Portrait of  Vilius Savickas

Vilius Savickas

Research Student

About

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)

Research interests

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. 

Supervision

Supervisors: Dr Sukvinder Bhamra and Professor Alistair Mathie

Research Group: Clinical and Professional Practice 

Professional

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).