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Alex MacKinnon, director, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) for Scotland

RPS Scotland targets greater clinical role for pharmacy in 2015Subscription

Business plan for 2015 sets out Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scotland’s ambitions for the Prescription for Excellence programme

Attendees at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) conference in 2014. Employers urged to add Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) membership to pharmacy job descriptions.

Employers urged to add RPS membership to pharmacy job descriptionsSubscription

Group of London pharmacy employers says joining professional membership bodies can boost career development and improve patient care

Public health campaign highlights heartburn link to cancerSubscription

People who have daily heartburn for three consecutive weeks may be at risk from oesophageal or stomach cancer and are advised to visit their GP, according to a new public health campaign.

Pharmacists are set to work alongside emergency department staff at up to 36 A&E units across England from March 2015 in a significant expansion of an NHS pilot programme

Pharmacists set to be drafted into dozens of A&E departments in EnglandSubscription

Large expansion of NHS pilot project will see many more pharmacists working in emergency departments.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Leadership Development Framework (LDF) sets out how pharmacists can build on their leadership skills and behaviours to improve patient care and how they and their team works

RPS updates leadership guidance for pharmacistsSubscription

New Royal Pharmaceutical Society leadership resource reflects recent changes to NHS leadership programmes.

Local pharmacy leaders in England must ensure pharmacy is in the new models of care, such as models of enhanced health in care homes

Pharmacy urged to push for role in new models of careSubscription

RPS calls for local leaders to ensure pharmacy is included in pilots of new models of care.

More RPS news

Dementia link to common medicinesSubscription

28 January 2015: A report was published which links commonly used medicines, including some over-the-counter treatments, to dementia. RPS English pharmacy board chair David Branford was interviewed by LBC Radio and Channel 5 News.

Cost of cancer drugsSubscription

Elizabeth Sukkar, deputy news editor of The Pharmaceutical Journal, talked to BBC Radio Leicester about the cost of cancer drugs and cost of developing new medicines.

Assisted dying lawsSubscription

14 January 2015: The Times and The Scotsman reported that Holyrood was considering new laws to allow assisted dying in Scotland. They focused on the fact that “doctors in Scotland have demanded a ‘conscience clause’ be inserted into new laws on assisted suicide”.

Pharmacists can alleviate A&E pressureSubscription

8 January 2015: Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) members Kate Fletcher and Catherine Langran, both from the University of Reading School of Pharmacy, were interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire about pharmacists in relation to the current pressures facing A&E.

Painkiller adviceSubscription

30 December 2014: Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) spokesperson Sultan ‘Sid’ Dajani spoke to the Daily Mail about simple New Year resolutions to transform your health. Sid spoke about swapping ibuprofen for paracetamol. He said: “Many people believe ibuprofen is more powerful than paracetamol, but there is no evidence to support this and paracetamol is much kinder to your body.”

Benefit status checksSubscription

30 December 2014: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) spoke to a number of news outlets following moves from the Department of Health to make pharmacists in England check the benefits status of patients collecting free medicines from their pharmacy if they don’t have their exemption certificate with them.

Benefits of influenza vaccinationSubscription

19 November 2014: English Pharmacy Board member Sibby Buckle spoke to the Daily Mail to offer advice and tips about staying healthy this winter. Buckle told the paper that it is a good idea to get a flu jab as it’s 95% effective and lasts for a year. She said: “People who’ve not yet had it can still benefit from getting it now as, with the mild weather we’ve had, the flu season is not under way.”

Treating coughs and coldsSubscription

2 December 2014: Royal Pharmaceutical Society director for Wales Jocelyn Parkes was featured in the Western Mail’s ‘Ask the Experts’ section, speaking about the season of coughs, colds, flu and viruses.

Taking prescription medicinesSubscription

10 December 2014: New data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) revealed that nearly 50% of the population in England are taking prescription medicines.

Pharmacist Reena Barai wins the 'I love my pharmacist' competition organised by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in collaboration with IPC Media and Woman’s Weekly magazine

'I Love My Pharmacist' winner announcedSubscription

Pharmacist Reena Barai has won the ‘I love my pharmacist’ competition

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Wing Tang, professional support pharmacist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Pharmacists can’t ignore ‘quality improvement’ in today’s NHSSubscription


Pharmacists must show a commitment to the developing field of ‘quality improvement’ as the NHS evolves, says Wing Tang, professional support pharmacist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

David Branford, chair of the English Pharmacy Board; John Cromarty, chair of the Scottish Pharmacy Board and Mair Davies, chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board

RPS leaders: braced for a challenging yearSubscription


The three Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) board chairs in England, Scotland and Wales tell Stephen Robinson what 2015 holds for the pharmacy profession and how they plan to tackle the challenges to come.

Jocelyn Parkes

We need a united effort to tackle antibiotic resistanceSubscription


Pharmacists must work with local GPs to encourage prudent antimicrobial prescribing, says Jocelyn Parkes, director of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales.


Pharmacy must turn words into actionSubscription


The pharmacy profession must actively promote its clinical services to avoid a bleak future, says Sandra Gidley, vice-chair of the English Pharmacy Board.

Andrea Smith, Scottish Pharmacy Board member and national clinical lead (pharmacy) for the Scottish Patient Safety Programme

Communicate to make care saferSubscription


Better communication between pharmacists and GPs is crucial to improving patient safety, says Andrea Smith, Scottish Pharmacy Board member and national clinical lead (pharmacy) for the Scottish Patient Safety Programme.

David Branford, English Pharmacy Board chairman, says government’s decision not to cap pharmacy student numbers could lower the quality of applicants and lead to greater unemployment levels.

Q&A: Failure to cap student numbers risks poorer job prospectsSubscription


David Branford, English Pharmacy Board chairman, says the government’s decision not to cap pharmacy student numbers could lower the quality of applicants and lead to greater unemployment levels.

Helen Gordon, chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Teamwork will define the future NHSSubscription


Greater partnership between pharmacists and other health professions will be vital to delivering better care under the new five-year NHS plan, says Helen Gordon, chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Howard Duff, director for England at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Pharmacists are crucial to solving the NHS urgent care problemSubscription

By Howard Duff

A greater role for pharmacists is essential if the NHS is to reduce unsustainable pressure on unplanned care services, says Howard Duff, director for England at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Pharmacists will be sent a self care guide to help patients manage minor illnesses

How pharmacists in Scotland can help combat antimicrobial resistanceSubscription

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Jacqueline Sneddon, project lead for the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group, and Annamarie McGregor, professional support pharmacist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, explain how pharmacists in Scotland can improve antimicrobial stewardship.

Mair Davies

Strengthening participation in Welsh local practice forumsSubscription


A new generation of RPS members is invigorating local practice forums in Wales, says Mair Davies, chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board.

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

Medicines optimisation, antimicrobial resistance and pharmacy educationVideoSubscription


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

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Special report

Antimicrobial resistance

Last defence dam in antimicrobial resistance

Around 25,000 people die in the European Union each year from infections resistant to antibiotics. Third-generation cephalosporins are often useless against common bacteria like Escherichia coli, and fluoroquinolones are no longer the treatment of choice for gonorrhoea because resistance has become widespread. Here, you can find news stories and articles about the issue.

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