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Encouraging medicines optimisation

Gambling with medicines

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has launched a set of briefings describing how you can encourage patients with specific conditions to get the most out of their medicines. Here, you can find articles describing the briefings and everything else The Pharmaceutical Journal has to offer about Medicines optimisation.

Care for children with diabetes is improving, but there is more work to do

10 MAR 2017By

For the seventh year running, the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit (NPDA) shows children living with diabetes are being helped to manage their blood glucose levels (HbA1c) and so reduce the risk of developing ...

Helen Gordon is departing as chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Q&A: Farewell to RPS chief executive, Helen GordonSubscription

23 FEB 2017By

After seven years in the pharmacy world, Helen Gordon is departing as chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to enter pastures new at the Royal Society of Medicine. Here, she talks to Julia Robinson about her proudest moments and what advice she would give to her successor. 

Pharmacist and report editor Katri Hämeen-Anttila, head of R&D at the Finnish Medicines Agency

Global pharmacist body wants strategies to boost safe medicine use

3 FEB 2017

Governments and pharmacy organisations should introduce national medicines information strategies to improve the safe and effective use of medicines, according to a report by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).

Medicines optimisation service in Weymouth and PortlandSubscription

1 FEB 2017By

In September 2015, the medicines optimisation service (MOS) was set up within Weymouth and Portland, Dorset. The MOS pharmacist conducts in-depth domiciliary consultations with patients to improve adherence and prevent harm from inappropriate medicines administration or prescribing. The service targets patients aged over 75 years with polypharmacy, on admissions avoidance care plans or living in care homes.

Becoming a pharmacist in a GP practice — clinical scenarios

3 JAN 2017By

Regina Ahmed has decided to try a career in the primary care sector. In the fourth of a series of blog posts, she describes some of the clinical cases she has handled and her regular workload.

Tim Hanlon, chief pharmacist and clinical director of pharmacy and medicines optimisation at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust

Standardise, upskill and scale up: how one acute trust is facing the Carter challengeSubscription

26 OCT 2016By Alison Moore

Staff working at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust share their thinking around plans to deliver financial savings and improved care for patients in light of the Carter review. 

Dame Sue Bailey, chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Intercollegiate report recommends how to improve the physical health of patients with severe mental illnessSubscription

26 OCT 2016By

‘Improving the physical health of adults with severe mental illness: essential actions’ makes practical recommendations for changes to help adults with severe mental illness receive the same standard of physical healthcare as the general population.

Rahul Singal speaking at the RPS conference

NHS England sets out recommendations for seven-day hospital pharmacy services

6 SEP 2016By

Unnecessary variation in hospital pharmacy services on weekends can be avoided through optimal use of medicines, technology and workforce, according to an NHS report published on 5 September 2016.

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