Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship in Patient Safety and Medicines by sdfsb346f


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									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 Application forms can be downloaded

For further information or informal discussion please contact Dr. Gerry Armitage at or Dr. Julie Morgan at

The deadline for applications is February 22nd 2010.
   Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship in Patient Safety and
                  Medicines Management

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

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


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

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

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

D. Has been involved in a patient safety initiative.

D. Experience of running a project / project management skills.


E. Committed team player; inquiring approach, attention to detail, demonstrates
strong professional ethos, willingness to work across disciplines and organisational

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