Guidance and Support for research AND Evaluation

We provide resources and support for all pharmacy professionals whether new or more established in terms of research who are looking to engage in research and evaluation activities. 

These range from 1:1 advisory sessions offering dedicated support to detailed guidance documents and signposting to related training and development opportunities. We also offer the RPS Research Ready Community Pharmacy Accreditation and a Clinical Audit Hub of useful guidance.

We have also developed a comprehensive Research, Evidence and Evaluation Toolkit (REET) which allows users to identify existing research skills and to assess knowledge gaps. The toolkit is being developed and tested during 2017 and will link to further guidance, training and development opportunities for those looking to build research skills. The REET is aligned to the RPS Professional Development Programmes (Pre-Foundation, Foundation and Faculty). 

Research Resource Hub

Our research and evaluation resource hub provides guidance across the research cycle. It contains introductory information for those new to research and evaluation but also guidance, handbooks and toolkits for topics including:

    • Evaluating evidence and reviewing literature
    • Designing research questions, design and methodology
    • Analysis techniques and reporting
    • Support for conducting research (including ethical and governance requirements) 
    • Communicating and disseminating results (including publication and research impact)

See the Research Resource Hub to view and download the above guidance    


Our latest open access guidance for all pharmacy professionals

    • Preparing and presenting posters for conferences
      Outlines how to create and present a research poster at a conference to convey your study results 
    • Peer Review Guidance
      Addresses the requirements of peer review relating to funding applications; however, the general principles extend to all types of peer review
    • Conference signposting
      Details of upcoming conferences which present an opportunity for disseminating research; including, where relevant publication details

Our 1:1 Research Advisory Service

We offer monthly research advice surgeries where members of our research team are available to support you develop your research potential with 1:1 guidance on how to get involved in research and develop research ideas for funding, as well as answer any other queries such as:

      • Understanding research and evaluation
      • Developing a research project and team
      • Building your faculty R&E cluster
      • Patient and public involvement
      • Sources of funding available
      • Evaluating and publishing research
      • Getting research ready

Individual sessions last approximately 30 minutes and can be booked via the events calendar

These flexible sessions welcome attendees in person, by phone or via video conference. The team work with participants in advance to ensure the 1:1 session is as useful as possible and following the session attendees receive a development plan or signposting to further support and guidance.

'Having completed my MPharm and qualifying as a pharmacist, I wanted to learn more about how pharmacy research works and how, if possible, to share the results of my MPharm research project. Attending an RPS Research Advice Surgery was an eye opener as it provided tailored career advice and guidance on how research and practice can sit side by side from my foundation years onwards. I also found out about sharing my MPharm research findings at a conference; as I am new in the research field, the surgery supported me in writing an abstract for submission to a conference. I was delighted to hear that my project was accepted and that I would be presenting at the Health Service Research and Pharmacy Practice conference . My advice is: make the most out of what is available to you and don’t be afraid to ask for help’

- Marianna Liaskou, MPharm

I came to the RPS for support in writing up my MSc project for publication (global strategies for tackling antimicrobial resistance). I worked with the team to identify possible journals to submit to and to develop, edit and review my article.

Following responses to reviewers I’m delighted to say that my article has just been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice!'

- Funke Adeniji, MPharm

Further support and guidance

Contact the RPS Research and Evaluation team for further support or guidance [email protected].

Our expert confidential professional support service also provide practical, evaluated advice relating to professional development, research and evaluation.

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