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Lecturer wins 2014 Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Pharmacy Research UK award

26 Jun 2014

Dr Ellen Schafheutle, from Manchester Pharmacy School has been recognised for her research into prescription charges, and professional regulation and education

Dr Ellen Schafheutle

The Senior Lecturer in Law and Professionalism in Pharmacy from Manchester Pharmacy School, will be presented with the award at the RPS conference in Birmingham this September, when she will deliver a 30 minute plenary lecture on her prize winning research.

The award is supported by Pharmacy Research UK and recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of pharmacy practice research and has the potential to become a leader in the field.

Dr Schafheutle, who came to The University of Manchester to undertake an MSc in clinical pharmacy and subsequently discovered a passion for research, said: "I am very excited and proud that my research has been recognised by this award. What I love about my research is that, with a little bit of blue sky thinking, the issues I have investigated have always had real relevance and have impacted on policy and practice."
 
Dr Schafheutle's lecture will be entitled 'Research informed pharmacy policy & practice: Answers to big questions - getting the detail right.'  For this she will focus on her more recent work, following the pharmacy student through pre-registration training into practice and beyond, addressing temporary issues of professionalism, fitness to practise, revalidation and required changes to pharmacy policy to support pharmacists as clinical professionals.
 
Chair of the Trustees of Pharmacy Research UK, Professor Anthony Smith, said: “On behalf of my fellow Trustees I would like to congratulate Dr Schafheutle on her success.  Over the past years she has produced a significant body of research into pharmacy regulation, policy and practice. The impact of her work is considerable. Dr Schafheutle’s expertise has been called upon by Parliament, the Department of Health and the General Pharmaceutical Council.  She is a most worthy winner and a person who will continue to produce robust and timely research into our profession.”