Pharmacy Research UK (PRUK) and the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP) have entered a new partnership to offer full or associate members of the CMHP the opportunity to receive a Research Award for projects which aim to benefit patients with mental illness, and which contribute to enhancing the quality of care with psychiatric medicines through improving pharmaceutical services or ensuring safe and effective use of medicines.
The CMHP and PRUK specifically wish to support projects in the following areas:
- Cross sector communication and interface working,
- Medicines safety/optimisation for those with mental illness by community, general practice or general hospital pharmacy teams,
- Relapse prevention and keeping well (including maintaining adherence),
- Mental health services in community and primary care, or equivalent areas, and/or
- Managing public health issues in mental health (e.g. physical health).
This new partnership offers up to £20,000 for CMHP members to pursue research in line with the areas highlighted above, with a focus on future patient benefit. The research must not exceed 20 months duration and successful award holders will be expected to present their research at the annual CMHP conference in 2020. Applications with a focus on substance misuse may be accepted provided the project aims to benefit patients with co-morbid mental illness.
Pharmacy research commented;
“We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with the College of Mental Health Pharmacy to provide a new funding opportunity for pharmacy professionals who wish to pursue research in mental health.”
The College of Mental Health Pharmacy commented;
“We are so pleased to have made this partnership. If you are planning research in mental health pharmacy, please get in touch using the link below.”