Business plan for 2015 sets out Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scotland’s ambitions for the Prescription for Excellence programme
Group of London pharmacy employers says joining professional membership bodies can boost career development and improve patient care
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.
Large expansion of NHS pilot project will see many more pharmacists working in emergency departments.
RPS updates leadership guidance for pharmacistsSubscription
New Royal Pharmaceutical Society leadership resource reflects recent changes to NHS leadership programmes.
RPS calls for local leaders to ensure pharmacy is included in pilots of new models of care.
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.
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.
'I Love My Pharmacist' winner announcedSubscription
Pharmacist Reena Barai has won the ‘I love my pharmacist’ competition
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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.
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.
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.
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 the government’s decision not to cap pharmacy student numbers could lower the quality of applicants and lead to greater unemployment levels.
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.
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.
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.
A new generation of RPS members is invigorating local practice forums in Wales, says Mair Davies, chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board.
RPS president Ash Soni reflects on major issues raised during the ‘pharmacy conference season’ in September.