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Working across boundaries: New models of integration and collaboration across the pharmacy workforce in Greater Manchester.

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  • Full or part time
    Dr D Hodgson
    Dr S Jacobs
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

It is claimed that increasing the role of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in primary and community care settings is a cost-effective way of improving patient care as well as relieving the pressure on GPs (NHS Alliance/Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 2014), and there are a number of local and national policy initiatives underway to support this (NHS England, 2016; Health Education England, 2015).

The aim of the project is to explore, in depth, new roles being undertaken by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in primary care settings in Greater Manchester. This ‘CASE PhD studentship’ involves a partnership with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) with joint supervision from the University of Manchester and GMHSCP. The student will be embedded within the GMHSCP Primary Care Team for part of each year of study.

The research objectives are to:
1. Synthesise the existing literature around new models of pharmacy professional work in primary care;
2. Describe emerging models of pharmacy professional work in primary care settings in Greater Manchester and what they are intended to achieve;
3. Explore how new pharmacy professional roles are perceived by key stakeholder groups;
4. Understand the impact of new pharmacy professional roles on professional identities; professional boundaries; and multidisciplinary team working across general practice, community pharmacy and other services.
5. Provide early evidence about the extent to which the introduction of such roles is likely to meet current policy objectives of reducing workload pressures in GP practices.

Funding Notes

UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. EU applicants are normally eligible for a Fees-Only award. EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award are eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance.

• Payment of tuition fees at the standard RCUK rate
• An annual Maintenance Stipend (approx. £15,000, exact rate for 2018/19 subject to confirmation by RCUK), plus an additional allowance of £2,000 from GMHSCP
• Certain research and fieldwork expenses will be covered


Goodrick, E., & Reay, T. (2011). Constellations of Institutional Logics: Changes in the Professional Work of Pharmacists. Work and Occupations, 38, 372-416.

Health Education England. (2015). The future of primary care: creating teams for tomorrow.

McDermott, I., Checkland, K., Harrison, S., Snow, S., & Coleman, A. (2012). Who do we think we are?: Analysing the content and form of identity work in the English National Health Service. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 27, 4-23.

NHS Alliance/Royal Pharmaceutical Society. (2014). Pharmacists and general practice: A practical and timely part of solving the primary care workload and workforce crisis. Birmingham: NHS Alliance/Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Sibbald, B., Shen, J., & Mcbride, A. (2004). Changing the skill-mix of the health care workforce. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 9, 28-38.

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