With the pharmacist’s growing clinical role and integration into mainstream healthcare there’s an increasing need for pharmacy research to move from a largely science based professional model to one that incorporates social science and philosophy. To this end, three collaborative academic partnerships were forged to develop research capacity for the pharmacy. Funding was secured through the Economic and Social Research Council (CASE) Scheme to support the following PhDs:
Community pharmacists and people with dementia: issues and developments – University of Stirling.
Personalised medicine and hospital and community based pharmacy: understanding the needs and role of pharmacists in response to innovation – University of York.
A mixed methods study of the implications for pharmacy policy and practice of self-tests for signs of serious illness – Aston University.