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Claire Ward, chair of Pharmacy Voice

How Claire Ward helps to give community pharmacy a voiceSubscription

Claire Ward became the youngest female MP at the age of 24. She tells Emma Page about her career and explains why she now leads community pharmacy as chair of Pharmacy Voice.

Stewart Adams, pictured, discoverer of ibuprofen, talks about why he researched the drug and how he tested it on himself

The man who discovered ibuprofenSubscription

Ibuprofen is one of the world’s best selling anti-inflammatory painkillers. Its pioneer, Stewart Adams, now 92 years old, tells Julia Robinson about how and why his discovery came to fruition.

Tina Bayuse (pictured) was the first pharmacist ever to work for NASA and now heads a team of four in its own pharmacy at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas.

How Tina Bayuse became the first pharmacist at NASASubscription

Tina Bayuse was the first pharmacist ever to work for NASA and now heads a team of four in its own pharmacy at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas.

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.

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

Leading the way for women in science as a pharmaceutical entrepreneur Subscription

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.

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.

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Surgical pharmacist, Neetu Bansal

What I learnt in a year as a scholar at the National Institute for Health and Care ExcellenceSubscription

Neetu Bansal is looking into how pharmacists can support the recovery of patients with colorectal disease as part of a project for her National Institute for Health and Care Excellence scholarship.

Jilly Croasdale is head of radiopharmacy and associate director of healthcare science at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

What my career in radiopharmacy involvesSubscription

Radiopharmacy involves the manufacture of sterile radioactive medicines which are used as part of nuclear medicine studies.

Christine Rowlands, senior practitioner and clinical pathways lead with medicines management for the Health and Justice services

What I do as a pharmacist in the prison serviceSubscription

An interest in substance misuse led pharmacist Christine Rowlands to work in Health and Justice services.

Mark Stuart standing in front of the 2012 Olympics logo

My role as a pharmacist at the Rio 2016 OlympicsSubscription

Finding out an athlete has been cheating by taking banned substances is the hardest part of being a pharmacist at the Olympic Games, says Mark Stuart.

Pharmacist Marion Westwood, pictured, is a pharmaceutical assessor at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). She explains why she was drawn to the pharmaceutical industry

How I help bring new drugs to patients in EuropeSubscription

Bringing new drugs to market in Europe keeps pharmacist Marion Westwood on her toes.

Carmel Copeland, pictured, is the senior clinical pharmacist for care homes at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust (NHCT)

How I reduce hospital admissions by working as a pharmacist in 77 care homesSubscription

Carmel Copeland is the senior clinical pharmacist for care homes at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust (NHCT).

Sharron Gordon, pictured, is a consultant pharmacist in anticoagulation at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a faculty fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).

How I review anticoagulation as a consultant pharmacistSubscription

Being a consultant pharmacist in anticoagulation is varied and exciting, but supporting patients is still the highlight of the job, says Sharron Gordon.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

HIV pharmacist Ghadeer Muqbill (pictured) leads a pharmacy service at St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for patients with HIV and infectious diseases

How I make a difference leading an HIV pharmacy teamSubscription

By working in HIV medicine, Ghadeer Muqbill can stay on top of the latest research in drugs and best practice.

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Many community pharmacists will go on to be owners and managers of their own pharmacies. But what qualities should a pharmacist have to be a successful entrepreneur? In the image, illustration of a man climbing towards a lightbulb

Employee or entrepreneur: what type of pharmacist are you?Subscription

Many community pharmacists will go on to be owners and managers of their own pharmacies. But what qualities should a pharmacist have to be a successful entrepreneur?

In the image, University of Bradford Pharmacy students learn how to deal with patients in the university's mock clinical pharmacy

The five-year pharmacy degree: what have we learnt?Subscription

Proposals for a five-year pharmacy degree – where preregistration training is integrated into undergraduate education – have been discussed since 2011. But how is the programme working in universities that already offer it?

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.

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?

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.

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.

Peer review involves the unbiased, independent critical assessment of scholarly or research manuscripts submitted to journals by key experts or opinion leaders. In the image, illustration of a three scientists researching in a library

How to be an effective peer reviewerSubscription

The peer review process allows experts to analyse scientific research before it is published. Being a peer reviewer enables you to take part in the scientific process, build contacts and view your own work more objectively.

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Special report

RPS Board Elections 2016

The 2016 Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) national board elections are currently underway. A total of 21 candidates have been nominated across England, Scotland and Wales with 12 places up for grabs on the boards. However, in previous years voting turnouts for the elections have been disappointing. In 2015, just 11.7% of RPS members turned out to vote in the RPS English Pharmacy Board elections. Here, you will find all of our coverage of the 2016 elections, including the views of RPS members on the annual election process. Voting for the elections opens on 5 May 2016 and close at noon on 27 May 2016.

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A reference you need

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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