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Ash Soni, President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Medicines optimisation, antimicrobial resistance and pharmacy educationVideoSubscription

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RPS president Ash Soni reflects on major issues raised during the ‘pharmacy conference season’ in September.

Miles Mack, from Royal College of General Practitioners and Jonathan Burton, from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, on their collaboration

Working together for the benefit of healthcare professionals, patients and the publicSubscription

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Jonathan Burton and Miles Mack provide a summary of the recent collaborative work between the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Jocelyn Parkes, RPS director for Wales

Striving to improve standardsSubscription

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Jocelyn Parkes, RPS director for Wales, looks at what is being done across Wales to improve patient care in light of the ‘Trusted to care’ report.

Ash Soni, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Ensuring relevance across the breadth of pharmacySubscription

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Newly elected RPS President Ash Soni looks at some of the challenges ahead, including gaining his own Faculty accreditation.

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Take action to prevent misuse of psychotropic medicines in care homesSubscription

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English Pharmacy Board chairman Dave Branford makes the case for pharmacists to have more input into care home prescribing.

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Minor ailments service could save the NHS up to £1 billion a year if patients were seen by community pharmacists rather than GPs or in the A&E department

National minor ailment scheme could help save NHS £1bnSubscription

Community pharmacists in England could help save the NHS up to £1bn a year if they were contracted to run a national minor ailments service.

Recent campaign by English Pharmacy Board calls for greater use of pharmacists to relieve pressure on emergency NHS services

Urgent care campaign to call for greater pharmacist roleSubscription

A campaign to promote greater use of pharmacists to relieve mounting pressures on urgent and emergency NHS services has been launched.

An electronic pharmaceutical care plan with a patient's drug history and medication should be introduced to improve care integration

Medicines care plans proposed to join up NHS careSubscription

An electronic “pharmaceutical care plan” should be introduced to improve the integration of care, according to a report on the future of pharmacy in Wales.

RPS endorses Boots training providerSubscription

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has given a three-year stamp of approval to Boots’ in-house training provider — Boots UK Professional Learning and Development.

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Trainee pharmacists attend a revision course to prepare for their registration assessment

How trainee pharmacists can be supported through the registration examSubscription

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Nadia Bukhari, chairwoman of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society pre-registration panel, and panel member Oksana Pyzik, both from UCL School of Pharmacy, describe the support that trainees can access through RPS events.

New app to assist RPS membersSubscription

By Jeff Mills

A new app that allows pharmacists to record notes on the top 200 most-prescribed medicines has been launched by the RPS.

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Risks of opioid useSubscription

30th September 2014: The Daily Mail reported on a statement from the American Academy of Neurology that said the risks of strong painkillers, including codeine, morphine and oxycodone, outweigh the benefits. Speaking to the paper, Royal Pharmaceutical Society spokesperson Roger Knaggs said: “Like the US, there has been a marked increase in opioid prescribing for pain in the UK. It remains unclear as to whether the harms of this increased prescribing are the same.”

Using antibiotics frugallySubscription

10 October 2014: the first annual report of Public Health England’s English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilisation and Resistance was published, showing a 6% increase between 2010 and 2013 in the prescribing of antibiotics by GPs and hospitals. Speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire, Royal Pharmaceutical Society spokesperson Kieran Hand said: “Inevitably, bacteria will become resistant to the antibiotics that are used frequently. ...

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Special report

The Ebola outbreak

Timeline, ebola virus outbreak 2014

The current outbreak of Ebola virus disease is by far the biggest on record in terms of numbers of people affected and geographical spread. It is also the first time the disease has spread through a large urban environment. Since it began in Guinea in December 2013, it has spread to Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

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