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 and promoting physical exercise in depression. Studies are also researching how pharmacists can better support people with epilepsy and stroke .
Pharmacist reviews in epilepsy
Dr Trudy Thomas has evaluated the provision of medication reviews for patients with epilepsy as one method of supporting them to reduce medication-related issues. Current work, involving a PhD student, Michelle Cashin-Cox, is looking at how patients with epilepsy can have better consultations through completion of specifically-designed questionnaires.
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 have explored patients’ needs and how pharmacists can best provide support. Their work has been supported by the Stroke Association and has led to the development of a screening tool to identify those most at risk of poor adherence and direct them to a community pharmacist for support.