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  • 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 needs 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.

  • Imagery of mental illness: woman sits on stairs looking out to sea

    What can pharmacists do to improve the physical health of people with mental illness?Subscription

    David Branford, member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board, and Dolly Sud, specialist mental health pharmacist Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, explain the importance of the role of pharmacists in improving the physical well-being of patients with severe mental illness.

  • Illustration showing icons on long-term conditions and pharmacy

    Pharmacists can help improve the care of patients with long-term conditions across Great BritainSubscription

    On 3 November 2016, the RPS launched its campaign on long-term conditions. Here, the chairs of the three RPS national pharmacy boards highlight the significance of the campaign and how it needs to be actioned in their respective countries. 

  • The myth of the male menopauseSubscription

    20 JAN 2017By Terry Maguire

    My old friend and fellow pharmacist Sid Dajani has been making passionate pleas on your pages and elsewhere for pharmacists to identify testosterone deficiency (Pharmaceutical Journal 2016;297:364). He is confident that, among men of a certain age, a dangerous lack of male hormone puts them at perilous ...

  • Asthma patients deserve better careSubscription

    20 JAN 2017By

    The 2016 Asthma UK annual asthma survey has produced some shocking findings. There are 5.4 million people in the UK diagnosed with asthma, but we found that two-thirds were not receiving the basic care that they need in order to stay well.

  • Why Australia decided to make all codeine products prescription onlySubscription

    19 JAN 2017By ,

    The recent decision in Australia to make codeine-containing medications prescription only from 2018 (The Pharmaceutical Journal online, 23 December 2016) was reported to have been met with disappointment from the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

  • My concerns with changes to the conscience clauseSubscription

    17 JAN 2017By

    I read with interest about the proposed change to the conscience clause for pharmacists (The Pharmaceutical Journal online, 22 December 2016). This concerns me.

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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Minor Illness or Major Disease?

Minor Illness or Major Disease? is a well-established undergraduate textbook covering the diagnosis and management of illnesses and diseases encountered in community pharmacy practice.

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