Local Practice Forum and University of Reading Pharmacy Research Showcase – Thursday 28th May 2015

Reading School of Pharmacy hosted an evening celebrating pharmacy research as part of the 10-year celebration of Pharmacy at the University of Reading. Organised by Dan Grant, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Education, the programme was opened by Mr Ash Soni, the President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Mr Soni pressed home the importance of pharmacy research and engagement of new generations of pharmacists with evidence based practice and the formal investigation of the impact of pharmacists’ professional activities on improving patient care. Six MPharm undergraduate students were invited to present their findings to an audience of pharmacists, academics, and undergraduate and postgraduate students.


A number of colleagues based at partner hospitals and the two Academic Pharmacy Units with Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford University NHS Trust presented their own research using posters. The audience was treated to a variety of presentations by the pharmacy students, with prizes supported by the Royal Phamaceutical Society’s Local Practice Forum.

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Mr Ash Soni (President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society) and MPharm undergraduate speakers

The third prize was awarded to Tejal Shah for a presentation entitled “Near misses – valuable data or a waste of time?”. The second prize was awarded to Tendai Muzambi for a presentation entitled “The implementation of values based recruitment in the selection of MPharm undergraduates”. The audience was delighted to congratulate the award of the first prize to Eunyoung Lee for a presentation entitled “Developing Mucoadhesive Microgels For Intravesical Drug Delivery in Bladder Cancer”.

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Our three prizewinners (from left to right) were Tejal Shah, Tendai Muzambi and Eunyoung Lee


Heroines of Science event: Women in Pharmacy

On Tuesday 10 March 2015 staff and students at the School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy (SCFP) at the University of Reading attended a lunchtime event hosted by the SCFP Athena SWAN committee’s chairperson, Dr Joanne Elliott. The event “Heroines of Science” was scheduled to coincide with International Women’s Day (8 March) and a number of staff made presentations celebrating the past achievements of female scientists.

Heroines of science 2015

Pharmacy Practice staff supported the event through their attendance and Dr Parastou Donyai presented a brief history of Women in Pharmacy around the time of the formation of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and succeeding decades. Nineteenth Century attitudes to women in pharmacy were certainly very different to present-day Britain as this contribution to The Pharmaceutical Journal in 1873 makes clear!

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(Source: RPharmS.com)

The National Association of Women Pharmacists (NAWP) (http://www.nawp.org.uk/) has existed for over 100 years and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has very recently launched the Women in Pharmacy network.

Practice team members at GPhC training!

On 3 March 2015, Dr Parastou Donyai and Mr Dan Grant attended the London registration assessment briefing seminar run by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to learn about the new-style registration assessment being introduced by the pharmacy regulator from June 2016 onwards. After an introduction by Damian Day, Dan and Parastou learnt in detail about the forthcoming changes as representatives of the GPhC Education team and Board of Assessors explained all. From 2016 onwards, candidates (the current cohort of Part 4 students and anyone retaking their registration assessment) will be required to sit two separate papers as follows. The first will contain 40 calculation questions – calculators allowed but importantly, answers are not from a multiple choice list! The second paper will contain 120 MCQ questions – 90 Single Best Answer questions and 30 Extended Matching Items. We were reassured by the fact that the more complex MCQs have now been removed. We look forward to supporting our students to prepare for the registration assessment through our normal processes which includes the use of virtual learning and a separate registration assessment training day for Reading graduates about to sit the exam. But one thing is for sure, nothing can replace the quality of the pre-registration training that candidates receive as the questions all focus on patient cases and application of knowledge.