What are the benefits to being research ready accredited?

There are a number of potential benefits to becoming a Research Ready Accredited Pharmacy:

For the pharmacy team and wider profession

  • Improved job satisfaction
  • Pursuit of an interest in a specific aspect of practice
  • Opportunities for professional development or career change
  • Greater multidisciplinary working and integration in the wider healthcare team
  • Developing a local leadership role
  • Training and grounding in research
  • Creation of opportunities for collaborative and partnership working
  • Contribution to CPD/CFtP
  • Enhanced reputation with other healthcare professionals
  • Commitment to research excellence
  • See also the Research Ready Quick Reference Guide for pre-registration trainees

For patients and the public

  • Improve the quality of care and patient outcomes
  • Extend service provision for patient and public benefit
  • Greater involvement of patients in the design and conduct of their care

For businesses

  • Service development and innovation
  • Evidence to support service commissioning
  • More flexible and skilled workforce
  • Staff retention
  • Financial opportunities
  • Building stronger links with industry and academia

For the research community

  • Supporting the delivery of NIHR funded studies –  thus supporting NIHR's role in the quick and effective set up of studies and supporting the life-sciences industry to deliver their research programme
  • Improving the research literacy of the pharmacy profession – leading to enhanced opportunities for collaboration with academia, industry, other professions etc.

Hear from those taking part

"... it just interested me quite a lot, actually being involved in something other than just a prescription conveyor belt and being able to sort of do something that can…change things…Cos if we’re involved in any sort of trial or research project that gives good results and changes the way people practice…that can only be for the best really."

Community Pharmacist

"Some of the pharmacy staff that I work with are quite interested in research...It brings more job satisfaction…They’re saying if they can see patients are benefiting from what we’re doing then it’s a good, good feeling."

Community Pharmacist

"I thought it was a useful baseline to start getting somebody like me - who didn’t know anything about Research Ready - to think about what Research Ready means. Some of it was quite theoretical, but having now gone through it I feel a bit better informed about what could be used when it comes to putting it into practice." 

Community Pharmacist

"I think it’s been useful to work through it; it’s sort of awakened me to more research stuff and got me thinking about what can possibly be done...I’m just quite excited to be involved from the outset, although it’s of benefit to others really."

Community Pharmacist

"I think as well you’d feel more comfortable trying to start your own research if you’d already taken part in other people’s research so you’ve got more of an idea how it works."

Community Pharmacist

"I mean it’s one thing dispensing the medication and handing it out, and knowing that the patient goes away and maybe takes it and feels better as a result, but you don’t get that response...whereas when you’re involved in the project you get to engage with the patient more directly, build up a relationship with them, and hopefully see the benefits that they gain from whatever they’re involved in."

Community Pharmacist

“While it may never be something that’s a ‘must do’ in all pharmacies, I suppose it... is potentially a sign of commitment to quality.... And it may be that you’d never use it formally as an assessment to the commissioner, but I could see how... (Research Ready) could be an additional motivation as a pharmacist or a contractor to be shown to be forward-thinking and focussed on developmental issues. ‘Not just doing the day job, but I’m interested in helping make things better and being involved in research’”

Pharmacy Stakeholder