Pharmacy Services focus group: Looking at expectations and experiences of local pharmacy services.

I wanted to explore the views of people with long-term conditions regarding their use of community pharmacy services. My colleagues suggested using Research for the Future to help with recruitment as they previously found them to be very helpful.

Not having heard of Research for the Future before I was surprised at how professional, efficient and straightforward the whole process was. I explained the aims of my research, the type of participants I was looking for (people with type 2 diabetes and respiratory conditions) and what taking part in the study would involve for them.

I was amazed by the number of Research for the Future volunteers who were interested and enthusiastic about taking part in my research. Everyone who participated in the focus groups shared very informative and useful views. It was a valuable experience all round as I got to meet and work with such helpful people.

I am very grateful to the Research for the Future team who were very helpful and supportive throughout my recruitment and, of course, the participants themselves. Without their commitment this research would not have been possible.

Mr Ali Hindi, University of Manchester