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Many employee community pharmacists dream of owning their own pharmacy. Steve Hemsley weighs up the pros and cons of buying and building your own pharmacy. In the image, illustration of bricks and cash

Build or buy: what’s the best route to your own pharmacy?Subscription

Many employee community pharmacists dream of owning their own pharmacy — so what’s the best way of making this happen? Steve Hemsley weighs up the pros and cons.

Faculty assessor and journalist Asha Fowells, pictured, explains what is involved when applying for faculty membership

How to make a successful RPS Faculty applicationSubscription

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Faculty recognises pharmacists for their professional achievements. Faculty assessor and journalist Asha Fowells explains what is involved when applying for membership.

Strong, united teams that work efficiently and collaboratively to achieve common objectives has to be the goal for any pharmacy organisation. Team building is a way to achieve this. In the image, the Rat Trap team building exercise

The value of team building for pharmacy staffSubscription

Strong, united teams that work efficiently and collaboratively to achieve common objectives is the goal for any organisation. But can team building help pharmacy teams work better together?

Lead pharmacist and independent prescriber Caroline Dada (pictured) specialises in mental health and gender identity. She describes the challenges that these patients face and explains her role in helping them

How I deliver a pharmacy service for patients undergoing gender reassignmentSubscription

Patients undergoing gender reassignment can find it difficult to get the medicines they need because of how services are commissioned.

Emily Rose (pictured) was announced the winner of ‘I Love My Pharmacist’ 2015. Here she talks about her journey to rheumatology and the patient monitoring pathway that led to her national recognition

How to win national recognition through rheumatologySubscription

‘I Love My Pharmacist’ winner Emily Rose has saved the NHS £200,000 as a result of her new patient monitoring pathway. Here she tells Julia Robinson how she accidently fell into rheumatology, and why she intends on rolling the service out to other departments.

Pharmacist Kat Hall, pictured, is a senior teaching fellow at the University of Reading. She explains how to maximise your learning from continuing professional development (CPD) activities

How to make the most of your CPD and learning opportunitiesSubscription

Pharmacy professionals have to complete continuing professional development (CPD) activities as a requirement to remain on the pharmacy register. How can they best capitalise on these opportunities for learning?

Community pharmacies are seen as healthcare clinics by the public but also need to be profitable in order to be viable. Is there a conflict between these two requirements? Pictured, a set of scales weighing up money and health.

Achieving the right balance between clinical responsibility and commercial successSubscription

Community pharmacies are seen as healthcare clinics by the public but also need to be profitable in order to be viable. Is there a conflict between these two requirements, or can they operate in tandem?

Carrying out research may be a daunting prospect for busy community pharmacists. But getting involved can boost your clinical skills, widen your contact network and help change practice. The image is an illustration of a pharmacist and a patient

Get started with research in community pharmacySubscription

Carrying out research may be a daunting prospect for busy community pharmacists. But getting involved can boost your clinical skills, widen your contact network and help change practice, finds Ross Ferguson.

Claire Thompson (pictured) has co-founded two pharmaceutical science companies, following a career in the industry spanning over 15 years and has the credentials to be a role model for women in science

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Serial entrepreneur Claire Thompson recently secured the Royal Pharmaceutical Society commendation for pharmaceutical science. Here, she talks to Emma Page about business, women in science and football.

Community pharmacist Mr Dispenser has written two books of collections of anecdotes about pharmacy, including ‘Pills, thrills and methadone spills’. In the image, illustration of the anonymous Mr Dispenser

How Twitter led me to write a book on community pharmacySubscription

After discovering Twitter, Mr Dispenser started a blog on community pharmacy — which eventually became a book.

Pharmacist Rob Morris (pictured) has spent his career developing and selling medicines for farm animals and pets. He encourages other pharmacists to consider the sector, even though jobs may be scarce.

Why I chose veterinary pharmacy instead of community or hospitalSubscription

Practising veterinary pharmacy offers flexibility and creativity that the traditional sectors do not, writes Rob Morris.

Cormac Tobin (pictured), managing director of Celesio UK, which owns John Bell & Croyden, describes the history of the pharmacy and explains what changes have been made

How we refurbished a famous London pharmacySubscription

John Bell & Croyden pharmacy, which first opened over 200 years ago and holds the Royal warrant, has just had a £4m makeover.

Chairman of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English Pharmacy Board Sandra Gidley, pictured, has had a colourful career as a pharmacist and politician

How I went from working in a community pharmacy to the House of CommonsSubscription

RPS English Pharmacy Board chair Sandra Gidley has had a colourful career as a pharmacist and politician. Here she tells Emma Page about elections, children and community pharmacy.

Working in pricing at the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee gives Harpreet Chana, pictured, the opportunity to educate pharmacists

How I help community pharmacy teams understand drug pricing and reimbursementSubscription

Working in pricing at the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee gives Harpreet Chana the opportunity to educate and support pharmacists.

Attending a networking event is important particularly if you are looking for someone to collaborate with, want to share best practice or are even after a new job. In the image, a group of women networking during the recent RPS conference

A guide to networking at pharmacy conferencesSubscription

Attending a networking event can be a source of anxiety for pharmacy professionals at any stage of their careers. Finding the right people to talk to and starting conversations can be intimidating, but these are important skills to help your personal and professional development.

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Putting together a conference about alternative pharmacy careers

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The Alternative Pharmacy Careers conference is due to take place on 23 January 2016 at the University of East Anglia. Third-year pharmacy student Sarah Kirk describes how the conference came about.

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2015 looks like a year of transition. From new clinical opportunities to slow progress on reforming pharmacy education, the pharmacy landscape continues to shift amid a backdrop of austere UK public spending and the spectre of centralised dispensing

Review of 2015: ten developments that are changing pharmacySubscription

18 DEC 2015By

The pharmacy landscape continues to shift amid a backdrop of austere UK public spending and the rising spectre of centralised dispensing in the community. The Pharmaceutical Journal presents ten developments that affected pharmacists in 2015.

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Care of older people

Care of older people

Old age brings with it an increased likelihood of long-term conditions, as well as the prospect of taking multiple medicines. Frailty, dementia and mobility problems all contribute to the challenges faced by healthcare services when caring for ageing populations. Much can be done to improve the lives of older people – through innovative care pathways, evidence-based medicine and research into ageing and the delivery of care. Here, you can find news stories and articles on topics ranging from medication reviews in care homes to preventing falls in older people.

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Registration Exam Questions IV

Registration Exam Questions IV helps pharmacy trainees to revise for their GPhC registration assessment with a comprehensive bank of questions on a range of topics likely to be covered in the exam.

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