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Dr Fay Bradley (PhD, MA (Econ), BA) - research

Research interests

Fay’s research interests include inter-professional working and relationships between health care professionals, specifically general practitioners and community pharmacists. Fay was awarded a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Doctorial Research Fellowship in 2009. The award provided three years’ full-time funding for Fay to undertake a PhD which explored the level of interaction between community pharmacists and general practitioners, using social network analysis.

Other recent projects include a collaborative research project across five UK universities, entitled "Patient safety in health care professional education curricula", which was funded by the Patient Safety Research Programme. This project examined the formal and informal ways students from a range of healthcare professions learn about patient safety. Fay was the lead researcher on this project at the University of Manchester, working with both the School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine.

Previous research projects include a national study of the commissioning and delivery of services from community pharmacy, commissioned by the Department of Health. This study was completed in January 2007 and examined the processes of, and facilitators and barriers to, the commissioning and delivery of community pharmacy services. This study also provided insight into Primary Care Trusts' and pharmacy contractors' experiences of implementing the new contractual framework for community pharmacy.

Other previous research projects include the "National Evaluation of Repeat Dispensing of Community Pharmacists" and the "National Evaluation of Local Pharmaceutical Services (LPS) pilots", both commissioned by the Department of Health.

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