Page 1: Participant Survey Information

You are being invited to take part in a research project. Before you decide whether or not to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being undertaken and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others, if you wish. 


Thank you for reading this.


1. What is the purpose of this research project?

This research survey aims to understand Pharmacists views and experiences of Green prescribing in the UK.


2. Why have I been invited to take part?

You have been invited to take part in this study because you are a practising Pharmacist in the UK.


3. Do I have to take part?

No, your participation in this research project is entirely voluntary and it is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you decide to take part, you will be asked for consent before being shown the questions. If you decide not to take part, you do not have to explain your reasons and it will not affect your legal rights. You are free to omit questions if you do not wish to answer them.

You are free to withdraw your consent to participate in the research project at any time, however, please note once submitted, participants’ data will be fully anonymised and therefore impossible to withdraw.


4. What will be taking part involve?

This survey involves 7 questions and should take approximately 5 minutes of your time to complete.

The survey will be open for 2 months from the initial blog advertisement.

The survey is available online and can be accessed via a computer, mobile phone or tablet (however you usually access the internet).


5. Will I be paid for taking part?

No, participation is voluntary and there is no payment.


6. What are the possible benefits of taking part?

There are no immediate benefits to participants in this study, however, the results from this research will inform a wider project aiming to understand UK Healthcare professionals’ understanding and experiences of Green Prescribing.


7. What are the possible risks of taking part?

There is a time commitment involved with taking part in the completion of the survey but the questions do not have to be completed at a set time. There are no anticipated disadvantages, risks or burdens associated with taking part in this study apart from the stated time commitment.


8. Will my taking part in this research project be kept confidential?

All information collected will be anonymous and will be kept confidential in accordance with data protection legislation. Please see ‘What will happen to my Personal Data?’ (below) for further information.  


9. What will happen to my Personal Data?

No Personal Data will be collected, all data collected will be anonymous. Cardiff University will not share any data with anyone outside the research team.


Cardiff University is the Data Controller and is committed to respecting and protecting your personal data in accordance with your expectations and Data Protection legislation. Further information about Data Protection, including:

  • your rights
  • the legal basis under which Cardiff University processes your personal data for research
  • Cardiff University’s Data Protection Policy
  • how to contact the Cardiff University Data Protection Officer
  • how to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office


More information may be found at


  • Consent to take part in the study will be collected, via a tick box at the beginning of the survey. The consent process to take part in this study will also be anonymous.
  • All anonymised data will be kept for a maximum of 5 years from the collection and may be published in support of the research project and/or retained where it is likely to have continuing value for research purposes.
  • Please note as all information will be anonymous, the data cannot be withdrawn.


All data will be kept in a secure location on the lead researchers’ secure password-protected university computer before being deleted. 


10. What happens to the data at the end of the research project?

The data collected during this research will be used to understand pharmacist’s views and experiences of green prescribing in the UK. This will inform current research investigating healthcare professionals’ understanding of green prescribing.


All data collected will be anonymous and kept in a password protected secure location, until deletion in a maximum of 5 years.


11. What will happen to the results of the research project?

The results will inform wider research around Healthcare professionals’ understanding and experience of green prescribing. The results may lead to research publications and presentations/posters at research conferences. You will not be identified in any of these documents/presentations. If you wish to receive electronic copies of these documents, please contact the researcher to be included on our circulation list.


12. What if there is a problem?

If you wish to complain or have grounds for concerns about any aspect of the manner in which you have been approached or treated during the course of this research, please contact the researcher Phoebe Nicklin at If you are unhappy with how the project is being conducted, please contact a member of the research team using the contact information at the end of this document. If you feel your complaint has not been handled to your satisfaction and wish to complain formally, you can do this by contacting the Director of Research, Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Redwood Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3NB,


If you are harmed by taking part in this research project, there are no special compensation arrangements.  If you are harmed due to someone's negligence, you may have grounds for legal action, but you may have to pay for it. 


13.Who is organising and funding this research project?

The research is organised by Professor Les Baillie and run by Phoebe Nicklin and Louise Hughes in Cardiff University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical sciences.


14. Who has reviewed this research project?

This research project has been reviewed and given a favourable opinion by the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Ethics Committee, Cardiff University.


15. Further information and contact details

Should you have any questions relating to this research project, you may contact us during normal working hours:


Assistant researcher –  Phoebe Nicklin, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University. E-mail:

Principal investigator – Professor Les Baillie, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University. E-mail:

Chief investigator – Dr Louise Hughes, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University. E-mail:


Thank you for considering taking part in this research project. If you decide to participate, please retain the link to this Participant Information Sheet for your records.