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.
Support for existing and future practitioners. Several projects have involved the development and evaluation of novel teaching methods for undergraduates, development and evaluation of training materials for pharmacy staff providing advice on alcohol, evaluation of training in behaviour change therapy and the need for pharmacist training in nutrition.
- Developing a medicines use review service in Italy
This project, conducted by Andrea Manfrin, began with an initial feasibility study which involved four regions of Italy in piloting a novel service similar to the English MUR. Having then obtained the views of pharmacists, GPs and patients on the service, Andrea has now completed a randomised, controlled trial to evaluate the potential benefits of this service, in asthmatic patients. Through this work, the Medway School of Pharmacy is supporting pharmacists in Italy to improve their skills and develop future services.
- Developing community pharmacists’ consultation skills
We have developed a Consultation Skills Training and Assessment Package for community pharmacists in MUR and NMS interactions with patients, funded by the South London Health Innovation and Education Cluster (HIEC). Further work, involving Dr Shivaun Gammie, has sought the experiences of pharmacists in delivering consultations.
- Integrating Community Pharmacy into the Urgent and Emergency Care Pathways
This work involves Dr Trudy Thomas and Mrs Linda Dodds, who are funded by Health Education Kent Surrey Sussex.
- ‘Walk in my Shoes’
This project, carried out in Lewisham CCG, in which community pharmacists and GPs changed places to learn what life is really like from the other side, is being evaluated by Dr Trudy Thomas, funded by the CCG.
- Community pharmacist public health services
A survey conducted by Catherine Dewsbury in 2012 showed that pharmacists were keen to increase public health service provision, but since then changes to the commissioning processes have taken place. Current work involves both repeating this survey to assess whether views have changed and gathering information on current public health service provision across England.