Aston graduate wins national pharmacy award

Medha Kothari

4 November 2014

An Aston graduate has been awarded ‘the best UK research project in mental health pharmacy’ for her outstanding final year dissertation.

Medha Kothari was given the prestigious College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP) Undergraduate Pharmacist Bursary Award, which celebrates the best projects undertaken in mental health by undergraduate pharmacy students.

She was awarded the prize for her paper entitled ‘Medicines Reconciliation Levels across Organisations Providing Secondary Care Mental Health Services: A Self-Completion Web Survey across England, Scotland and Wales’, which was supervised by Dr. Ian Maidment.

The MPharm Pharmacy graduate’s work evaluated whether secondary care mental health organisations were complying with national guidelines on how often an up to date and accurate medication list should be obtained, an area that little is known about. Her self-completion web survey sent to chief pharmacists revealed that 80% of organisations are complying with NICE guidance, but she found several areas with significant room for improvement, for example, in staff training procedures. 

Medha’s prize includes a chance to present her work as a poster at CMHP’s prestigious annual conference, as well as two years membership of the group.

Medha said of her achievement: “I was honoured to receive this award from such a prestigious and important organisation in the field of pharmacy. I would like to thank Dr Maidment for all his support throughout my project and for suggesting I apply for the award.”

Dr Ian Maidment, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy and Medha’s course supervisor said:“Medha did a fantastic job, and this award is fully deserved. She successfully conducted a UK wide survey and achieved an excellent response rate. There is also the real potential that this research could go on to inform our future health policy.”

Aston’s Pharmacy course was recently rated 7th in the UK by The Complete University Guide 2015.

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