The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has given its backing to a new pharmacy research strategy for Wales which was formally launched on 14 October 2016.
‘Pharmacy Research for Wales: a 5-year strategic action plan for research in pharmacy’, which was developed under the guidance of the All Wales Chief Pharmacist Committee, aims to develop a lasting culture within the pharmacy profession to create an improvement in the quality and quantity of research that influences practice and policy to benefit the health of the people of Wales and beyond. To do this, the strategy lays out 17 recommendations grouped into four themes: culture; workforce; knowledge sharing; and research priorities.
“Engaging with research and evaluation is a core component of professional development,” says Rachel Joynes, head of research and evaluation at the RPS. “The new strategy will increase engagement across the research community in Wales and raise awareness of the support available to those wishing to undertake pharmacy research.”
Mair Davies, director for RPS Wales, says that developing an evidence base for pharmacy is vital to the future of the profession and RPS Wales will be playing its part to ensure this is enabled. “RPS Wales are key stakeholders in a coordinated underpinning of research across Wales to ensure that aspiring researchers are fully supported at all career levels and we are committed to developing pharmacists in research.”
For more information about the strategy visit the Pharmacy Research Wales website.