PRUK were delighted to attend the RPS Winter Summit, which took place on Tuesday 5th December at the Mary Ward House in London. The RPS Winter Summit was the first of its kind and was designed to bridge the gap between industry, academia, policy and practice, by showcasing the latest innovations in science, research and education.
The event was a great success, with many delegates expressing how useful it was to hear the latest research being undertaken in their area and across other sectors.
A fabulous turnout @rpharms #RPSsummit We need more events hosted by @rpharms to showcase the great work being done in education, training and research within the #pharmacy profession #SharingGoodPractice pic.twitter.com/gMbxtvmy92
— Nadia Bukhari (@NadiaBukhariUCL) December 5, 2017
Great day at #RPSSummit – learned loads, have been inspired, and made some useful contacts. Can't ask for more from a conference, really.
— Dr Ryan Hamilton (@RyanPharmilton) December 5, 2017
Attendees included our very own PRUK funded researchers and Dr Sarah Slight, 2018 HSRPP Chair, delivered her practice research award speech – How can health information technologies improve patient safety? Members of the PRUK Scientific Advisory Panel Professor Rachel Elliott and Professor Christine Bond were also in attendance and presented on innovations in health information and information technology intervention for reducing errors in medication management.
The PRUK team engaged with delegates from a range of backgrounds and expertise, raising awareness of the different services and funding schemes that PRUK offer. This included promoting the PRUK mentoring scheme, which was positively welcomed by delegates. It was great to see such a high level of engagement throughout the conference and PRUK were very proud to be providing services that are so well received.
The PRUK team were thrilled to meet with some of the PRUK award, bursary and project grant recipients, who were in attendance to present their research findings. This included Nicholas Thayer, presenting on targeted Medicines Use Review activity, Emma Davies presenting on trends in strong opioid prescribing in a primary care population: preliminary results from the trends in opioid prescribing and associated health care utilisation in Wales study, as well as Esnath Magola, Elizabeth Miller and Nicola Gray. It was also fantastic to meet the delegates who signed up as mentors and mentees to our mentoring scheme in person.
Overall PRUK felt that the Winter Summit was a great example of how pharmacy research can be showcased and the high calibre research demonstrated the difference that this research can make to patients. We look forward to future events and hope that our research funding and services can continue to provide benefits to patients through great pharmacy research.
Written by Desh Modifi, PRUK Research Manager