Public Health Institute at Liverpool John Moores University and the Waterford Institute of Technology have been commissioned by the HSE to evaluate the Pharmacy Needle Exchange Programme. The aims of the research are to evaluate the provision of needle exchange services within pharmacies against the programme’s key objectives and to explore pharmacist and service user perceptions about the service. The findings will inform the future development of the programme and therefore it is important to have input into the evaluation from all those involved with delivery of these services.
The evaluation will be informed through:
- An online questionnaire available for staff from all pharmacies participating in the programme (www.surveymonkey.com/s/NEX). Questions focus on pharmacists’ experiences of the service, service impacts, details of needle and equipment provision, data monitoring and additional services offered within the pharmacy.
- Interviews with pharmacy staff that will explore the issues touched upon in the questionnaire in more detail.
- Questionnaires and interviews carried out with service users examining their experiences of needle exchange services in pharmacies.
- Interviews with key stakeholders to provide a wider overview of perceptions about the programme.
The research team are contacting each pharmacy that is participating in the programme and inviting them to take part in this research. The online survey is open now for pharmacy needle exchange staff to complete at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/NEX. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and is open until midnight on June 1st, 2014.
Pharmacy staff will also be offered the opportunity to take part in an interview and to help facilitate the service user questionnaires.
The study has been approved by the Liverpool John Moores Ethics Committee. You can find out more information about research ethics at LJMU by going to www.ljmu.ac.uk/RGSO/93042.htm.
We hope that you will find this research interesting and will participate in the evaluation. If you have any questions about this research study, please contact Geoff Bates on +44 (0)151 231 4442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org