Medication is one of the main interventions in mental health services. Pharmacy staff have a unique perspective on medication – from development, through formulation and to use by patients. It is vital that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians do research to ensure that patients get the best possible outcomes from medication.
There are many routes into research for pharmacy staff. These include studying for a higher research degree (e.g. MSc or PhD), being a co-applicant on a research project or a member of an advisory group, or simply being a research participant. We would strongly encourage pharmacy staff to engage with research!
5 REASONS WHY PHARMACISTS MAKE GOOD RESEARCHERS
- We are well-positioned to research the benefits and risks of medication with our clinical practice background
- Our attention to detail, a necessary skill required for research
- Our training in pharmacy and good understanding of the role of medication for both physical and mental ill-health
- Our good understanding of the perspectives of people with lived experience of medication
- Our practical experience of medication optimisation gives us a sense of what is feasible and likely to work
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CASE STUDIES OF PHARMACISTS
“Find something that you are interested in or passionate about then apply grit, perseverance, and willingness to become an expert at it.”
– Dolly Sud, Clinical Pharmacist