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Jocelyn Parkes, RPS director for Wales

Striving to improve standardsSubscription


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


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


Take action to prevent misuse of psychotropic medicines in care homesSubscription


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

John Cromarty, chairman, Scottish Pharmacy Board

The RPS is heading in the right directionSubscription


Scottish Pharmacy Board chairman John Cromarty takes stock of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and finds significant progress has been made.

Helen Gordon

Providing standards and resources — and paying tribute Subscription


RPS chief executive Helen Gordon looks at initiatives to provide the professional leadership pharmacists seek.


Just saying “bore da” (good morning) can help!Subscription


Principal policy adviser for RPS Wales Elen Jones reflects on the recent inquiry by the Welsh Language Commissioner on the use of Welsh in primary care.

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Patients offer insight into clinical research, RPS conference hears

Input from patients on the design and execution of clinical research can provide a valuable perspective that healthcare professionals may not offer, a researcher says.

Colin Hitchings

International award for former RPSGB PresidentSubscription

Colin Hitchings, former president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, has been awarded the Joseph A Oddis Award posthumously for exceptional service to the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

Counterfeit medicines

Counterfeits designed to deceive pharmacists, RPS conference hears

Counterfeit medicines are being designed specifically to deceive pharmacists, the annual Royal Pharmaceutical Society conference heard.

Earl Howe, parliamentary under secretary of state for quality, speaking at the RPS Conference 2014

Earl Howe acknowledges delays for dispensing error and education reformsSubscription

The UK government minister addressed the delay in two key documents for pharmacy in his speech to the annual Royal Pharmaceutical Society conference.

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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.

RPS Faculty crest

Community pharmacy handbook launched by RPS FacultySubscription

By Jeff Mills

Starting to build a professional portfolio can be daunting but the RPS Faculty has a new resource for pharmacists in the community.

Cover of the 'Medicines, Ethics and Practice’ (MEP), the professional guide for pharmacists

Explore the latest MEPSubscription

By Rakhee Amin

The 38th edition of ‘Medicines, Ethics and Practice’ was distributed to RPS members in July. Rakhee Amin, on behalf of the RPS Support team, explains what is new in the resource.

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Pick the perfect painkillerSubscription

13 September 2014: The Daily Mail featured an article called ‘Pick the perfect painkiller’. It looked at paracetamol, ibuprofen, pain-relieving gels and other products. Speaking about paracetamol and the benefits of it for muscular pain such as sprains, strains and ligament pain, Royal Pharmaceutical Society spokesman Sid Dajani said: “Many people — particularly men — believe ibuprofen is more powerful, but there’s no evidence to support this, and paracetamol is much kinder ...

RPS media appearancesSubscription

In the first six months of 2014, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and its spokespeople featured in national and regional media (TV, radio and print) on average five times per week. Between January and June 2014, comments from the RPS were read in national print every two days, and heard on both national and regional radio every ten days.  

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Special report

FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2014

FIP International conference, Bangkok 2014

Just under 2,000 attendees gathered in Bangkok for the 74th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (31 August-4 September). The theme of this year’s congress is “Access to medicines and pharmacists today, better outcomes tomorrow”.

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For official announcements from The Royal Pharmaceutical society please visit the announcements page here.

Reader's comment

It is my understanding that the EU determines the [pharmacy] course requirements so that there is reciprocity. Perhaps if Scotland leaves the EU then Scotland’s Chief Pharmacist Bill Scott could get his way [with removing the focus on science for pharmacy degrees] but pharmacists there might have limited career opportunities outside the country.

Howard McNulty Stop science focus for pharmacy degrees, chief pharmacist says

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