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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.

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Strengthening participation in Welsh local practice forumsSubscription

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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

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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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Why elderly care must be a priority for pharmacists in WalesSubscription

Health minister calls for pharmacists to focus on polypharmacy and over-treatment in the elderly.

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Embrace opportunities under five-year NHS plan, pharmacists urgedSubscription

Pharmacy organisations have identified opportunities to integrate more with other services and have a real impact on improving patient care within the five-year NHS plan.

Pharmacists could carry out medication reviews in GP practices, says RCGP chairSubscription

The Royal College of General Practitioners has spoken out about the increased role that community pharmacy could play in primary care. 

Women should pursue senior leadership roles in the pharmaceutical sector, says Helena Morrissey, keynote speaker at The Women in Healthcare Science Leadership Symposium hosted by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Supporting women in healthcare leadership rolesSubscription

A Royal Pharmaceutical Society event encourages women in pharmacy to pursue senior leadership roles.

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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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Minor ailments campaign

27 October 2014: the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) called on the NHS in England to provide a national common ailments service through community pharmacies. It followed the publication of research that showed common ailments, such as coughs and sore throats, cost the NHS an extra £1.1bn a year when patients are treated at A&E or GP ...

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.”

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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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Tariq Atchia Community pharmacies to lose out in new £2.8bn funding deal

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