HSRPP 2018 Blog

Welcome to our HSRPP 2018 blog!

HSRPP 2018 kicked off at 8.15am in the Herschel building, with attendees arriving to register and collect their goody bags!

Pro Vice Chancellor Suzanne Cholerton welcomed delegates to the conference with a presentation on the University of Newcastle and its newly transferred School of Pharmacy.

Professor Bryony Dean Franklin, Executive Lead Pharmacist Research and Director at the Centre for Medication Safety and Service Quality at Imperial College London, delivered her keynote speech: Medication safety in the 21st century, “the most common intervention in healthcare”. 

Bryony is a recipient of a 2016 PRUK project grant, which is investigating the use of patient-held information about medication (PHIMED).

The PechaKuche presentations followed, with each presenter presenting 2 slides in 2 minutes. The engaging presentations covered peri-operative medication reconciliation and MedEye, a bedside scanning tool.

Team PRUK welcomed attendees to the stand during the refreshment break and shared information on our funding programmes. We love meeting practicing pharmacists who are interested in embarking on a career in pharmacy research!

Oral presentation session 1 commenced after the break. Interesting topics include: Pharmaceutical care in paediatrics, are our pharmacy graduates ready?

With the arrival of lunch on Day 1, delegates made the most of the networking opportunity, mingling with pharmacy researchers from across the country and indeed the world in some cases!

The poster walks began shortly afterwards, with each presenter allocated 3 minutes to summarise the key findings from their projects followed by a Q&A session. The delegates were spoilt for choice with an assortment of interesting posters on display. Topics included minor ailments management, pharmaceutical care in community pharmacies in Jordan and a quantitative investigation of patients’ inhaler techniques.

Ann Slee and Neil Watson presented their keynote speech:“Digital Medicines Optimisation – Delivering the Future.” Key message from their presentation – On introducing IT into healthcare, it’s mostly about the people.

Oral presentation session 2 witnessed another stream of riveting presentations, with a common theme around the need for collaboration across teams and healthcare professions.

On the eve of Day 1, HSRPP attendees were treated to glorious views of Newcastle’s Quayside and the River Tyne, as they dined at the stunning BALTIC Six restaurant.

Day 2 began bright and early on Friday 13th April!

PechaKucha session 2 included presentations on Teicoplanin use, community pharmacy referral service for emergency care and the principle of cost feedback to encourage positive health behaviour.

Oral presentation session 3 kicked off another round of brilliant presentations, including an exploration of social media and eprofessionalism in pharmacy practice.

The workshops provided a great opportunity for interactive learning! Elin Roberts explained how to hook memories and build understanding between the narrative of stories at the Introduction to Public Engagement session.

Top tips on how to submit a successful research application were shared,  PRUK applicants, take note!

The final poster presentations got underway after lunch! Poster topics included the impact of the introduction of the traditional herbal registration scheme in the UK and a cohort study looking into fixed dose combination antihypertensives, specifically the risk of therapeutic duplication.

And last but certainly not least, the final oral presentation stream began

During the final presentation session, our personal award recipient Sion Scott presented findings from his PRUK funded project on deprescribing, which aims to develop a model to support practitioners to deprescribe medicines for older people during hospital admission. His presentation discussed how practice in hospital is limited and dominated by reactive behaviour. Proactive deprescribing in all cases was due to indication resolution, which highlights the importance of documenting and communicating indications for medicines and planned stop or review timeframes.

HSRPP 2018 culminated with another fantastic keynote speech from Dr Aziz Sheikh. Aziz emphasised that prescribing errors need to be the focus of activity both in general practice and primary care settings.

Hiyam Al-Jabr (pictured below) was awarded the prize for best oral presentation. Her research used a systematic review when assessing patient feedback questionnaires to enhance consultation skills of healthcare professionals. Sarah Khan also scooped the prize for best poster presentation, which defined medicines reconciliation for patients using qualitative consensus methods with a Patient-Public Involvement panel.

The conference ended with a sneak peak of next year’s HSRPP conference which will be hosted by the University of Birmingham! Stay tuned and keep an eye on our twitter account and website for future details.

A fantastic time was had by all, including new attendees!

Attendees seized plenty of photo-taking opportunities. Here we see the UCC team out in full force!

But most importantly effective dissemination was achieved as a diverse array of health services and pharmacy practice projects were showcased!


We would like to sincerely thank all delegates and presenters for their wonderful contributions to the conference. We hope everyone had an enjoyable time and we look forward to meeting you all again at future conferences!

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