Invitation to participate: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: an exploratory study of the perceptions and opinions of BOPA members (nationally and internationally)

The BOPA EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) committee would like to invite you to participate in an anonymous survey to understand and increase awareness and knowledge of EDI amongst its members. The information will be anonymous, and no identifiers will be collected.

The EDI committee aims to:

  • Investigate the perception /experience of members regarding EDI at their respective organisations.
  • Explore the perception/experience of members regarding EDI at BOPA.
  • Understand the needs of BOPA members to promote their inclusive practices.
  • Present the results at the BOPA conference in Liverpool, 2022.

This study is being undertaken by the following research team: Pascale Dettwiller, Shereen Nabhani- Gebara, Adedolapo Sanni, Belinda Wilson, Drew Szypowksi.

If you are interested to know more about this study please see the participant information sheet below

Your contribution is highly valued and will improve help  to  progress EDI amongst the BOPA community and for our cancer patients. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

We thank you kindly for your time and your contributions.


Best regards,

For the BOPA EDI Committee and research group

Pascale Dettwiller

Email: [email protected]



Dear Participant,

You are invited to participate in the research project described below.

What is the project about?


The BOPA EDI (Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion) committee would like to invite you to participate in an anonymous survey to enable and increase awareness and knowledge of EDI amongst its members. The information collected will be anonymous, and no identifiers will be recorded or collected.


Who is undertaking the project?

This project is being conducted by:

Adjunct A/Professor Pascale Dettwiller The University of Adelaide, Australia
Associate Professor Shereen Nabhani- Gebara Kingston University London, UK
Adedolapo Sanni Medway NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Belinda Wilson SA Health, Australia
Dr Drew Szypowski Psychologist, Australia

This research is funded directly from Adelaide Rural Clinical School through the Commonwealth Government Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Grant.

Why am I being invited to participate?

You are being invited as you are a paid member of the British Oncology Pharmacists Association and the BOPA’s EDI committee wants to collect your perceptions and opinions on how the organisation promotes EDI as part of its values. Your experience is invaluable to this work to inform the committee on how to develop training and improve in this area.

What am I being invited to do?

You are being invited to a SurveyMonkey questionnaire online. Your participation will involve:

1-Undertaking a short survey (10 minutes) to collect information constructed in four parts that will not collect identifiers or personal data.

2-The information sheet (for you to keep) will be attached to the survey link. By answering the questionnaire informed concept is implied. If you decide to withdraw at any time during the process by leaving the survey, your data will be rendered ‘NIL’ and not recorded.

How much time will my involvement in the project take?

The survey will take 10 minutes to complete.

Are there any risks associated with participating in this project?

There are no foreseeable risks in completing the survey.  If you are uncomfortable answering a question about your demographics in the survey, you can choose to leave the section of the survey blank and go to the following part.

It is possible that you may experience emotional discomfort in relation to the material discussed in the process. If this occurs, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the research team via email at [email protected], the researcher will attend to your request in the context of your circumstances.

What are the potential benefits of the research project?

We cannot guarantee that you will receive any benefit from participating in this research; however, possible benefits may include:

  • Benefit to members as their needs will be highlighted, and future educational activities will be planned accordingly.
  • Benefit to members as their experience will shed light on how BOPA meets EDI values and will allow for improvements within BOPA practices.
  • Benefit to oncology pharmacy community and their patients as this will allow other organisations to model their EDI plans in light of our results.
  • Gaining the opportunity for thoughtful reflection on one’s EDl practice.

Can I withdraw from the project?

Participation in this project is completely voluntary. If you agree to participate, you can withdraw from the survey at any stage by not completing the survey. No personal data will be collected.

Your decision to participate or not, or to withdraw, will not affect your relationship with  BOPA.

What will happen to my information?

Any information you provide will remain confidential. The summary of the questionnaire will be treated as private and confidential and stored securely in a password-protected folder (Box file) on the University of Adelaide-Rural Clinical School server and only accessible to the research team.

It is anticipated that the results of this research project will be published and/or presented in journal articles and conferences. In any publication and/or presentation, the information will be provided in such a way that you cannot be identified. Only summary data and de-identified quotes will be published in any research reports or journal articles.

You will also be sent a URL link to any journal article at the end of the study if you request it.

Data will be kept for a minimum of 10 years after the completion of this or other related projects. All data will then be destroyed.

Your information will only be used as described in this participant information sheet and it will only be disclosed according to the consent provided, except as required by law.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the project?

If you would like further information you can contact  the research group via email:

[email protected]


What if I have a complaint or any concerns?

The study has been approved by the BOPA executive committee and the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Adelaide (approval number H-2022-       ). This research project will be conducted according to the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (Updated 2018). If you have questions or problems associated with the practical aspects of your participation in the project or wish to raise a concern or complaint about the project, then you should consult the EDI BOPA committee. If you wish to speak with an independent person regarding concerns or a complaint, the University’s policy on research involving human participants, or your rights as a participant, please contact the Human Research Ethics Committee’s Secretariat on:

Phone:            +61 8 8313 6028

Email:  [email protected]

Post:    Level 4, Rundle Mall Plaza, 50 Rundle Mall, ADELAIDE SA 5000

Any complaint or concern will be treated in confidence and fully investigated. You can also use [email protected] for any complaints. You will be informed of the outcome personally.

If I want to participate, what do I do?

Submission of your responses via the Survey Monkey link is your consent to participate in the study, and you have read and understood the above information.

Yours sincerely,

Adjunct A/Professor Pascale Dettwiller
Associate Professor Shereen El Nabhani- Gebara
Adedolapo Sanni
Belinda Wilson
Dr Drew Szypowski


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