RPS Research Forum

“Addressing the challenges to drive research and innovation in pharmacy”


Next Forum: wednesday 6 june 2018, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, London


The RPS Research Forum is designed to facilitate dialogue about research and evaluation within the pharmacy sector. We welcome professionals from all stages of practice who are new to research and evaluation and would like to strengthen their knowledge and skills in this area.

The forum aims to build a community of current and prospective research-active peers to enable support and collaborative networking. Discussions are framed by a series of short talks and workshops with an opportunity for participants to discuss challenges and share best practice.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to develop research & evaluation projects
  • Discuss ways to overcome the challenges
  • Broaden their network of contacts
  • Understand the support resources available


The next RPS Research Forum will be held on Wednesday 6 June 2018 at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society London and will focus specifically on community pharmacy

Innovation in pharmacy is essential to improve the services delivered and patient outcomes. Research and evaluation ensure that we have the body of knowledge required for evidence-based decision making. The RPS Research Forum 2018 will be an opportunity to discuss research in the sector, how involvement can be enhanced and challenges overcome. If you work in community pharmacy and have little or no research training (e.g. MSc or PhD), then this event is for you.

 Register for the June 2018 Research Forum  **BOOKINGS ARE NOW CLOSED**



The Research Forum will bring together a small group from the community pharmacy sector for a discussion about research and evaluation and how involvement can be enhanced. Designed with novice researchers in mind, the event will feature a lively discussion of the relevance and benefits of research, along with a series of interactive workshops and presentations to help you transform your research idea into a project. 

The objectives of the day are:

  • Briefly outline the importance of good research and the relevance and benefits of this for community pharmacy and pharmacy professionals  
  • Discuss how to become involved in research
  • Discuss participant’s research ideas and how these can be taken forward
  • Briefly outline the principles of critical appraisal to inform good research practice
  • Develop a strategy for future community pharmacy research events
  • Enable participants to return to their locality and disseminate key ideas obtained during the day.


Overview of the day

The session will enable a small group of interested community pharmacists to start the process of participating in research with the aim of facilitating wider dissemination of ideas in their local area. The day will include a number of talks from a number of experts in the field, and include workshops, discussion and debate.

To book onto the event, click here.

Who should attend?

  • Community pharmacists without any research training i.e. not registered for, or completed, an MSc or PhD
  • Community pharmacists with an interest in engaging in research
  • Community pharmacists willing to disseminate information back to their local area e.g. via LPFs



Dr Michael Twigg

Dr Adam Todd

Dr Sarah Willis

Dr Mahendra Patel

Desh Mofidi

Lecturer in Primary Care Pharmacy

Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Public Health in Undergraduate Pharmacy

Lecturer in Social Pharmacy

Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy

Research Manager

University of East Anglia

Durham University

University of Manchester

University of Huddersfield

Pharmacy Research UK



 9:30 - 10:00

Registration (refreshments will be provided)

10:00 - 10:05

Welcome and Introduction

Dr Michael Twigg, Lecturer in Primary Care Pharmacy, University of East Anglia

10:05 - 10:30

Research and innovation in community pharmacy

Outcome: Understanding why we do research and its importance for pharmacy; different types of research and levels of involvement; approaches to funding and funding opportunities.

10:30 - 10:45

Research Success Stories

Dr Adam Todd, Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Public Health in Undergraduate Pharmacy, Durham University

Dr Sarah Willis, Lecturer in Social Pharmacy, University of Manchester

Dr Mahendra Patel, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy, University of Huddersfield

10:45 - 11:00

Funding opportunities for community pharmacy - Pharmacy Research UK (PRUK)

Desh Mofidi, Research Manager, Pharmacy Research UK

11:00 - 11:15

Refreshments and networking

11:15 - 12:30

Workshop: Research barriers and facilitators

Outcome: Discussion about the barriers, challenges and facilitators to conducting research in community pharmacy. Problem solving of barriers to involvement in research.

12:30 - 12:45

Support available for community pharmacy

Pauline Whitelaw, Research Services Associate, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

12:45 - 13:30

Lunch and networking

13:30 - 15:00

Interactive session: Bringing your research ideas to life

Outcome: During this session you will be able to share and discuss your own ideas, learn how you can find the right literature and evidence, the right team and collaborators to support your project and the right funding.

15:00 - 16:00

Future strategy for community pharmacy research involvement (refreshments will be provided)

16:00 - 16:15

Evaluation and Close




Who can attend? Who can attend?

The RPS Research Forum welcomes professionals from all stages of practice who are new to research and evaluation and would like to strengthen their knowledge and skills in this area. If the mention of ‘research’ sounds daunting, this event is for you.

Why should I attend? Why should I attend?

The forum is an ideal opportunity to share ideas and experiences with colleagues, to network and find the support you need to successfully undertake your research and evaluation. During the day you will also have the opportunity to learn how to develop research & evaluation projects and identify support resources to overcome challenges.

How do I register? How do I register?

Booking for the RPS Research Forum 2018 is now open on our  events page.

Travel and Parking Travel and Parking


Nearest stations serving the RPS London Office are: 

  • Tower Hill (District Line, Circle Line, London Underground) - 6-8 min walk
  • Fenchurch Street (C2C Rail) - 8 min walk
  • Aldgate (Metropolitan Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Circle Line, London Underground) - 8 min walk
  • Aldgate East (District Line, Hammersmith & City Line, London Underground) - 10 min walk


The RPS offices unfortunately don't offer on-site parking.  There is however parking (requiring payment) on John Fisher Street, and by St Katherine's Dock.

What will happen during the event? What will happen during the event?

The RPS Research Forum will feature a series of short talks and workshops with an opportunity for participants to discuss their own research ideas to develop them into a research project. Keep an eye on this page for further updates about this event.

What will be the outcome of the event? What will be the outcome of the event?

Outputs from the event will be available on this page. If you would like to read more about the first Research Forum, held on Tuesday 10 October 2017, click here to see the programme and event summary

Contact Contact

For further information about the forum, contact the RPS Research Team at [email protected].


The first Research Forum was held on Tuesday 10 October 2017 and brought together more than 30 current and prospective research-active peers for a discussion about the challenges currently faced in pharmacy, how to overcome these and how the RPS can best support members and the wider workforce.

If you would like to read more about this first event click here to see the event summary.