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I’ve seen first-hand that ECT is a dignified treatment, so why is there still stigma?

Posted by: Kaley DickersonWed, 14 Oct 2020

Pre-registration pharmacist Kaley Dickerson jumped at the chance to observe electroconvulsive therapy, and she was surprised at what she found.

The medicines delivery service was a lifeline for our most vulnerable patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted by: Shirley JamiesonWed, 30 Sep 2020

Concerned that the national pandemic delivery service ended too soon for some shielding patients, Shirley Jamieson — a pharmacy delivery driver working in Bristol — shows how her role can be a vital resource for the NHS.

Would my son have his Lyme disease diagnosis without my mother's instinct? It's time we trusted our patients

Posted by: Arlene BraileyMon, 28 Sep 2020

Pharmacist Arlene Brailey continues to fight for better testing and diagnosis of Lyme disease, after a tick bite left her son chronically ill.

The Paralympian who taught me I had a lot to learn about inclusion and diversity as a pharmacist

Posted by: Frances AkorWed, 23 Sep 2020

An encounter during the Paralympic Games in 2012 proved eye-opening and taught a lesson about how important it is to try to imagine the experience of others.

What my deaf daughter taught me about PPE and communicating with the hard of hearing in the pharmacy

Posted by: Karen MillerWed, 16 Sep 2020

Facial coverings are helping us to limit the spread of COVID-19, but for people who rely on lip reading, communication just got harder. Consultant pharmacist Karen Miller, whose daughter is deaf, says we could all rethink how we interact with our patients and each other.

COVID-19 raged, but mental health staff soldiered on — I am forever indebted to those who saved my mother's life

Posted by: Ruby MughalTue, 4 Aug 2020

Pharmacist Ruby Mughal realised she had a lot to learn about humanity in care after seeing the support mental health professionals gave her mother.

How we faced our shocking plastic culture and eradicated our most commonly used single-use items in pharmacy

Posted by: Sam CoombesFri, 10 Jul 2020

Pharmacy technician Sam Coombes challenged his trust’s toxic relationship with disposable plastic when he discovered pharmacy had used more than 500,000 plastic items in just three years.

The homophobia I faced as a pharmacy student is also evident in our health service

Posted by: Callum GarnerTue, 30 Jun 2020

As we celebrate Pride month, pharmacy — and the wider NHS — has a long way to go before it fully supports the health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. 

Like mother, like son: moving to the UK from Baghdad to excel in pharmacy

Posted by: Fadya Al-HamadaniThu, 5 Dec 2019

When Fadya Al-Hamadani arrived in the UK to study for a PhD in pharmacy, her son could speak only a few words in English, but now he is studying to become a pharmacist like her.

My horrific encounter with ‘fitness to practise’

Posted by: Sarah SeddonWed, 6 Nov 2019

The regulatory process dehumanises those it seeks to protect — it must drastically change.

What my surgical menopause can teach pharmacists about HRT

Posted by: Lucy SkeaFri, 18 Oct 2019

Lucy Skea had a surgical menopause at the age of 39 years; here’s what she thinks pharmacists should know to support patients considering hormone replacement therapy.

Robbery at knifepoint: how our pharmacy coped

Posted by: Amanda SmithWed, 22 Aug 2018

Pharmacy manager Amanda Smith recounts the day her West Yorkshire community pharmacy was targeted by an armed thief, and how the pharmacy team recovered from the ordeal.

I’m a bereaved mother, but I’m still a pharmacist

Posted by: Lisa RaveendranWed, 1 Aug 2018

Hospital pharmacist Lisa Raveendran shares how she overcame her demons to return to work and find her new ‘normal’ following the stillbirth of her son.

2039: Pharmacy after the fall

Posted by: Mark BorthwickWed, 11 Jul 2018

Writing competition 2018

Pouring a stiff drink for the last pharmacist

Posted by: Stuart AndersonWed, 11 Jul 2018

Writing competition 2018

Medicines at a touch of a button

Posted by: Parastou DonyaiWed, 11 Jul 2018

Writing competition 2018

Why we must say goodbye to 'clinical' pharmacists

Posted by: Nahim KhanWed, 11 Jul 2018

Writing competition 2018

Lost in medicine: Mrs Brown's story

Posted by: Michele Rowland JonesWed, 11 Jul 2018

Writing competition 2018

No more white coats: pharmacists emerge from behind the counter

Posted by: Samuel TaylorWed, 11 Jul 2018

Writing competition 2018

Ex Pharmacia: dispensing goes human-free

Posted by: Ewan MauleWed, 11 Jul 2018

Writing competition 2018

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