Public Involvement in Pharmacy Studies (PIPS)
The Medway School of Pharmacy has established a group of members of the public, called PIPS (Public Involvement in Pharmacy Studies). The group was initially funded by KentHealth and have been meeting regularly since September 2014, at the School on the Medway Universities campus.
Many of our research studies involve seeking the views of patients or the public about pharmacy services and using medicines. We want our work to lead to improved services and greater benefits for those who use the services. But it is really important that we understand the issues people who use pharmacies would like us to look at. Suggestions from the PIPS group have led us to carry out studies on labelling of medicines and generic medicine switches.
The PIPS Group meets every two months to debate possible topics and studies, to comment on research ideas and study documents, such as questionnaires, information sheets and letters written for patients or members of the public and to help us to disseminate our research to the wider public. In addition members contribute more generally to the undergraduate pharmacy course in a variety of ways.
There are national guidelines for payment and expenses for this type of work, which we will follow. For more information see: http://www.invo.org.uk
The Medway School of Pharmacy regularly hosts events.