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

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

    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. 

  • Linked paper dolls symbolising a united workforce

    Pharmacy needs global professional standards for education and workforce developmentSubscription

    Catherine Duggan, director of professional development at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and Ian Bates, education adviser to the RPS English Pharmacy Board, discuss the importance of developing a global standard of education and training for pharmacists.

  • Simon Redman, director of finance at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

    Q&A: An insight into the finances of the Royal Pharmaceutical SocietySubscription

    The 2017 Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) budget, agreed in November 2016, includes a financial surplus of £5,000 before interest. Here Simon Redman, director of finance at the RPS, talks to Julia Robinson about how the RPS has recovered from last year’s budgeted loss of £1.5m and what plans are being made to improve services and engage with members in the coming year. 

  • Doctor speaking to patient and social worker taking an elderly woman's blood pressure

    Health and social care need to be better integratedSubscription

    Sandra Gidley, chair of the RPS English Pharmacy Board, makes the case for the integration of health and social care funding and explains why pharmacists are needed across the entire health and social care system and at all levels of the NHS.

  • Mixed reviews about The Pharmaceutical JournalSubscription

    22 FEB 2017By

    I have read The Pharmaceutical Journal since the days of my pharmacy apprenticeship. I have always valued my receipt of it, have always found items of interest and value in it, and I continue to do so to this day. In addition, even though I go online to the website three or four times a week, I still find fresh items of interest or value when I receive the print edition.

  • Warning about potential data loss in pharmaciesSubscription

    21 FEB 2017By

    I write to warn fellow contractors in community pharmacy about a major IT issue that affects storage of patient data.

  • Superior shelf-life of EmeradeSubscription

    13 FEB 2017By Ivan Stockley

    Last summer, I went into anaphylactic shock after being stung by a wasp. When I had recovered, my GP said I should carry an adrenaline auto-injector pen with me and we chose the Emerade brand rather than Epipen because, in addition to having a higher and more realistic dosage (500μg) it had a 30-month shelf life compared with only 18 months for Epipen.

  • Scrap the opioid substitution serviceSubscription

    9 FEB 2017By Wai Sin Kung

    I am a locum pharmacist who has worked in pharmacies in various regions of England. In many of the pharmacies I work in, I dispense methadone or buprenorphine to substance misusers and also provide clean needle packs as requested. It is disturbing for me to see drug misusers collect their methadone or buprenorphine doses and also request needles.

Special report

Summary care record

A one-off £200 payment will be awarded to each England-based community pharmacy contractor when the summary care record (SCR) service is activated before 31 March 2017, and pharmacies using the SCR can earn points through the Quality Payments scheme — which could be worth up to £1,280. Learn more about the service and how to use it with The Pharmaceutical Journal’s special report on the SCR.

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