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Clinical Pharmacist's monthly news round-up: the top 10

What has been happening in the world of pharmacy? Here’s our pick of the must-read news

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Alastair Kent

How patient priorities should be valued in NICE appraisalsSubscription

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Stephen Whitehead, chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry believes that value-based pricing was handed “like a poisoned chalice” to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Learning and CPD

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Heart failure: managementSubscription

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Reducing mortality and delaying disease progression are two key aims of treating heart failure but, for many patients, controlling symptoms and improving quality of life are more important than longevity

Heart failure

Heart failure: clinical features and diagnosisSubscription

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Around a third of patients diagnosed with heart failure will die within one year. Early identification of symptoms and diagnostic testing can lead to improved outcomes and better quality of life 

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Are there any advantages in using heparin solutions to flush intravascular catheters?Subscription

Should heparin-based solutions be used in preference to normal saline to prevent obstruction in indwelling intravascular catheters? 

How clozapine patients can be monitored safely and effectively

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Patients who are taking clozapine require ongoing monitoring because of the risk of serious blood dyscrasias. What should pharmacists be checking before they dispense the medicine? The drug is subject to strict monitoring requirements because it is associated with serious side effects.

Innovation and collaboration

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A project that puts medicines optimisation into patients’ pocketsSubscription

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My Medication Passport was born out of a local research project to improve prescribing in the elderly. A year after it was made available nationally, one of the resource’s creators describes how it has grown

Opinion

Bryony Dean Franklin

Alert to opportunities: On pharmacists showing leadership in health careSubscription

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New patient safety initiatives in England require local leadership from pharmacists. What are some of the opportunities this presents?

Collaboration to boost your development

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Did you have your appraisal last year? A recent General Pharmaceutical Council survey revealed that a fifth of pharmacists working in hospitals had not had a performance development review in the previous year.

Career development

Shared purpose

Inspire shared purpose by appraising your staff as a teamSubscription

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How can your staff be motivated to work effectively as a team? Group appraisals can be used to assess current performance, set future objectives and instil collective responsibility

Clinical Pharmacist

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Heart failure is a clinical syndrome characterised by the inability of the heart to maintain sufficient cardiac output to meet the metabolic demands of the tissues …

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