Launching the 2015 Health Services Research & Pharmacy Practice Conference

Pharmacy Research UK is delighted to once again be involved in the organisation of the Health Services Research and Pharmacy Practice (HSRPP) Conference.

The theme of the 21st conference is Coming of Age: Rigour in Pharmacy Practice Research.

The conference will be held at Queen’s University, Belfast on the 16th and 17th of April 2015.

HSRPP is organised on non-profit basis with a particular emphasis on disseminating the work of early career pharmacy researchers. It affords an excellent opportunity for delegates to network and learn. So for those who may be considering attending for the first time, what can you expect?

The Conference programme is a mixture of keynote speakers, research sessions, poster presentations, and workshops. Next year’s confirmed keynote speakers are:

  • Professor Barry Carter, Professor of Pharmacy and Professor of Family Medicine, from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Iowa. Professor Carter’s research, which has attracted extensive National Institutes of Health funding, has focused on collaborative care between pharmacists and physicians.
  • Professor Brendan McCormack who is the Head of the Division of Nursing at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh. Professor McCormack is a leading expert in patient-centred practice, gerontological nursing, and practice development.
  • Professor Philip Scraton, Professor of Criminology at the School of Law, QUB. Professor Scraton is known particularly for his investigative work into the context, circumstances and aftermath of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster that claimed the lives of 96 men, women and children.

The research sessions, running on both days, will consist of presentations selected from abstracts submitted by delegates. The workshops, four of which will run in parallel on the second day, will cover topics of current interest, including methodological approaches and professional development. And no HSRPP Conference would be complete without a Conference Dinner, which will be held at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the legislative body for Northern Ireland.

Over the past 21 years, thousands of early career pharmacy researchers have attended the conference and benefited from its content and exposure to research leaders.

Feedback drawn from last year’s conference evaluation attests to this:

“All three keynote speakers were inspirational: clear, informative, entertaining and highly relevant.”

“A good range of session topics, although there were some situations where I wanted to be in two places at once, but this is a reflection of the range of interesting and high quality sessions that took place.”

“Thank you for the warmest hospitality and thoughtful planning. It really was an excellent conference from start to finish.”

The deadline for abstract submissions in the 10th of October 2014. For further information and please visit the HSRPP website.

Members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society can follow postings about the conference on RPS Science and Research virtual network.

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