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Issue : Clinical Pharmacist, 2013

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  • Clinical Pharmacist's monthly news round-up: the top 10 Subscription

    2 DEC 2013 11:05

    What has been happening in the world of pharmacy? The team at Clinical Pharmacist summarises the month’s top 10 clinical pharmacy and NHS stories.

  • X-ray of the hip showing femoral neck fracture (James Cavalini/

    Offer a drug holiday from biphosphonates to prevent fractures Subscription

    2 DEC 2013 9:37 By Louise Maguire

    Your patient, a 68-year-old woman, has been taking alendronic acid for five and a half years. She has responded well to the treatment and manages the side effects fairly well. She has not had her therapy reviewed recently and you believe it might be time for a drug holiday. What is the next step?

  • Valerie Sillio

    A seat at the table, whatever the setting Subscription

    29 NOV 2013 15:56 By Valerie Sillito

    It may well be that some pharmacists are frightened of these new developments and might not be comfortable with the direction in which pharmacy is moving, and will seek not to be involved.

  • Virtual handshake

    Save money from high-cost medicines using gain share Subscription

    29 NOV 2013 15:00 By Maureen O'Sullivan

    Virtual handshake Source: Tsung-lin Wu/

  • Fly the flag for pharmacy

    29 NOV 2013 14:53 By Maureen O'Sullivan

    By Maureen O’Sullivan

  • Alison Ewing

    Don't get comfortable: apply for the Faculty Subscription

    29 NOV 2013 14:48 By Alison B Ewing

    Alison Ewing

  • What does quality look like when it comes to homecare services? Subscription

    31 OCT 2013 12:58 By Matthew Wright

    The market for homecare services has grown substantially over the past decade. But these services come with clinical and financial risks and, until recently, there has been no recognised framework available to describe what a good homecare service should encompass.

  • Clinical Pharmacist's monthly news round-up: the top 10 Subscription

    31 OCT 2013 12:35

    What has been happening in the world of pharmacy? The team at Clinical Pharmacist summarises the month's top 10 clinical pharmacy and NHS stories. 1. Recognition for first RPS Faculty membersSeventy-five pharmacists have become the first members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty.

  • No hat, no play

    31 OCT 2013 12:20 By Matthew Wright

    Slip! Slop! Slap! Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat. Those are the words to a jingle that everyone knew in Australia when I was growing up in the 1980s.

  • Learn about the gold standard for homecare Subscription

    31 OCT 2013 12:17

    By Carol McCall, PhD, MRPharmS, and Ray Fitzpatrick, PhD, FRPharmS, FFRPS

  • Employees (Rafter/

    Commissioning support units —what pharmacists do there Subscription

    31 OCT 2013 12:12 By Elizabeth Sukkar

    Meet the dark horse of the NHS: the commissioning support unit (CSU). Little tends to be said about these organisations, borne out of the NHS reforms in England that went live in April 2013. Initially there were 23 CSUs, but their number has been falling and now sits at 17. In future, there is an expectation that there will be fewer of them, as smaller CSUs merge with larger ones to give them more financial security.

  • Emma Graham-Clarke

    Confident, coherent and complete Subscription

    31 OCT 2013 10:56 By Emma Graham-Clarke

    And send. That’s it: my application to join the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty was submitted. Electronic portfolio completed, peer testimonials received, curriculum vitae updated and fee paid. I began the wait for my submission to be assessed.

  • Flynt/Dreamstime

    Introduction of a pharmacist prescriber to a heart failure service Subscription

    30 SEP 2013 12:47

    Heart failure (HF) is a complex condition, with a poor prognosis and a considerable impact on quality of life. The condition affects around 900,000 people in the UK, and almost the same number of people have damaged hearts but no symptoms. HF accounts for around one million inpatient bed days, 2% of all NHS inpatient bed days and 5% of all emergency admissions.1

  • Rachel Hall

    Support for new prescribing professions Subscription

    30 SEP 2013 9:59 By Rachel Hall

    Prescribing decisions are highly complex. Once you have worked out that you need to prescribe a drug, you then need to consider a multitude of other things, including medicines that could potentially interact, contraindications (such as poor renal function), dose, therapeutic effects, side effects and so on, and that’s before you’ve even thought about the legal and ethical aspects of prescribing.

  • Clinical Pharmacist's monthly news round-up: the top 10 Subscription

    30 SEP 2013 9:43

    What has been happening in the world of pharmacy? The team at Clinical Pharmacist summarises the month's top 10 clinical pharmacy and NHS stories.

  • A standard fit for gran

    30 SEP 2013 9:09 By Matthew Wright

    freThe friends and family test. You’ve heard people talk about it — the one where you ask: “Would I be happy for granny to be treated this way?”

  • Alia Gilani

    Get to know the needs of your community Subscription

    30 SEP 2013 9:02

    In the 21st century one of the biggest hurdles to overcome for healthcare professionals is an acceleration in the prevalence of certain chronic conditions leading to challenges in prevention and treatment. Much emphasis in healthcare delivery is placed on modern medicine, which has undoubtedly contributed to an increase in life expectancy in the UK population.

  • Annette Blochberger

    Qualified but still not prescribing Subscription

    4 SEP 2013 11:23 By Annett Blochberger

    I have been registered as a non-medical prescriber (NMP) for several years now. Although the training has helped me gain confidence in what I do as a pharmacist, I confess that I have never used the qualification to prescribe.

  • Checklist (Kineticimagery/Dreamstime)

    Plan your way to portfolio confidence in five easy steps Subscription

    3 SEP 2013 15:33

    You have taken the first step towards joining the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty and applied for eligibility. You can now access a suite of additional RPS resources and a link to your portfolio appears when you log in to your member dashboard.

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