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Report about Pharmacists' Support for Young People with Arthritis Published

August 2016


Pharmacy Research UK (PRUK) are delighted to announce the publication of research funded by the charity exhibiting the valued role pharmacists can play in supporting young people with juvenile arthritis to self-manage their condition.
The research explored the role of pharmacy for young people with long term conditions (LTCs) through the exemplar of juvenile arthritis. It builds on an earlier PRUK funded project (Arthriting) exploring young people and parents’ experiences of using medication to treat juvenile arthritis by bringing together pharmacists and rheumatology staff to explore how pharmacy might develop and promote a vision for the care of young people with long term conditions.


The project lead, pharmacist Dr Nicola Gray, said that “we know that young people find it difficult to access health services and that young people with arthritis are largely unaware of the pharmacist’s skills and relevance to their medicine-related needs. This new project shows that pharmacists have the potential to help young people to build general healthcare skills, and to respond to their queries and concerns about their medication.”


The report is available at

Research Ready workshop at PCRN National Team Meeting

Nicola Gray spoke to delegates at the PCRN national team meeting in Watford on 30 September about the Research Ready system and how it might benefit their work. Workshop attendees thought that pharmacy could reach patients who did not attend their GP very often, and could play a bigger part in trials of non-prescription medicines, but they were concerned to ensure privacy for patients in the pharmacy environment.

Research Ready launch at RPS Conference 2013, and Ministerial comment!

The RPS Conference took place at the ICC in Birmingham on 8-9 September 2013 and we demonstrated the Research Ready accreditation system to delegates from the Pharmacy Research UK stand. We also asked Earl Howe whether he knew of this development to build research capacity among community pharmacists. He said that it was of great interest to him as he has responsibility for clinical trials at DH. He said that a system like Research Ready sounded like 'a winner'! 


You can read more about Research Ready in PJ online

Research Ready fringe meeting at RPS Conference

The RPS Conference took place at the ICC in Birmingham on 9-10 September 2012 and over 30 committed delegates came to our breakfast fringe meeting at 8am on the morning after the awards dinner! Their insights to inform the ongoing development of the 'Research Ready' process are much appreciated.

Arthriting Website goes live!

The blog and survey site for the Arthriting project went live at the beginning of September. This will be an exciting time. Many thanks to all the young people who worked with the web design company Ambinet.

Pharmacy alcohol IBA service evaluation submitted

The final report of the evaluation of the North West pharmacy alcohol IBA service was submitted to the funders as planned. A dissemination package including briefing documents for stakeholder groups will now be undertaken.