BOPA, said “BOPA and PRUK are working together to improve patient care and experience by supporting high quality pharmacy practice research. This second BOPA / PRUK award will look at the use of web based video consultations in a group of patients who are on potentially lifelong treatments. In the long term this should lead to fewer hospital visits for face to face consultations and improve the patients’ outcomes and experience. We are therefore delighted to continue our association work with PRUK to support another great project”
Terry, said ‘I am really grateful to BOPA and Pharmacy Research UK for this opportunity. Since starting at University College London School of Pharmacy I have developed a keen interest in oncology. This project will provide a better understanding of how the UCLH team can improve their work with these patients; exploring alternative pathways for pharmacists to interact with them to improve their long term outcomes and overall experience.’
The 12 month project is due to finish in January 2019 and will make recommendations on the acceptability of web-based video consultations for patients with lifelong conditions in its final report.
Notes to Editors
- PRUK is the principle funder of pharmacy research in the UK. Founded as a result of a merger in 2012 of two previous research funding charities, PRUK has a broad programme of research in place. PRUK funds both research projects and individual bursaries to improve skills across the pharmacy sector. Registered charity number 1148335.
- BOPA was founded in 1996 and aims to promote excellence in the pharmaceutical care of patients with cancer through education, communication, research and innovation by an alliance of hospital, community and academic pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, those in the pharmaceutical industry and other healthcare professionals. With over 900 members, BOPA is one of the largest clinical pharmacy organisations in the UK and holds an annual symposium each autumn which attracts up to 500 delegates from all sectors of the pharmacy profession and pharmaceutical industry.