Staff Profile:Dr Ranjita Dhital

Dr Ranjita Dhital
Job Title:
Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice
  • To develop an interdisciplinary research culture within the Pharmacy Department
  • Pharmacy Placement Lead
  • Lecture and workshops: Drug and Alcohol Problems, Medicines Use Reviews (MURs) and New Medicines Service (NMS)
Areas of Interest:

Dr Dhital joined the University of Reading in 2018 as a Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice. Previously Dr Dhital was a Post-doctoral Research Pharmacist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London. Dr Dhital has practised in clinical roles, including community pharmacist, Specialist Pharmacist for NHS drug and alcohol addiction services, and Public Health. Her research has focused on developing and utilising pharmacists' and their staffs' knowledge and skills to reduce alcohol harm. Dr Dhital is also applying Participatory Action Research and Experience-based Co-design to co-produce alcohol interventions in low-income countries and optimise health spaces.

Research interests:

Dr Dhital completed her MSc in Primary Care and Community Pharmacy and her PhD at King's College London. Dr Dhital's PhD involved leading a series of mixed methods research to address the knowledge gap on the delivery of alcohol brief interventions (BI) from community pharmacies. The research involved the design and implementation of alcohol BI in community pharmacies, and the first known RCT worldwide to assess its effectiveness to reduce harmful and hazardous drinking among pharmacy service users. The programme of work comprised of four related studies, conducted within the first three phases of the Medical Research Council's framework for developing and evaluating complex healthcare interventions. This also included a referral system so high risk drinkers identified by pharmacists could be advised to access specialist support. Dr Dhital was awarded the Hugh Linstead Fellowship by the Pharmacy Research UK; Harold and Marjorie Moss Charitable Trust PhD awards; and Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, Health Innovation Fund to undertake these studies.

Dr Dhital was the Post-doctoral Research Pharmacist for the, NIHR-Health Technology Assessment funded multi-site RCT (2015-2017), Alcohol Dependence and Adherence to Medications (ADAM), and led the design and implementation of telephone interventions and pharmacists' training programme to prevent participants relapsing to heavy drinking following an alcohol detoxification treatment.

Current research projects:

  • Leading an interdisciplinary arts-based research to understand how the physical and social spaces within community pharmacies are experienced by pharmacy service users and staff. This study will examine how the 'architecture of pharmacies' may affect engagement with current and future pharmacy health services and co-produce a community pharmacy design guide (Pharmacy Research UK Leverhulme Fellowship, £44,972, Principal Investigator, awarded Dec 2018).
  • Leading a mixed-methods participatory action research to co-design alcohol interventions with local communities and stakeholders in Nepal to reduce alcohol harm.
  • The findings from Dr Dhital's PhD were used to inform the five-year NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research funded study (commenced Jan 2018), Community pharmacy: Highlighting Alcohol use in Medication Appointments (CHAMP-1), for which Dr Dhital is a Co-Investigator. This research programme aims to co-produce an alcohol intervention, within medication appointments, with the pharmacy profession and patients, and evaluate in a definitive RCT (£2,055,620, Co-Investigator, awarded Jan 2018).

Past and present research collaborators:

  • Department of Health Sciences, University of York
  • Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, King's College London
  • Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art
  • Addictions Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London

Professional memberships:

  • Committee Member of the Royal Society for Public Health - Arts, Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Group
  • Britain Nepal Academic Council (BNAC)
  • Architects for Health
  • Clinicians for Design International Network
  • Arts Health: Early Career Researcher Network
  • International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs (INEBRIA)

Professional affiliations:

  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Member of the General Pharmaceutical Council
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BSc Pharmacy (Hons), MSc, PhD, MRPharmS, AFHEA

Prospective PhD candidates are welcome to email Dr Dhital directly to discuss their research proposal.

Ranjita Dhital Staff Profile

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+44 (0) 118 378 4737
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