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NIHR funding for clinical and research training opened up to pharmacists

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Pharmacists with at least one year of experience will be eligible to apply

Pharmacists are now eligible to apply for funding from the National Institute for Health Research and Health Education England to develop their clinical and research skills at masters or PhD level.

Pharmacists who have worked for a minimum of one year can apply for a masters in clinical research place or a clinical doctoral research fellowship, which are part of the NIHR/HEE clinical academic training programme. The funding was previously open only to nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Beth Allen, head of research at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, said: “This is great news for pharmacists in England and the patients they care for. We now need to move quickly to make the most of this opportunity to develop further our pharmacy research leaders; working with our members in academia and clinical practice to identify our brightest and best, and support them through this competitive funding process.”

Ms Allen explained that the RPS plans to support members who are considering applying by hosting events and workshops, as well as producing articles giving hints and tips regarding the application and interview process.

Chairman of HEE’s pharmacy research workforce task and finish group Peter Noyce said: “This funding will provide pharmacists with the opportunity to combine clinical practice with an academic role simultaneously, leading to the generation and study of clinically focused and clinically informed research questions. Further work is now under way to develop a cadre of pharmacist leaders in clinical research with a particular focus on medicines-related patient safety and benefit, resulting in enhanced practice and patient outcomes.”  

Funding covers the successful applicants’ salary and course fees.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11132136

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