The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), supported by the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK), have launched the first e-learning module in a series for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to develop their skills and knowledge in research.
A total of nine e-learning modules will be released by the end of 2022 to improve research awareness, knowledge and skills for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with little or no experience of research or research opportunities.
The aim is to improve the capacity of pharmacy professionals to provide the evidence base to improve the practice of pharmacy and the health of the public. The modules cover:
- What research is
- How to turn ideas into a research project
- Different research methods
- Practical considerations when undertaking research
The e-learning modules will be accessible from their e-learning platform. Each module takes around 45 to 60 minutes to complete and they can be done as single episodes of learning, or as a full set.
RPS President Professor Claire Anderson said: “Many pharmacy professionals are rather daunted by getting involved in research. Indeed, we have heard from pharmacists undertaking our post-registration credentialing assessments that the Research domain can present a real challenge.
“However, we believe it’s important that all pharmacy professionals have the opportunity to engage in research activities, not only to develop professionally, but also to contribute to and build on the pharmacy evidence base. We hope these e-learning modules will give you the confidence to start getting involved in research activities as part of your day-to-day practice.”
Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England, David Webb said: “These accessible e-learning modules offer a valuable opportunity for pharmacy professionals to learn more about contributing to, participating in and leading research – enabling a positive impact on patient care and professional skills and equipping pharmacists and pharmacy technicians for the future.”
President of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK, Claire Steele said: “This is a fantastic example of how partnership working can produce development opportunities for pharmacy professionals with a real focus on improving pharmacy practice and importantly benefiting our patients and communities.”
Director of Programmes and Impact at NIHR Academy, Dr Pete Thompson said: “The new online resources that will be generated from this initiative will provide opportunities to engage clinicians who may not have experience of research and allow them to gain new skills to enable them to feel more confident to engage with research and research opportunities.”