Centre for Adherence Research and Education

The Centre for Adherence Research & Education (CARE) provides a hub for understanding and addressing the reasons why patients don’t take their medicines as prescribed (non-adherence) and draws on the proven expertise of clinicians and CARE infographicresearchers working in the locality.

The Centre aims to improve patients’, caregivers’ and health and social care staff awareness of the treatment non-adherence challenge and to provide approaches to help patients engage with their treatment. Our steering committee includes senior clinicians and researchers from across King's Health Partners.

Education

We draw on the findings of research to deliver targeted education and training to staff and patients across the locality. We have developed introductory adherence training and materials for healthcare professionals to use in routine consultations to improve adherence, and this has been delivered at multiple sites across south London. Our online introduction to adherence issues is available on the King's Health Partners Learning Hub.

Research

We are evaluating our programme of training and are involved in numerous adherence projects within King’s College London. We aim to play a role in connecting people interested in improving adherence across King's Health Partners sites.

CARE gives us the opportunity to co-ordinate the wide range of our current research into a core programme and enables us to translate our research insights into healthcare professional training and improved patient outcomes.

Professor John Weinman, Professor of Psychology as Applied to Medicines, King's College London.

Leaders

  • Anne Greenough, Director of Education and Training at King's Health Partners and Professor of Clinical Respiratory Physiology, Paedatrics, King's College London
  • Graham Davies, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Therapeutics, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King's College London
  • John Weinman, Professor of Psychology as Applied to Medicines, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King's College London
  • Roger Fernandes, Chief Pharmacist, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • David Webb, Chief Pharmacist, Guy's and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Louise Dark, Chief Pharmacist, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
  • Peter Hylands, Head of Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and Head of Pharmacy Department, King's College London
  • Rahul Singhal, Associate Director of Pharmacy – Operational Productivity, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • David Taylor, Professor of Psychopharmacology, King's College London, Head of Pharmaceutical Sciences, King's Health Partners, Director of Pharmacy and Pathology, Maudsley Hospital
  • Christina Jackson, Programme Manager, Centre for Adherence Research and Education, King's Health Partners

To find out more contact christina.jackson@kcl.ac.uk