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Ranjita Dhital

  • To develop arts and health research and teaching culture
  • MPharm Placement Lead
  • Lecture and workshops: Drug and Alcohol Problems, Communication Skills and New Medicines Service

Postgraduate supervision

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

Research centres and groups

University of Reading Committee memberships:

  • Arts Strategy Group
  • Centre for Health and Humanities
  • Drug and Alcohol Action Partnership (DAAP)
  • Staff Disability Network

Research projects

Current research:

  • 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). 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

Current research collaborators:

  • Department of Health Sciences, University of York
  • Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, King's College London
  • Addictions Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London
  • Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation (TPO) Nepal
  • Royal Society for Sculptors

Background

Dr Dhital is 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 practiced as a community pharmacist, Specialist Pharmacist for NHS drug and alcohol addiction services and in Public Health. Her research has focused on developing and utilising pharmacy staffs’ knowledge and skills to reduce alcohol harm. Dr Dhital is also applying Participatory Action Research and Experience-based Co-design to optimise health spaces (health architecture) and co-produce alcohol interventions in low-income countries.

Professional bodies/affiliations

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
  • International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs (INEBRIA)

Professional affiliations:

  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)
  • Member of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH)

Publications