Why is Research Ready important for pre-registration trainees?
The GPhC Pre-registration Manual requires that all pre-registration trainees must ‘know how to contribute to research and development activities to improve health outcomes’. Additionally, you may well have been asked to contribute to, or organise a small audit project during your pre-registration training.
The process for accrediting the pharmacy as Research Ready will help you think about what your pharmacy needs to become research active and to support you in achieving best practice. Research Ready is an online self-accreditation assessment which enables community pharmacies involved in or considering becoming involved in research or research support activities to demonstrate their commitment to research excellence.
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:
1. Research support – ensuring the superintendent pharmacist or management team support the research and that all the pharmacy team and briefed
2. Research space and resources – covering issues such as storage, record keeping, internet access and consultation areas
3. Patient medication record – ensuring the PMR system and procedures are suitable for research purposes
4. Governance and ethical review
5. Responsibilities to patients, public and staff.
How can research ready help my career?
Research and evaluation are embedded in pharmacy education. This carries through once you are qualified as a pharmacist to the professional development and recognition programmes and portfolios such as the RPS Foundation Programme and the RPS Faculty
Enhanced job satisfaction, professional development opportunities, access to free training (e.g. Good Clinical Practice), contribution to CPD/CFtP, improving the quality of care for patients, and service development and innovations are some of the other benefits of Research Ready. See also Research Ready benefits.
The following RPS Research Ready resources may be of interest to pre-registration trainees:
How does my pharmacy become Research Ready?
There are six steps to Research Ready accreditation summarised below. For further information see ‘Six Steps to Research Ready Accreditation’
How do we get involved in further research?
Once your pharmacy is 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.