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Research Ready

Research Ready is an online self-accreditation tool which enables community pharmacies involved in or considering becoming involved in research or research support activities to demonstrate their commitment to research excellence. 

Research isn’t just for hospital and university settings.  As a community pharmacist you can both lead your own research activities or engage in research support activities such as audit and service evaluation, supplying treatments, identifying suitable patients and even medicines optimisation activity. 

How does Research Ready work?

Research Ready asks pharmacies to commit that resources, staffing and consent arrangements are in place and covers five core areas which are aligned with latest research governance frameworks. 

Once you are an accredited Research Ready community pharmacy, we’ll let your local research networks know about your interest in research support activities. We hold a database of all accredited pharmacies which we use to advise research councils, medical research charities and universities about pharmacies interested in taking part in research.

Research Ready can also be used as the first step on your research journey as part of your professional development and recognition portfolio.

We provide guidance and resources to help you think about what your pharmacy needs to become Research Ready and to support you in achieving best practice.

Research Ready self-accreditation is free for RPS members although you don’t have to be a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to be involved in the Research Ready initiative, and you’re under no obligation to accept any invitations you receive.

Research Ready accreditation is issued for a period of three years after which the Research Lead is required to re-accredit the pharmacy.


Six steps to Research Ready

There are six steps to Research Ready accreditation or re-accreditation.  Use our handy checklist to ensure you have everything ready before starting the assessment.


Research Ready online assessment

The Research Ready online assessment should be completed by the pharmacist or pharmacy technician who will take on the role of Research Lead within the Research Ready Community Pharmacy and who must be willing to take professional responsibility for completing the accreditation assessment.  

There are five key sections to the assessment:

1. Research Support e.g. are your Superintendent and Pharmacy Team supportive of participating in research?
2. Research Space and Resources e.g. adequate storage space, allocated staff time etc.
3. Patient Medication Record e.g. data searches, maintaining data quality etc.
4. Governance and Ethical Review e.g. understanding research governance, ethics etc.
5. Responsibilities to Patients, Public and Staff e.g. Data Protection, informed consent, indemnity, remuneration etc

If your community pharmacy can meet the requirements outlined in the required five sections then you can submit your application to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for accreditation of your premises.

Once you have completed your assessment the information will be held by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and will be shared with the research networks of the National Institute for Health Research to support and enable your involvement in existing studies.

The RPS's Research Ready team will use the data to advise research councils, medical research charities and universities about interested pharmacy sites. You will then receive invitations to take part in studies (via the RPS or NIHR research networks), but you are not under obligation to take part. You should make decisions on a case-by-case basis.

Research Ready accreditation is issued for a period of three years after which the Research Lead is required to re-accredit the pharmacy.

 

Complete the self-accreditation tool

 

Please note that we currently check Research Ready accreditation assessments on a monthly basis.

Essential reading for Research Ready accreditation

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