Training and Events

Pharmacy Research UK delivers training to support novice researchers across the UK and sponsors national events to raise the profile of excellent pharmacy research.

Health Services Research and Pharmacy Practice (HSRPP) Conference

The annual HSRPP conference seeks to identify and disseminate the latest research in health service research and pharmacy practice to inform policy and practice development. It also aims to create an environment to encourage pharmacy practice researchers to share ideas about their research with their peers.

Every year the conference is hosted by a School of Pharmacy in Great Britain and Ireland and features oral and poster presentations, keynote speakers and workshops on a range of research methods and issues pertinent to Pharmacy Practice.

The 2018 Health Services Research and Pharmacy Practice (HSRPP) conference will be hosted by Newcastle University on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th April. The HSRPP conference presents a unique opportunity for researchers within health service and pharmacy practice research to network with each other and also provides a platform for peers to give presentations on upcoming research in the area.  This year the theme is Innovative Healthcare in the 21st Century: providing smarter, safer and patient-centred health services.

PRUK Events

We run events to provide training and support to novice researchers, to highlight our funded research and to provide opportunities for networking and peer support.

Events in 2018:

Research Advice Surgeries

  • Every month PRUK work alongside the RPS research team to run research advice surgeries which can be attended in person, by phone or via video conference.  If you are thinking of applying for funding in 2018 and would like to know the types of funding and support available, these sessions are extremely useful.  Visit the RPS events page and search for ‘Research Advice Surgeries’ to find the next date available and to book your place.

Research Proposal Writing Workshop

  • PRUK and RPS are working together to run a research proposal writing workshop on the 6th and 7th March 2018. This two day workshop is designed to provide grounding in how to submit a successful application and is aimed at pharmacists who are looking to apply for research funding in 2018. The workshop will be run by Professor Felicity Smith from the UCL School of Pharmacy. PRUK recently announced that our Awards and Bursaries scheme will also be open to non-RPS pharmacists from 2018. We are therefore delighted to be able to offer a £70 refund on the workshop price to the first five non-RPS pharmacists who both attend the workshop and apply in time for the PRUK 2018 Awards and Bursaries round.  Applications for our awards and bursaries are now open and further information is available here. For more information and to book your place please visit the RPS Events page

Workshops PRUK have led since 2016:

  • Regional Pharmacy Research Conference – 21st July, Sunderland

    PRUK is proud to sponsor the second Regional Pharmacy Research Conference. After a successful inaugural conference at Durham University in 2016, this years conference will be hosted by the University of Sunderland. The conference aims to showcase current research conducted by pharmacy researchers (including undergraduate and postgraduate students), pharmacists and pre-registration trainees. It has been co-ordinated by a regional team of pharmacists and academics to foster pharmacy researchers and provide an opportunity to present current research, network and develop collaborations between pharmacy researchers, practicing pharmacists and pre-registration trainees in the region.

  • RPS Conference – 3rd-4th September, Birmingham

    Pharmacy Research UK will be sponsoring the Practice Research Award.This award recognizes individuals, aged up to 45 who have made a significant contribution to pharmacy practice research and demonstrated the potential to become a leader in the field. The winner will receive a cheque for £1,000.

  • UKCPA Conference – 24th-25th November, Leeds 

    PRUK Trust Director Rachel Joynes will be leading a workshop entitled ‘In it to win it: writing a research grant application’. For booking information visit the UKCPA website.

  • Gastroenterology for everyone: supporting generalists and specialists, 7th July 2017

    PRUK’s involvement in this masterclass helped attendees with how to put together a research proposal and develop a research question, as well as helping to develop the attendees understanding of gastroenterology service needs, how to support best practice, and encourage research and evaluation. At the end of this masterclass, participants should have been able to demonstrate a developing specialist knowledge in gastroenterology; discuss how new drug developments drive pharmacist services and how to respond to new challenges; identify, develop and realise research opportunities; develop writing skills to submit, for example, research applications and publications.

  • PRUK / RPS proposal writing workshop, 16th & 17th January 2017

    PRUK and the RPS joined forces to delivered this multi-faceted workshop to help discuss all corners of the process of writing a research proposal. The sessions consisted of a mixture of presentations/talks and group work. Participants were encouraged to share their own research questions/proposals and further develop these using the knowledge they gained in each session.

  • 2016 RPS conference:

    The EMULSION team

    PRUK led a session entitled ‘Where do you fall into the unlicensed medicines trap? The challenges of unlicensed medicines’. It was ran in conjunction with the RPS and the EMULSION team from the University of Sunderland (Who received funding from PRUK) and UKCPA.





  • 2016 UKCPA annual conference:

In partnership with the UKCPA, PRUK gave a session entitled “Use of unlicensed medicines within primary and secondary care settings: a qualitative study”.

  • 2016 BOPA Symposium grant writing talk:

At the 2016 BOPA annual symposium, PRUK Research Manager Desh Mofidi gave a presentation on how to develop a proposal for the PRUK-BOPA partnership award that launched in January 2016. Desh provided an overview on the application process, in addition to the key points that potential applicants should consider before submitting a proposal.