Winner of the 2014 RPS Conference Pharmacy Research UK award announced

Dr Ellen Schafheutle has been announced as winner of the 2014 Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s prestigious Pharmacy Research UK award. The award will be presented at the RPS conference in Birmingham this September, when Dr Schafheutle will deliver a 30 minute plenary lecture on her prize winning research.

The award is supported by Pharmacy Research UK and recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of pharmacy practice research and has the potential to become a leader in the field. Dr Schafheutle, who is Senior Lecturer in Law and Professionalism in Pharmacy at the University of Manchester Pharmacy School, will receive this award in recognition of her research into prescription charges, and professional regulation and education.

Dr Schafheutle, who came to Manchester to undertake an MSc in clinical pharmacy and subsequently discovered a passion for research, said:

“I am very excited and proud that my research has been recognised by this award. What I love about my research is that, with a little bit of blue sky thinking, the issues I have investigated have always had real relevance and have impacted on policy and practice.”

Dr Schafheutle’s lecture will be entitled ‘Research informed pharmacy policy & practice: Answers to big questions – getting the detail right.’ For this she will focus on her more recent work, following the pharmacy student through pre-registration training into practice and beyond, addressing temporary issues of professionalism, fitness to practise, revalidation and required changes to pharmacy policy to support pharmacists as clinical professionals.

Chair of the Trustees of Pharmacy Research UK, Professor Anthony Smith, said:

“On behalf of my fellow Trustees I would like to congratulate Dr Schafheutle on her success. Over the past years she has produced a significant body of research into pharmacy regulation, policy and practice. The impact of her work is considerable. Dr Schafheutle’s expertise has been called upon by Parliament, the Department of Health and the General Pharmaceutical Council. She is a most worthy winner and a person who will continue to produce robust and timely research into our profession”.

For further information please contact:

Charlotte Coates charlotte.coates@rpharms.com

Notes for Editors

1) The Pharmacy Research UK Award Lecture will be given at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Conference (7th and 8th September) on Monday the 8th September. The winner of the award will also be asked to write an abstract of their lecture for publication in the RPS Conference Supplement of the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice and a summary of their lecture will also appear in the Pharmaceutical Journal.

2) Notes on the application process are available at: http://www.rpharms.com/rps-conference-2014/rps-pharmacy-research-uk-award.asp?

3) Pharmacy Research UK was formed in 2012, born of a merger between the Pharmacy Practice Research Trust (PPRT) and the Pharmaceutical Trust for Educational and Charitable Objects (PTECO). The charity offers a range of funding including project grants and personal research awards. www.pharmacyresearchuk.org

5) The RPS Conference 2014 is being held on Sunday the 7th and Monday the 8th September at the Birmingham International Convention Centre (ICC). For further information please visit: http://www.rpharms.com/events/rps-annual-conference.asp

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