The Division of Pharmacy and Optometry (DPO) at the University of Manchester is one of the country’s leading schools for the training and education of the current and future pharmacy and optometry workforce, and for conducting world-leading research into both the science and practice of pharmacy and optometry.
On top of this impressive academic reputation, the DPO are committed to carrying out work that has a meaningful impact on the public. By working in partnership with members of the community, the DPO ensures that the teaching they deliver and the research they conduct is of the highest quality and meets the needs of the public. Considering the importance of pharmacy and optometry services in so many of our daily lives, this is clearly a crucial goal. So, why not get involved and help the DPO on their mission?
The Division are currently looking to recruit members of the public (not currently working/studying in academia or as a pharmacist/optometrist) to contribute to their Patient and Public Advisory Board. As a member of the Board, you would have the opportunity to shape the strategy and content of the research and teaching programmes (undergraduate and postgraduate) that determine the future of this essential field.
Are you interested in getting involved but concerned about time commitments? Or perhaps you feel confident advising on pharmacy/optometry teaching but not research, or vice versa? The Patient and Public Advisory Board meets just three times a year and consists of two sub-committees: one for teaching and one for research. Members of the public can join one or both committees, so you choose where you would like to make a difference!
One of the members, Judie Collins, describes what it is like to contribute to the Patient and Public Advisory Board: “We are such a good group looking at pharmacy. No one gets left out and everyone has a different sort of expertise. It does make such a difference to have Sally and Vicki looking after us. My main interest is research but join in teaching when I can. Everyone in the department is so encouraging which is so encouraging.”
So if you live in Greater Manchester, use pharmacy or optometry services and are interested in helping to shape our future workforce and to improve the quality and relevance of research, here is an exciting opportunity to make your voice heard!
Please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Bellis for more information and an application pack at email@example.com.
Closing date: 31st August 2020
~ This article was written by Sally Jacobs and edited by Jessica Brown on behalf of LIVE with Scientists ~