NHS Primary Care Research for Community Pharmacy

Research and Community Pharmacy

My name is Clare Daly and I am a pharmacist employed by NIHR (research arm of the NHS) to promote and support research in community and primary care pharmacy. I have been in post a while and supported 105 pharmacies across Eastern to be involved in research.

The studies involve pharmacy teams helping to support an established approved study, where the roles and remuneration would be given at an ‘expression of interest’ stage allowing you to assess your interest, capacity and capability.

I can also support pharmacists to investigate their own research question by signposting to the appropriate support.

I will use this space to advertise suitable studies for you to get involved in, and any relevant training opportunities.

Clare Daly, BSc (Hons) Pharmacy, MSc, MRPharmS
Community Pharmacy Lead, NIHR Clinical Research Network – Eastern | Clare.daly@nihr.ac.uk
The NIHR Clinical Research Network supports research to make patients and the NHS better

Urgent Public Health Study - PRINCIPLE Study

The PRINCIPLE study, run by the University of Oxford, is funded by the UK government as a national priority study to find treatments for COVID-19. The study aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and speed recovery for people in the community with symptoms of COVID-19 (a new or worsening continuous cough and/or a high temperature which started less than 15 days ago).

People must be aged 65 and over, or aged 50-64 with underlying health conditions to be included in the study.

More information on the study can be found here: www.principletrial.org

PLEASE can you display PRINCIPLE Patient Recruitment Poster_v1.2 19.05.20 clearly advertising the study, and please mention it if you ever are asked about COVID symptoms.

Pharmacy is a key way of reaching patients for the study, which ultimately will improve patient care.

Thank you for your help in this.


Clare Daly

Community Pharmacy Lead | LCRN Eastern Core Team | NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN)

National Health Data Consent Survey

Please see below information about CLIMB Research study looking into the public’s opinions of how the NHS uses their health data.

The survey can be completed by anyone who uses the NHS so please also distribute to your patients, colleagues, friends and family members.

If you follow this link it will take you to the survey and give you more information.

https://www.climbproject.org.uk/. Thank you so much!

Whoever completes electronically they need to check option 3 -that says “Hospital/Clinic/Ambulance/Healthcare community setting etc,…”

and then choose “Community Pharmacy – CRN Eastern”

I also have provided a leaflet which can be printed and put into pharmacy bags, as a pile on the counter or displayed as a poster:

Poster full page Community Pharmacy CRN Eastern

Poster with 4 per page Community Pharmacy CRN Eastern

This is a great opportunity to show how pharmacy can support research, and contribute to the evidence, that we then use in daily practice. There is no limit on the number of responses from each pharmacy.

They are collating data on how patients hear about the study, so this directly contributes to the evidence base that community pharmacy is a valuable place to do research. 

Thank you in anticipation


Clare Daly

Community Pharmacy Lead | LCRN Eastern Core Team | NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN)