Penny is currently principal investigator (PI) on an NIHR RfPB funded project which sets out to develop and assess the feasibility of a pharmaceutical care complexity screening tool to target the delivery of hospital clinical pharmacy services.
Penny is also co-applicant on a research project evaluating the Greater Manchester Community Pharmacy Care Plan Service (GMCPCP), a community pharmacist led service that seeks to support patients to achieve their health goals, better manage their long-term conditions and improve their quality of life. The evaluation investigates the impact of the GMCPCP service on a number of patient clinical and process measures, including patient activation (PAM).
Penny was previously PI on a project exploring the causes of errors made by doctors in their second year of foundation training. This work leads on from her previous work on the EQUIP study- this project was commissioned by the General Medical Council and investigated the prevalence and causes of prescribing errors made by FY1 doctors, concentrating on the interplay between doctors’ educational backgrounds and factors in the practice environment. Collaborators on the project included the Manchester Medical School and the Medical school at the University of Liverpool.
Penny has also worked on a project entitled 'Patient Centred professionalism among newly registered pharmacists'. This study was funded by the Pharmacy Practice Research Trust; it aimed to understand how professionalism develops in pharmacists’ early career years, and its implications for the delivery of patient-centred care.
Penny’s PhD (awarded in 2007) explored secondary care doctors’ uncomfortable prescribing decisions and the influences upon their decision-making. This qualitative study applied the Critical Incident Technique along with in-depth interviews.