To address widening health inequalities and medicines optimisation and safety for populations with mental illness, NHS organisations and Health Education England (HEE) have committed to training hundreds of specialist mental health pharmacists to work in multidisciplinary teams in primary care by 2024. Whilst evidence supporting the introduction of generalist clinical pharmacist staff working in primary care is increasing,[2-5] little is known about the roles played by specialist mental health pharmacists in these settings, the services they provide or their impact. This hampers planning and makes their organisation, integration and resourcing difficult.
This PhD aims to develop a conceptual framework for specialist mental health pharmacy practice in primary care by generating evidence of current service delivery models, their implementation and impact. To achieve this, a mixed methods approach will be taken initially involving synthesis of existing evidence of current roles, services and impact from the literature and mental health organisations nationally. The PhD will then use this evidence to co-develop, with key professional and patient stakeholders, a conceptual framework for specialist mental health pharmacy practice in primary care that may be used to guide and optimise future service implementation and delivery in different contexts.
Applicants should have obtained at least an Upper Second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a discipline relevant to primary care research.
A master's degree with relevant training in research methods is desirable but not essential; equivalent research experience will be considered.
Applicants interested in this project should make direct contact with the Primary Supervisor to arrange to discuss the project further as soon as possible.
Please select 'Primary Care and Health Services Research' under academic programme when completing your online application.
How To Apply
To be considered for this Studentship you MUST submit a formal online application form - full details on how to apply can be found on https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/research/apply/
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