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RPS annual conference 2015

Crowd gathers at the opening of the RPS Conference 2015

The 2015 Annual Conference (13–14 September 2015 at the ICC Birmingham) focuses on improved service delivery in pharmacy, clinical excellence and educational reform. Through four conference themes, delegates will engage in sessions that explore important issues that affect pharmacy, while showcasing innovation and best practice.

The Pharmaceutical Journal's panel discussion: Medicines, innovation and the value of medicine

The Pharmaceutical Journal's panel discussion: Medicines, innovation and the value of medicineSubscription

Key opinion leaders were brought together to debate the controversial topic of highly priced medicines at The Pharmaceutical Journal’s panel discussion on 14 September 2015 at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s annual conference in Birmingham.

Pilot highlights ‘massive need’ for clinical pharmacist input into dispensing GP practices

Pilot highlights ‘massive need’ for clinical pharmacist input into dispensing GP practicesSubscription

Findings from a pilot, in which a pharmacist independent prescriber provided face-to-face medication reviews in two dispensing practices, suggest that such care can deliver many benefits to patients.

NICE sees a role for the Cancer Drugs Fund, but it needs to be on a different footing, according to NICE’s programme director of technology appraisals. In the image, panelists of the Annual Medicines Panel discussion

NICE sees role for Cancer Drugs Fund but on a different basis, RPS conference hears Subscription

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) sees a role for the Cancer Drugs Fund, but it needs to be on a different footing, according to NICE’s programme director of technology appraisals.

Pharmacist in Homeopatic pharmacy Varanasi Benares India

Selling homeopathy undermines pharmacists as evidence-based practitioners

At a recent debate at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society annual conference, pharmacists discussed whether homeopathic medicines should be sold from community pharmacies.

Ravi Sharma (pictured) told the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) annual conference that he believed the £15m NHS England pilot was not a “temporary fix” for general practice but an expanded role for pharmacists for decades to come

Pilot evidence crucial to integration of practice pharmacist roleSubscription

The evidence derived from a scheme to place pharmacists in general practice to ease pressures on GPs in England will be crucial to further integrating pharmacists into primary care, according to a leading practice pharmacist.

England’s CPO Keith Ridge (pictured) said the expansion of patient care and a focus on medicines optimisation are a “dead cert” for the future of pharmacy

Chief pharmacists: pharmacy’s future is ‘clinical and digital’Subscription

The pharmacy workforce must embrace clinical practice in the next few years amid advancements in medical and dispensing technologies, according to the UK’s chief pharmaceutical officers.

The RPS has published its vision for the future of the pharmacy workforce, setting out the objectives of the society and defines the quality of education required for students, trainees and pharmacists. In the image, Catherine Duggan launched the document

RPS publishes strategy for future pharmacy workforceSubscription

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has published a strategy document for the future of the pharmacy workforce, which sets out the objectives of the Society and defines the quality of education required for students, trainees and pharmacists.

Hospitals are outperforming primary care when it comes to implementing toolkits for AMS, according to research performed by Public Health England. In the image, Diane Ashiru-Oredope, the pharmacist lead for antimicrobial resistance and stewardship at PHE

Hospitals outperforming primary care on antibiotic stewardship, says Public Health EnglandSubscription

When it comes to implementing toolkits for antimicrobial stewardship, hospitals are doing better than primary care, according to research by Public Health England.

Antimicrobial pharmacist Philip Howard (pictured) tells how point-of-care tests could reduce inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics during the 2015 Royal Pharmaceutical Society Conference

Point-of-care testing for infections vital in fight against antimicrobial resistanceSubscription

Point of care tests are one of the most crucial developments in the fight against antimicrobial resistance, according to a leading antimicrobial pharmacist.

Progress on five-year integrated degree urgently needed to produce clinical pharmacists the NHS ‘wants and needs’, says chief pharmaceutical officer, Keith Ridge (far left)

Delays to pharmacy education reforms ‘must stop now’, warns pharmacy chiefSubscription

Reforms to pharmacy education have been delayed for “far too long” and progress must be made soon to deliver the pharmacists the health service needs, England’s chief pharmaceutical officer has warned.

All pharmacists employed by health boards and trusts in Wales should engage with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty processes, according to the All Wales Chief Pharmacist Committee.

Welsh chief pharmacists say NHS pharmacists should 'engage with' RPS FacultySubscription

All pharmacists employed by health boards and trusts in Wales should engage with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty processes, according to the All Wales Chief Pharmacist Committee.

Customers using a pharmacy vaccination service are happy for the pharmacist to be allowed access to their GP records, suggests a survey of over 7,000 patients. In the image, a senior woman is vaccinated by a pharmacist

Survey finds 80% of customers would allow pharmacists to access their GP recordSubscription

Customers using a pharmacy vaccination service are happy for the pharmacist to be allowed access to their GP records, suggests a survey of over 7,000 patients.

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2015 RPS award winners announcedSubscription

The winners of this year’s Royal Pharmaceutical Society Awards were revealed at the annual conference in Birmingham on 13 September 2015.

Pat Oakley (pictured), teaching and research fellow in public policy and management at King’s College London, described new opportunities and challenges for pharmacists in a keynote speech

Pharmacists must prepare for changing NHS, RPS conference hearsSubscription

The pharmacy profession will need to adapt its clinical practice within a changing NHS as the health service adjusts to meet demand, attendees at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s annual conference heard.

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