Research: Next steps

Last updated: Sunday, July 11, 2021

Find out who is doing research already in your pharmacy department, and ask if you can help or collaborate.

In this tutorial we haven't talked about research ethics, but you may need approval from a research ethics committee for some studies. This is now organised via a centralised process overseen by the NHS Health Research Authority, and there is a decision tool to help you decide if you need research ethics committee approval. An application is not something you would be expected to take on by yourself, but you may wish to understand the process.

CPPE hosts a guide entitled Research, designed to support pharmacy professionals who plan to engage in or carry out a research project. It looks at research terms, methods, resources, planning and governance, as well as methods of sharing your findings.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society provides a range of resources and support for pharmacy professionals who are members, whether new or more established in terms of research. This includes one-to-one advisory sessions, and a toolkit to allow pharmacists to assess their research skills and to assess theirknowledge gaps.

Pharmacy Research UK is an organisation that supports pharmacists and pharmacy to improve healthcare for the benefit of patients and the public. Their mentorship scheme is designed to help pharmacy professionals looking to develop their skills within a research environment.