LIFEGUARD

Responding to people in danger: A feasibility study to co-develop a community pharmacy response service for domestic violence and suicidal ideation

Funded by NIHR Research for Patient Benefit, awarded £370,459. Key contact: Dr Soloman

The main aim of this study is to co-develop and evaluate the feasibility of a community pharmacy response service / intervention for people in danger from domestic violence or suicidal ideation.

Team
  • Dr J Solomon (School of Pharmacy, University of Lincoln)
  • Prof G Law (CaHRU & LinCTU, University of Lincoln)
  • Dr E Rowan (CaHRU & LinCTU, University of Lincoln)
  • Dr A Latif (University of Lincoln)
  • Dr P Knapp (University of York)
  • Prof M Gussy (LIIRH, University of Lincoln)
  • Prof D Baines (School of Pharmacy, University of Lincoln)
  • Dr C Henderson (King’s College, London)
  • Mr M Khatri (lay representative)
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of York
  • King’s College, London
Overarching aim To co-develop and evaluate the feasibility of a community pharmacy response service / intervention for people in danger from domestic violence or suicidal ideation.
Objectives
  1. To co-develop with patients / public and professionals a promotional strategy (i.e. poster displays, life-guard cards) to increase public awareness and engagement with the ‘Life-guard’ service
  2. To co-develop with patients / public and professionals a training package and signposting resources for pharmacy staff to enable them to respond to people in danger e.g. suicidal ideation / domestic violence
  3. To deliver the ‘Life-guard’ service in a purposive sample of community pharmacies to collect data on feasibility and implementation.
  4. To evaluate the service through the collection of pharmacy data (e.g. service uptake) ascertain public and professional views on accessibility, acceptability and service delivery
  5. To evaluate the potential for the intervention to be scaled up for a future trial, including economic and statistical considerations.
Methods This is a two-stage development and feasibility study to develop a complex intervention, using the MRC framework for complex interventions.
Outcomes Number of referrals made to each of the referral services
Outputs Peer reviewed publications:

Conference presentations:

Impact The hope is that a fully developed intervention will be tested in a full clinical trial.