Research topic: The Role of Primary Care Pharmacists in the Detection of Atrial Fibrillation Qualifications: 2016-2017 King’s College London (London); Master of Research in Clinical Research (MClinRes) 2014-2016 University of Brighton (Brighton); Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education & Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) 2011-2014 Medway School of Pharmacy (Kent); Postgraduate Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice (Hospital Pharmacy; PGDipGPP) 2006-2010 Kingston University (Kingston upon Thames); Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)
Vilius' PhD research explores the role of primary care pharmacists in the screening and detection of atrial fibrillation (AF). It consists of the main mixed-methods feasibility study (‘Pharmacists Detecting Atrial Fibrillation’; PDAF) and several smaller observational studies collectively providing evidence to support the development and evaluation of pharmacist-led AF screening services in general practice surgeries, care homes or other community settings.The results of the accompanying UK-wide survey of general practice pharmacy services and a qualitative study of general practitioners' perspectives on the national AF screening programme aim to provide a broader perspective of how such pharmacist-led services may be integrated within the existing healthcare infrastructure.
Supervisors: Dr Sukvinder Bhamra and Professor Alistair Mathie Research Group: Clinical and Professional Practice
Publications: Savickas V, Foreman E, Iqbal M, et al. National survey of UK general practice pharmacy services. Eur J Public Health 2019;29(Supplement_4) doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckz185.669 Savickas V, Stewart AJ, Short VJ, et al. P6145Atrial fibrillation screening in care homes by clinical pharmacists using pulse palpation and single-lead ECG: a feasibility study. Eur Heart J 2019;40(Supplement_1) doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehz746.0751 Kayyali R, Harrap N, Albayaty A, Savickas V, et al. Simulation in pharmacy education to enhance interprofessional education. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 2019;27(3):295-302. doi: 10.1111/ijpp.12499 Savickas V, Stewart AJ, Mathie A, et al. P4470 Atrial fibrillation screening in general practice by clinical pharmacists using pulse palpation and single-lead ECG during the influenza vaccination season: a multi-site feasibility study. Eur Heart J 2018;39(suppl_1) doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehy563.P4470 Al-Kudhairi F, Kayyali R, Savickas V, et al. A Qualitative Study Exploring the Role of Pharmacists in Medical Student Training for the Prescribing Safety Assessment. Pharmacy 2018;6(3):87. doi: 10.3390/pharmacy6030087 Veale EL, Stewart AJ, Mathie A, Lall S, Rees-Roberts M, Savickas V, et al. Pharmacists detecting atrial fibrillation (PDAF) in primary care during the influenza vaccination season: a multisite, cross-sectional screening protocol. BMJ Open 2018;8(3) doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021121 Kayyali R, Savickas V, Spruit MA, et al. Qualitative investigation into a wearable system for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: the stakeholders’ perspective. BMJ Open 2016;6:e011657.doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011657 Savickas V, Kayyali R, Sharma N. Student Success in the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) (Masterpass). 2014. Radcliffe Publishing: London. SBN: 9781846199783. Conference Activities: Oral/Keynote Presentations: 1. National survey of UK general practice pharmacy services (5-minute presentation, 12th European Public Health Conference 2019, November 2019, Marseille). 2. Clinical academic pathway in pharmacy: 21st century challenges (20-minute presentation, 10th International Pharmaceutical Conference “Science and Practice”, November 2019, Kaunas). 3. Clinical academic pathway in pharmacy: staying in touch with practice while bringing about change for patients (20-minute presentation, Clinical Pharmacy Congress 2019, June 2019, London). Poster Presentations: 1. Atrial fibrillation screening in care homes by clinical pharmacists using pulse palpation and single-lead ECG: a feasibility study (European Society of Cardiology Congress/World Cardiology Congress 2019, August-September 2019, Paris). 2. Atrial fibrillation screening in general practice by clinical pharmacists using pulse palpation and single-lead ECG during the influenza vaccination season: a multi-site feasibility study (European Society of Cardiology Congress 2018, August-September 2018, Munich). Outreach Projects: 1. Atrial fibrillation awareness project and atrial fibrillation screening research study at the Sikh Gurdwara (November 2019, Gravesend). 2. Pharmacists detecting atrial fibrillation in general practice surgeries: the PDAF study; my experience and outcomes (South East London Local Practice Forum Meeting, October 2019, Kingston-upon-Thames). 3. Funny heart beats and thirty life-saving seconds (10-minute presentation, U3A and University of Kent Research Showcase Event, May 2019, Canterbury). 4. Funny heart beats and thirty life-saving seconds (30-minute presentations, Pint of Science Festival, April-May 2019, Rochester and Tonbridge). 5. Atrial fibrillation screening in general practice by clinical pharmacists: quantitative findings and economic analysis (20-minute presentation, April 2019, Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham). 6. Atrial fibrillation screening in care homes by clinical pharmacists (3-minute thesis competition entries, February-March 2019, Gillingham and London). 7. Atrial fibrillation screening in general practice by clinical pharmacists: quantitative findings (20-minute presentation, West Kent Local Practice Forum Meeting, November 2018, Maidstone). 8. Atrial Fibrillation screening in general practice by clinical pharmacists (3-minute thesis competition entry, June 2018, Gillingham). 9. My clinical academic pathway: career choices and decisions in pharmacy (20-minute presentation, Pre-registration Pharmacist World of Pharmacy Event 2018, June 2018, Health Education England, London).