Outside the box: inside pharmacy


Yesterday I presented with my supervisor at the Outside the box: inside pharmacy conference in Bristol. It was aimed at pharmacists from the south west of the UK and is about fostering connections between difference disciplines of pharmacists, and building stronger networks in the local areas. My supervisor and I were lucky to be invited as conference delegates were limited to those who were members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Anyway I had the most amazing day, meeting so many inspiring pharmacists and pharmacy students. After one talk I was on the verge of re-training to become a pharmacist as the speaker gave a talk about what exciting times there were ahead for those in the pharmacy profession!

Anyway I was asked to present about the theory behind my research. I called the talk brain errors (which explains the photo above) and spent some time explaining how the way our brains work can lead us to make certain types of errors. It was perhaps the most nerve-wracking and difficult talk I have given so far in my career. Firstly I was worried that I wasn’t going to do the concepts I was talking about justice or explain them well enough. They are fairly straightforward, but quite abstract and I only had a 20 minute slot to outline them and how that might all relate back to dispensing errors. Plus I had to work hard to pitch it at the right level – i.e. for people who had never come across psychology theories before. However, I think most of my nerves were down this was the first time I had presented in front of a non-academic & 100% pharmacy audience and as they will be the key audience for my results when I have them, it was so important to me that they thought my rationale and the theories I was using were relevant. The talk was a big deal for my supervisor as well who has been trying to promote the role of psychologists within this field for many years. So we both felt we had a lot riding on our talks.

I think we sold it though. We were asked lots of questions afterwards about the theory and other people said they would be interested in hearing more – taking part in the research – or – most exciting doing some research in collaboration with us. I must not get my hopes up too soon, but that is the first time anyone has approached “little old me” and said I would love to work with you on a project related to this.

So we made some great contacts, and best of all, because some of the students at our University attended this conference, they got in touch afterwards and asked if they could take part in my study. Every time someone says they want to take part I get very excited – one participant closer to my goal, but also that is one more person that thinks my research is worth giving their time to. Hooray! The pace is starting to pick up now with the research so I am sure my updates are going to be much more frequent.

Presenting at the outside the box inside pharmacy conference (Photo credits to Dr Philip Rogers)

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