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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.
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.
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.
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.
Changing prescriber supervision requirements will help more pharmacists become prescribers, says RPSSubscription
Responding to the General Pharmaceutical Council’s discussion paper, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has advocated for an active pharmacist independent prescriber (IP) to be involved in supervising IPs in training to enable more pharmacists to become prescribers.
Scottish Pharmacy Board meeting: 18 January 2017Subscription
The first Scottish Pharmacy Board (SPB) meeting of 2017 was held on 18 January 2017 at Holyrood House in Edinburgh.
Call for RPS members to comment on GPhC religion, personal beliefs and values consultationSubscription
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is seeking the views of RPS members on the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) consultation on religion, personal beliefs and values in pharmacy.
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society RPS president Martin Astbury says Alex MacKinnon is “delighted to accept the acting up arrangement”
17 January 2017: Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) spokesperson on medicines safety, Steve Williams, gave advice to the Daily Mail about how to avoid medication errors when a patient is admitted to hospital or transferred from one care setting to another. Williams advised that patients should take all their medicines with them when admitted to hospital. “It’s the easiest way to ensure that you’re taking the correct type of medicine in the correct doses,” he said.
Pharmacists are key to staying well this winterSubscription
18 January 2017: Olutayo Arikawe, community pharmacist and winner of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) I Love My Pharmacist competition, advised listeners to Colourful Radio on how to cope with winter illnesses, such as coughs and colds, as part of Public Health England’s ‘Stay Well this Winter’ campaign, which promotes pharmacists as frontline health professionals for minor illness. “We want everybody out there to go to their local pharmacy if they are concerned about their health. ...
10 January 2017: Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board member Aamer Safdar appeared on the BBC Asian Network to talk about the importance of blood donation and to discuss some of the barriers that need to be overcome within communities to encourage more people to donate.
10 January 2017: Neal Patel, head of communications at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), provided a comment to the Daily Mail about the risks of people sharing medicines. “It might feel easier to talk to a family member… but it is a conversation that needs to be had with a healthcare professional to make sure you go down the best route for your specific problem,” Patel said.
Deaths: Rosemary Margaret HamiltonSubscription
On 18 January 2017, Rosemary Margaret Hamilton MRPharmS, aged 53, of Edinburgh, Midlothian. Mrs Hamilton registered with the Society in 1986.
Deaths: Gillian Mary TaitSubscription
On 13 October 2016, Gillian Mary Tait MRPharmS, aged 64, of Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear. Mrs Tait registered with the Society in 1974.
Deaths: Malachy MeehanSubscription
On 9 February 2017, Malachy Meehan MRPharmS, aged 98, of Livingston, West Lothian. Mr Meehan registered with the Society in 1941.
Tribute to Bob MichellSubscription
Bob Michell was a tremendous human being. He served the public interest with distinction while a member of both the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) Council and the RPS Assembly. He understood professionalism and professionals. When Bob spoke, everyone listened — wisdom often delivered with a mesmerising anecdote.