Pharmacy Research UK supports a national Welsh research strategy

Pharmacy Research UK (PRUK) are delighted to support the development and implementation of a research strategy for wales, formally launched today. The Pharmacy Research Wales strategy was developed under the guidance of the All Wales Chief Pharmacists Committee through a wide-ranging consultation and aims to improve the quality and quantity of research that influences practice and policy.

To achieve this the strategy seeks to create a culture in which pharmacy professionals recognise the importance of pharmacy research to improving the health of the nation and the future of the profession. It also is designed to develop a flexible and future-proof workforce and encourage knowledge sharing and partnership. Pharmacy Research UK was a key stakeholder in the strategy development and is an active member of the strategy implementation group, fully supporting the ambition of the work.

Dr Rachel Joynes, Trust Director at PRUK comments “this 5 year strategy is a platform for developing more research and researchers in Wales as well as highlighting the priorities for pharmacy related research and providing a pathway of how to deliver of these priorities. We look forward to working across disciplines with other funding partners, universities and practitioners in Wales to increase the number of pharmacy professionals engaged in research and to drive research that will ultimately benefit patients.”

PRUK has a track record of supporting Pharmacy research in Wales; the PRUK-funded project into enhancing skills mix in pharmacies based at the University of Cardiff has recently finished and in the last month funding has been award to Mrs Emma Davies at the University of Swansea to investigate trends in opioid prescribing and associated resource utilisation in Wales.

For more information see the Pharmacy Research Wales press release and website www.pharmacyresearch.wales

For queries please contact PRUK practice.research@rpharms.com



Notes to Editors


  1. 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.
  2. Pharmacy Research Wales is multi-stakeholder collaboration established to develop a pharmacy research strategy for Wales and is led by the All Wales Chief Pharmacists Committee. The strategic action plan is primarily aimed at Pharmacy Practitioners interested in medicines use research that can influences practice and policy to benefit the health of the people in Wales and beyond, however multi-disciplinary research and working with all healthcare professionals is encouraged


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