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