PhD in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: Pharmacists and nurses as prescribers: factors affecting the decision to prescribe in multiple clinical areas

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Key facts

Application deadline 30 September 2017
Start date October 2017
Duration 3 years
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

Pharmacists and nurses have been able to prescribe as independent prescribers since 2007.

Independent prescribing means nurse and pharmacist prescribers can prescribe in any clinical area in which they feel competent. In some GP practices, new prescribers are prescribing in several clinical areas, while in other practices, they only prescribe in one. Teamwork, collaboration and ethos within the GP practice are likely to affect the extent to which a nurse or pharmacist prescriber feels able to expand to new clinical areas.

How a team works is important because professionals who work together provide better patient care. With rising numbers of nurse and pharmacist prescribers, the relationship between team working, areas of practice and how a prescriber sees their professional role are now key areas for research investigation. Using a mixed methods approach, this PhD seeks to investigate the following research questions:

  • How does collaboration and teamwork within a GP practice affect a nurse or pharmacist prescribers’ prescribing remit?
  • What are the personal and practice level characteristics affecting prescriber remit?
  • How do teamwork and professional role affect patient outcome?



Mrs Wendy Davies

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Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

Eligibility criteria

Residency Open to all UK/EU students without further restrictions
Academic criteria

Candidates should hold a 2:1 or equivalent in an undergraduate degree in social science or be a pharmacy graduate with training/experience in social science research methods.


Mrs Wendy Davies

Administrative contact

Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (start date of October 2017).

In the funding section of your application, please select 'I will be applying for a scholarship/grant'. In the research proposal section, include the project description contained here.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.


Mrs Wendy Davies

Administrative contact

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