Pharmacy Research Strategy for Wales

WSPCR in conjunction with SEWAHSP (South East Wales Academic Health Science) organised a workshop held 21st May 2014, to facilitate the development of Pharmacy Research Strategy for Wales.

Aim of workshop: To produce an All Wales strategy for the development of R&D in Clinical Academic Pharmacy.

Scope: Wales - NHS - Primary and Secondary Care. Academic Pharmacy Departments. Pharmacy and Pharmacy Technicians.

Plan: We plan to develop a strategy that is based upon good engagement to help prioritise clinical research themes, gain ownership of these themes, maximise academic capability and increase clinical academic research.

Questions for consideration ahead of the day:

  • What are the top 3 priority areas for pharmacy in Wales?
  • What resources/support do you require to facilitate the research that your department/organisation needs?
  • What research support or facilities does your organisation provide (for clinical academic pharmacists)?
  • What do you need research to deliver for your department/organisation?
  • What research training is available (for clinical academic pharmacists)?

Proposed developments from the day include the following:

Research Strategy
One of the key outcomes from the day was to inform the development of a Pharmacy Practice Research Strategy. The Steering Committee will be drafting this document for wider consultation and we welcome engagement with this, whether as individuals or on behalf of the organisations you were representing at the event. The development of further supporting events may be an outcome of the strategy implementation.

Activity Survey
The survey of practitioner research and development activity over the last two years is an initial exploration of capacity and capability resources. The closing date for this survey is 20th June 2014 and we would encourage participation. A report will be disseminated by Richard Boldero who is leading on this activity.

Research Culture
We would ask that individuals take their enthusiasm for this agenda back to departments and continue to embed a research culture (eg include R&D regularly on dept agendas, consider inclusion in job plans, consider local R&D networking opportunities etc).

Engagement from all stakeholders is welcomed with comments on early drafts of a strategy and subsequent implementation.

Workshop participants:

  1. Beth Allen, Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  2. Brian Hawkins, Cwm Taf University Health Board
  3. Christopher Brown, ABMU Health Board
  4. Dai John, Cardiff University
  5. Daniel Harris, ABM U HB
  6. Darrell Baker, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
  7. David McRae, Cwm Taf University Health Board
  8. Efi Mantzourani, Cardiff School of Pharmacy Redwood Building
  9. Fiona Woods, Welsh Medicines Information Centre
  10. Howard Rowe, Cwm Taf University Health Board
  11. Jamie Hayes, Welsh Medicines Resource Centre
  12. Janet Gilbertson, Cwm Taf University Healthboard
  13. Jenna Bowen, School of Pharmacy, Cardiff University
  14. Joanne Ferris, ABPI Cymru Wales
  15. Joanne Kember, BCUHB HPF
  16. John Harris, ABMU HB
  17. Judith Vincent, ABMU Health Board
  18. Julie Postle, Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK
  19. Karen Hodson, Cardiff University
  20. Kevin Smith, Powys Teaching Health Board
  21. Louise Hughes, Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  22. Margaret Allan, WCPPE
  23. Mark Gumbleton, Cardiff University
  24. Mark Ireland, Boots UK
  25. Mark Oldcorne, BCUHB
  26. Mathew Smith, Cardiff School of Pharmacy
  27. Paul Deslandes, Cardiff and Vale UHB
  28. Paul Harris, Boots UK
  29. Dyfrig Hughes, Bangor University
  30. Gary F. Baxter, Cardiff University, School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
  31. Rocio Riba, Hywel Dda University Health Board
  32. Robyn Davies WSPCR
  33. Roger Walker, Welsh Government
  34. Roger Williams, ABMU
  35. Sarah Hiom, Cardiff and Vale UHB
  36. Sophie Harding, Velindre NHS Trust
  37. Sue Bevan, SEWAHSP
  38. Thomas Ferguson, Cardiff University