Research and Development
- The HSC Research and Development division of the Public Health Agency works to promote, coordinate and support R&D within all fields of health and social care in Northern Ireland including Pharmacy. The research supported provides high quality evidence to improve care for patients, clients and the general population and enhances understanding of the factors which influence health, disease, treatment and care.
- HSC R&D funding is directed by the current strategy Research for Health and Wellbeing which is built around five strategic goals.
- Pharmacy research has been supported through a number of areas outlined in this strategy. This has included the commissioning of research to support policy developments in areas such as Antimicrobial Resistance and in Pharmacist Prescribing.
- HSC R&D provided initial funding to assist in the set-up of the Pharmacy Academic Practice Research Unit between the School of Pharmacy (Queens University, Belfast) and the Northern HSC Trust.
- A number of pharmacists in Northern Ireland have been awarded funding to allow them to undertake PhDs under the Doctoral Fellowship Scheme.
- A key strategic goal for HSC R&D is to ensure that there is an enabling infrastructure for research within the HSC. As such, the division has provided funding to each of the 5 HSC Trusts in order to enable them to develop a clinical trials pharmacy service.
- Further information on HSC R&D, can be gained by accessing the HSC R&D website.