The value of poster events

Caroline Rooks

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A photo from our Poster DayI am still new to the healthcare field in Scotland and am avidly learning a lot about pharmacy and how we operate here in Scotland. On Tuesday 11th September, I attended the second CPS - Strathclyde University Research Day poster event.

I’ll be honest, ahead of this event I did not know that showcasing research projects via posters was something that is regularly done in academic circles and I was curious to find out more, especially as I was told that I’ll be asked to contribute one next year!

So why should you get involved in a future poster event?

It was a lovely opportunity to meet some of the people that we communicate with regularly online, but that we don’t always get to see in person so often. It was also a relaxed setting in which the world of pharmacy research could be discussed, and some really interesting results were demonstrated. The topics ranged widely, from MAS to Stop smoking to Health Literacy, however it was clear that at the heart of the work was the desire to improve patient experience and to provide the best-tailored care possible.

With the changing face of primary care in Scotland and the aim of community pharmacy to become ever more integral in the safe provision of care, this was a great way to share information and experience from different Health Boards and regions of Scotland.

We got to hear five selected posters presented by their authors, named the Poster Walk – which was a chance to ask questions and hear from those involved in some of the research.

Jacqueline Kelland and Ruth Campbell (pictured below) present their ‘Medicines Management for People who Require a Care Home Service – the Joint Care at Home Prescribing Programme’ from NHS Lanarkshire:







Lee Boag (pictured below) presents ‘Community Pharmacy Scotland: The Minor Ailment Service as perceived and experienced by service users. A pilot study.’ 







Gail Craig (pictured below) presents the findings of Fiona Woodley and Ruth Edwards on ‘Trainees, Tutors and Employers Views and Experiences of the NHS Education for Scotland Pre-registration Pharmacist Scheme (PRPS) Modular Programme’







The winning poster of the day:

Our CEO Professor Harry McQuillan presents the award to Sophie Davidson for the best poster, which she worked on with Jonathan Burton and was chosen as the crowd’s favourite! 











This was an excellent event and networking opportunity all focused around the future of pharmacy and the varied research that is being done around Scotland. We really hope you’ll consider getting involved in the future! If you’d like to see more detail on the posters from this year, you can view them on the SIPBS Website.

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