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Mental health pharmacist first in country to receive award

PUBLISHED: 13:18 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:49 30 May 2018

Asta Ratna Prajapati the first mental health pharmacist in the country to receive a Health Education England (HEE) and National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) clinical doctoral research fellowship funding award. PHOTO: NSFT

Asta Ratna Prajapati the first mental health pharmacist in the country to receive a Health Education England (HEE) and National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) clinical doctoral research fellowship funding award. PHOTO: NSFT

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A mental health pharmacist is the first in the country to get a funding award to help people with bipolar disorder take their medication.

Asta Ratna Prajapati, from Cringleford, was awarded £350,000 to work on a research project to help people with bipolar disorder.

Mr Prajapati, 42, also a PhD student at the University of East Anglia (UEA), is the first mental health pharmacist to receive a Health Education England and National Institute of Health Research clinical doctoral research fellowship funding award.

The award will support Mr Prajapati over four years to complete the NSFT/UEA-led research programme, which aims to create a tool to help identify patients with bipolar disorder who are struggling to take their medication and will also identify their reasons.

Mr Prajapati said: “The project has the potential to make a real difference in our patients.”

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