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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.
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.
BNF receives NICE accreditationSubscription
Source: PharmPress The BNF has now been accredited by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
RPS Scotland joins with health organisations to make a collective call for improved digital sharing of patient records across Scottish primary care services.
Source: Courtesy of the King’s Fund The RPS has welcomed an independent review of community pharmacy clinical services conducted by Richard Murray, director of policy at the King’s ...
A browse around the RPS librarySubscription
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society library first opened its doors in 1841. Here, Julia Robinson delves into the collection’s history and speaks to its current librarians about how it developed in recent years.
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.
10 January 2017: Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) chief scientist, Jayne Lawrence, appeared on ITV’s new consumer programme Save Money: Good Health to talk about differences between branded and generic over the counter medicines. Lawrence explained to presenter Dr Ranj Singh that if the active ingredient, dose and formulation are the same, the effect on the patient should be the same.
6 January 2016: Sudhir Sehrawat, member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Welsh Pharmacy Board was interviewed on BBC 1 Wales’s Wales Today news programme about pharmacy’s role in reducing pressures on the NHS in Wales. Sehrawat focused primarily on influenza vaccination services that are available in community pharmacy and the Choose Pharmacy Common Ailment Service.
Tribute to David Michael SteadSubscription
David Michael Stead graduated from the London School of Pharmacy in 1971 and began his 43-year career in hospital pharmacy as a preregistration pharmacist at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Deaths: David Michael SteadSubscription
On 10 January 2017, David Michael Stead MRPharmS, aged 67, of Christchurch, Dorset. Mr Stead registered with the Society in 1972. In 1980, Mr Stead was appointed committee member and chairman of the Dorset branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.
Deaths: Joseph SoutterSubscription
On 10 October 2016, Mr Joseph Soutter MRPharmS, aged 87, of Sittingbourne, Kent. Mr Soutter registered with the Society in 1954.
Deaths: John Loughlin BensonSubscription
On 15 January 2017, John Loughlin Benson MRPharmS, aged 75, of St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex. Mr Benson registered with the Society in 1969.