Clinical and professional practice
Pharmacists have two key functions which serve the public - ensuring best use of medicines and supporting improvements in health. Our research encompasses both these functions by exploring the impact of using medicines, ways of enhancing medicines use and of improving public health, with a focus on cardiovascular and related diseases, mental health and neurological conditions. We underpin this by providing and evaluating the educational and other support needed by current and future practising pharmacists.
To find out more about our research and current projects follow the links below.
Development and evaluation of novel services. Previous studies have evaluated public health services provided by community pharmacies such as pharmacy NHS health checks, weight management services and point of care testing. Ongoing work is studying the role of community pharmacists in promoting physical exercise and supporting people with epilepsy, stroke and mild to moderate mental health problems.
- Behaviour change counselling
Dr Trudy Thomas’s PhD evaluated the use of behaviour change therapy delivered by community pharmacists to increase the amount of physical activity undertaken by people with mild to moderate depression. She is now evaluating the feasibility of using behaviour change counselling (BCC) provided by a community pharmacist to support weight loss. The study is funded by a bursary from the National Pharmacy Association and is being conducted in Dartford.
- Pharmacist reviews in epilepsy
Dr Thomas is also evaluating the provision of medication reviews for patients with epilepsy as one method of supporting them to reduce medication-related issues. The work is supported by Lewisham CCG and is being underpinned by the work of a PhD student, Michelle Cashin-Cox.
- Pharmacist support for stroke
Community pharmacy services for patients who have undergone a stroke is the focus of Dr Sarah Corlett and Mrs Linda Dodds, who together with PhD student, Daniel Da Costa, are exploring patients’ needs and how pharmacists can best provide support.
- Community pharmacy workload and novel pharmacy services
This PhD project, being undertaken by Mrs Victoria Lea, and supervised by Dr Ruth Rodgers and Dr Sarah Corlett, involves the observation of community pharmacists at the workplace and comparison of this with self-reported workloads. Ultimately this project will identify barriers to the development and uptake of novel pharmaceutical services.
- Light therapy
PhD student Jackie Walsh is studying the feasibility of using light therapy to treat mild to moderate depression in primary care, supervised by Dr Sarah Corlett and Dr Gurprit Lall.