Applications invited for PhD studentship in Patient Safety Highly competitive enhanced stipend of £28,000 per annum. Four-year fixed-term contract in the first instance with the prospect of developing a practice-based research career in the field of medicines safety as part of a dynamic multi-professional team. This is a novel and exciting opportunity for a capable and enthusiastic pharmacist to undertake a research programme leading to a PhD while simultaneously advancing their pharmacy practice. The successful applicant will take up a specific role in the clinical pharmacy service at the Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust (BTHFT) as a Band 8a pharmacist on a 0.2 WTE appointment. A highly competitive stipend together with funding of fees is available to support this studentship. Three partnering organisations: the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR), University of Bradford School of Pharmacy (BSP) and Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust (BTHFT) invite applications for a pharmacy PhD studentship in medicines safety. The student will be jointly supervised by a Senior Fellow in patient safety at the BIHR, an academic member of staff in BSP, and an experienced practising pharmacist with a lead role in patient safety from BTHFT. The student will be based in BIHR and BTHFT and will engage in the formal and informal training offered by the collaborating institutions. The successful applicant will conduct their research within the Bradford and Airedale health economy and to spend the equivalent of one day per week in a clinical role at BTHFT. The research will focus primarily on the areas of medicines reconciliation at the interface between primary and secondary care, particularly focussing on medical admissions and discharges and the use of an electronic health record. There will be a strong emphasis on applying the research findings to practice and national dissemination. Further information, including the essential and desirable characteristics of applicants, is attached. Interested pharmacists should submit their application including a copy of their current CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application forms can be downloaded from www.bradford.ac.uk/jobs For further information or informal discussion please contact Dr. Gerry Armitage at Gerry.email@example.com or Dr. Julie Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for applications is February 22nd 2010. Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship in Patient Safety and Medicines Management 2010-2014 The Bradford Institute for Health Research together with its host organisation, the Bradford NHS Hospitals Trust, and the University of Bradford invite applications from registered pharmacists who wish to develop a dynamic, practice-driven research career. The Bradford Institute for Health Research currently holds eight nationally funded programme grants, two of which are dedicated to patient safety. The associated Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research Group have commissioned a number of doctoral fellowships, which continue to enhance the existing multi-disciplinary body of expertise in this critical branch of health services research. The Bradford NHS Hospitals Trust has gathered the reputation of being one of the safest hospitals in northern England; the Trust has been especially pro-active in medication safety and participated in several national initiatives and campaigns. The Bradford School of Pharmacy is long established and committed to multidisciplinary, high quality research. BSP has a large Pharmacy Practice Division within which all branches of the profession are represented. The successful applicant will be a highly motivated, naturally inquisitive, team player committed to the development of safe, high quality medicines management through research. S/he will register for the degree of MPhil/PhD with the University of Bradford and conduct a substantial research project in collaboration with the Trust’s Pharmacy Department and the Bradford School of Pharmacy at the University. The duration of the fellowship is four years. Mentorship and supervision will be provided by a small team of pharmacy and patient safety researchers, and a senior pharmacist in the Trust. The focus of the project will reflect the developing agenda of patient safety research at the Institute. We are especially interested to advance our work on medicines reconciliation and the use of electronic health records. To maintain an ongoing link between research and practice, the successful applicant will work in the pharmacy department for the equivalent of one day each week, the remaining four days equivalent being dedicated to the research project. This model provides a tangible link between the three organisations involved, as well as an ongoing opportunity to share the implications of the project with front line staff and other health care providers. Essential (E) and Desirable (D) Characteristics of the postholder Qualifications: E. Qualifications: First degree (2:1 or above) in Pharmacy. E. Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB). E. Studied research methods as part of undergraduate studies, or as part of a post graduate qualification. E. Complies with RPSGB requirements regarding Continuing Professional Development. D. Higher degree/post graduate clinical diploma. D. Has completed a post graduate qualification in research methods. Knowledge and Skills: E. Two or more years experience as a qualified pharmacist in a hospital, community or primary care setting in the UK. E. Has a basic awareness of the priorities in increasing medication safety and the key interventions. E. A good understanding of the principles of clinical governance in practice. E. Proven ability to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary setting. E. General computer literacy skills, including use of databases and literature searching. E. Ability to interpret complex information and to make decisions, sometimes based on conflicting or incomplete information. E. Flexible and able to modify approach to achieve objectives. D. Proven ability to develop and meet medium to long-term objectives. D. Has led or been part of a research team conducting health services research. D. Has experience of writing for publication in academic journals or NHS publications. D. Has been involved in a patient safety initiative. D. Experience of running a project / project management skills. Attitudes: E. Committed team player; inquiring approach, attention to detail, demonstrates strong professional ethos, willingness to work across disciplines and organisational boundaries.