Is Research Ready right for me & my team?

Information for pharmacy owners / superintendents Information for pharmacy owners / superintendents

The Superintendent/Owner plays an important role in the Research Ready accreditation scheme in ensuring that the pharmacy team is supported in their research activity.

A key requirement of the Research Ready accreditation is that the Superintendent/Owner declares their commitment to support the pharmacy in this way. A declaration form has been developed which can be discussed between the proposed Research Lead in the community pharmacy and the superintendent/owner. This document can be adapted locally, but it represents the minimum commitment to research in a Research Ready Accredited pharmacy. You should read this in conjunction with the document which outlines the Roles and Responsibilities of the Research Lead.

We are working with community pharmacy representatives to further support pharmacies to participate in research, if you are interested or would like to be involved then please contact the Research Ready team.

Information for pre-registration trainees Information for pre-registration trainees

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. 

Information for the pharmacy Research Lead Information for the pharmacy Research Lead

A Research Lead must be appointed before a pharmacy can self-accredited as Research Ready.  The Research Lead must be either a pharmacist or pharmacy technician registered with the GPhC.

The role of the Research Lead in the Research Ready pharmacy is detailed below.

General roles

  1. To exchange information with the pharmacy/company management about research in the pharmacy: If approached directly by any researchers to take part in a project; If the company has been contacted centrally to take part in a project;
  2. To be a resource for the pharmacy team about research (e.g. general training opportunities).  The Powerpoint presentation Research Ready - An Introduction explains the background to research ready and can be used as a training aid with colleagues;
  3. To update the Research Ready accreditation at the appropriate intervals (yearly, and/or if a change occurs in relevant pharmacy details);
  4. To undergo Good Clinical Practice training, and to update it as appropriate;
  5. To keep up-to-date with relevant research governance, information governance and trials regulations;
  6. To be consulted before a decision is made for the pharmacy to take part in a project;
  7. To archive past project information;
  8. To monitor general maintenance of project-related equipment (e.g. thermometers);
  9. To maintain a record of all projects (past and present) that have taken place in the pharmacy;
  10. To ensure that appropriate general/specific project materials are on display in the pharmacy and on the pharmacy website, where applicable;
  11. To undertake a comprehensive handover of duties and information before they leave the role / pharmacy.

Roles when a project is underway in the pharmacy


  1. To be the primary point of contact with the project investigators
  2. To be a resource for pharmacy staff, other health professionals, and patients/customers;
  3. To update the pharmacy/company management about the project progress;
  4. To monitor that all participating staff have received study-specific training for the project;
  5. To ensure that monitoring of project equipment takes place (e.g. thermometers);
  6. To maintain the project file;
  7. To make progress reports to investigators as appropriate;
  8. To delegate project roles to other suitably qualified staff as appropriate, and to document this;
  9. To monitor availability of project materials (e.g. information packs) and to re-order as needed;
  10. To organise facilities for investigator team and MHRA visits as necessary;
  11. To keep a record of income and expenditure from the project (in conjunction with the company finance office if appropriate).