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Category list : Pharmacy practice

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  • Medicines non-adherence concept

    Non-adherence: medicine’s weakest link Subscription

    8 FEB 2018 15:42 By Kirsty Oswald
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    Non-adherence to prescribed medicines is one of the biggest obstacles to effective healthcare, impacting on patients, healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical companies and healthcare systems. Pharmacists are ideally placed to improve adherence, but are effective interventions available and how can pharmacists match patients to an appropriate intervention?

  • Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt

    GPhC reassures pharmacy professionals as government orders review of medical malpractice

    7 FEB 2018 14:37 By Julia Robinson
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    Review ordered after trainee paediatrician struck off following death of six-year-old boy from sepsis

  • Nuala Hampson, general practice pharmacist in West Bradford Medical Centre, Nottinghamshire

    How Nuala Hampson promotes the role of pharmacists working in general practice Subscription

    22 JAN 2018 11:15 By Nuala Hampson

    Working in general practice has allowed me to develop my clinical knowledge and medicines management skills, says Nuala Hampson.

  • Concept shared patient records

    Access to patient records: Britain lags behind other countries Subscription

    19 JAN 2018 16:17 By Ingrid Torjesen

    Pharmacy organisations in Britain have been campaigning for all pharmacists to have read-write access to the full patient record for over a decade. Although some progress has been made, particularly during 2017, the prospect of a shared patient record in Britain is still several years away. However, pharmacists within other European countries, and further afield, have been benefiting from access to patient records for years.

  • Dipstick showing urinary tract infection urinary tract infection (UTI)

    NHS Grampian project: treating uncomplicated lower urinary tract infection in community pharmacy Subscription

    9 JAN 2018 15:20 By Caroline Hind

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common conditions seen in female patients in general practice (GP) and account for 1–3% of all GP consultations each year in the UK. Over-the-counter (OTC) treatments for UTIs currently available in community pharmacy only attempt to relieve symptoms, and do not address the bacterial infection. The Grampian project was developed to provide treatment of uncomplicated UTIs through community pharmacies by means of a Patient Group Direction ...

  • Priya Patel, Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspector for acute hospitals in South London

    Making a difference to patient care as an acute hospital inspector for the Care Quality Commission Subscription

    3 JAN 2018 15:00 By P. Patel

    It is our duty to ensure that patients are treated with dignity and respect at all times, says Priya Patel, Care Quality Commission inspector for acute hospitals in South London

  • January 2017

    2017: the year in pharmacy Subscription

    14 DEC 2017 15:05 By Dawn Connelly

    Against a backdrop of political inertia caused by a surprise general election and protracted Brexit negotiations, pharmacy has been grappling with some major issues of its own, including supervision of medicines’ supply, professional revalidation and decriminalisation of dispensing errors (see 2017: ...

  • Four nations flags (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) merging into the Union Jack

    Diverging community pharmacy practice across the four UK nations Subscription

    1 DEC 2017 11:31 By Julia Robinson

    Responsibility for the health service in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has been devolved for almost two decades. With community pharmacy practice diverging across the UK, there is an opportunity for each of the four countries to compare, contrast and learn from each other. However, differences across the countries also represent the individual priorities and people in the four nations, and highlight the localised progress that has been made possible by devolution.

  • Lloyds pharmacy

    2,700 pharmacies at risk of closure, analysts say

    28 NOV 2017 15:24

    Around 2,700 community pharmacies could be at risk of closure because they are financially unviable, an analysis of NHS data has suggested.

  • Adult woman with Down's Syndrome

    The implications of the Montgomery judgment on pharmacy practice and patients with learning disability Subscription

    28 NOV 2017 15:03 By Danielle Adams, Claudia Carr

    The judgment in Montgomery v Lanarkshire (Scotland) 2015 introduced a new definition of informed consent which has implications for all healthcare professionals. This article focuses specifically on the implications for pharmacy practice and patients with learning disability. During consultations, both pharmacist prescribers and non-prescribing pharmacists must adhere to the provisions of the judgment to ensure patients provide informed consent. Particular issues arise where patients ...

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