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Pharmacy practice and profession blog

When I hit a wall in my pharmacy career, clinical research was a lifeline

Posted by: Adam SutherlandWed, 21 Oct 2020

When hospital pharmacist Adam Sutherland felt his career had reached a dead end, research offered him exciting new opportunities.

We designed a new way of tapering antidepressants, but why won't the health authorities recognise its value?

Posted by: Peter GrootMon, 12 Oct 2020

When Peter Groot, a researcher in mental health experience, suffered uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms from his antidepressants, he set about developing tapering strips — clever tools to help patients gradually reduce their dose. But, despite their effectiveness, they are yet to take the medical community by storm.

How our trust's pharmacists are leading, not just validating, pharmacogenomics testing

Posted by: Catherine ChaytorWed, 2 Sep 2020

Senior cancer pharmacists like Catherine Chaytor at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are at the forefront of new technology using patients’ genomes to identify their risk of chemotherapy side effects.

Our patients with addiction often feel little more than ‘animals’ in the pharmacy — we must change

Posted by: Ishmael AliWed, 29 Jul 2020

When preregistration pharmacist Ismael Ali made strong connections with patients with addiction in his pharmacy, he was shocked to learn how this patient group is often treated.

How a 'network community pharmacist' is a win-win for our PCN — and could benefit yours too

Posted by: Mitesh ShahMon, 27 Jul 2020

A London primary care network has created a new role for pharmacists who want to work in both primary care networks and community pharmacy. Mitesh Shah, a pharmacist at South Central Ealing Primary Care Network, explains how a ‘network community pharmacist’ could truly integrate the two settings for the first time.

I'm an academic pharmacist who retrained to give remote consultations during the pandemic

Posted by: Zoe EdwardsWed, 24 Jun 2020

Pharmacy researcher Zoe Edwards could safely do her university work from home, but she knew there was another way she could help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How fearful medication requests have wreaked havoc on my general practice during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted by: Danny BartlettWed, 17 Jun 2020

Medication-related coronavirus media reports and worried patients have put pressure on general practices and local pharmacies, but we must continue to do right by our patients with chronic conditions, or risk ‘playing catch-up’ later on, says clinical pharmacist Danny Bartlett.

They don’t teach you how to cope with wearing your PPE when you burst into tears on the COVID-19 ICU

Posted by: Sarah SeddonWed, 10 Jun 2020

The pandemic has brought with it a new and overwhelming way of working in intensive care, and it is taking a heavy emotional toll on hospital staff, says clinical pharmacist Sarah Seddon.

How I faced COVID-19 as a critical care pharmacist in one of the UK's worst hit regions

Posted by: Greg BartonFri, 22 May 2020

Specialist critical care pharmacist Greg Barton recounts how his unit adapted to new practices and unknowns as cases of coronavirus surged in north west England.

How I prepared healthcare professionals for battle at London’s COVID-19 Nightingale hospital

Posted by: Yinka KuyeThu, 14 May 2020

London’s pop-up COVID-19 hospital constantly adapted and set the standards for other emergency field hospitals, says pharmacy educator Yinka Kuye.

COVID-19: I was punched by an angry patient in my frontline pharmacy on Good Friday

Posted by: Krunal VyasThu, 23 Apr 2020

Pharmacist manager Krunal Vyas was left shocked, shaken and questioning his place in the profession after he was abused by an angry patient during the Easter weekend.

COVID-19 has put my MPharm on hold, so I'm doing my bit for pharmacy on the frontline

Posted by: Jay PatelWed, 1 Apr 2020

All young, fit and healthy pharmacy students should do anything they can to help their NHS during the coronavirus pandemic, says pharmacy student Jay Patel.

COVID-19: I had to close and disinfect my consultation room after an at-risk patient presented at my pharmacy

Posted by: Lindsey FairbrotherFri, 13 Mar 2020

Pharmacy owner Lindsey Fairbrother describes how her team coped when a patient who had recently returned from at-risk northern Italy visited her pharmacy.

Underfunding has hit my community pharmacy hard, but we’re determined to provide new high-value services

Posted by: Eoghan O’BrienMon, 9 Mar 2020

Community pharmacist Eoghan O’Brien explains the impact of underfunding on the sector in Northern Ireland, and what he’s doing to continue providing a valued service to patients.

An outsider's perspective: it is time for pharmacy to shed its old skin

Posted by: Laura SimsThu, 27 Feb 2020

As a doctor turned pharmacy lecturer, I’ve learned how much pharmacy contributes to healthcare, but the profession must evolve, says former doctor Laura Sims.

Why storytelling is essential to my work as a mental health pharmacist

Posted by: Nana TomovaWed, 5 Feb 2020

Stories bring us closer together, help us build trust and deliver wisdom, hope and healing — never underestimate their power, says mental health pharmacist Nana Tomova.

How my part-time medicines safety PhD changed prescribing practice for older people

Posted by: Su WoodFri, 31 Jan 2020

Pharmacist Su Wood’s work on estimating reduced kidney function led to a major change in national recommendations for prescribing in older people.

Pharmacists are anything but 'pretend doctors'

Posted by: Fatema MamdaniFri, 24 Jan 2020

Pharmacists do much more than just dispense medicines, says hospital pharmacist Fatema Mamdani.

Working as a pharmacist on the groundbreaking new CAR-T therapy

Posted by: Jackie ChappellThu, 9 Jan 2020

Clinical pharmacist Jackie Chappell shares her experiences of working with CAR-T therapy, a new cell-engineering treatment for cancer.

How I convinced GPs to let pharmacists lead a successful triage service

Posted by: Amira ShaikhTue, 24 Dec 2019

Amira Shaikh, a GP pharmacist in London, explains how a strong awareness of her clinical abilities and limitations helped her launch a successful pharmacist-led patient triaging service.

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