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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

What community pharmacy access to shared health and social care records could mean for patient care

What community pharmacy access to shared health and social care records could mean for patient care

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Community pharmacies in Dorset could soon have access to system-wide health and social care records. Robin Mitchell, owner of Victoria Park Pharmacy in Dorchester, explains why pharmacists should jump at the opportunity.

My weight loss programme shows pharmacy can tackle obesity at no cost to the NHS

My weight loss programme shows pharmacy can tackle obesity at no cost to the NHS

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Gareth Evans highlights how community pharmacists can support patients with ongoing weight management and clinically significant weight loss at no extra cost to the NHS.

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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 was surprised by how few other black faces I saw on the course Unekwuojo Agada

'I was surprised by how few other black students I saw on the course'

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Unekwuojo Agada knows that black students aspire to be pharmacists, but often asks herself why there are so few at pharmacy school.

I did not think that I could actually make a difference in pharmacy Ishwah Khaliq

'I did not think that I could actually make a difference in pharmacy'

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Being Pakistani and growing up in the UK, Ishwah Khaliq initially found it difficult to imagine herself being successful because of her ethnicity

Tsariye Doro has received constant reminders that she is different because of her ethnicity

'My name has a meaning and mispronouncing it takes away from that'

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Tsariye Doro has received constant reminders that she is different because of her ethnicity.

How our hospital reduced its paracetamol overdose prescribing errors to zero

How our hospital reduced its paracetamol overdose prescribing errors to zero

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Asif Sarwar, an advanced clinical pharmacist specialising in electronic prescribing, describes how he and his team developed a tool that successfully reduced prescribing errors for patients with acute paracetamol overdose from 25% to 0%.

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

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

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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.

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My student-run campaign shows everyone can make a difference in public health

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Pharmacy student Jagraj Singh Thandi shares why his peers should organise their own public health campaigns to make every contact with their patients count.

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

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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. 

Im an academic pharmacist who retrained to give remote consultations during the pandemic

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

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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.

Tell us how the coronavirus pandemic has affected your working conditions

Tell us how the coronavirus pandemic has affected your working conditions

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This year’s Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey contains all the usual questions, but it also delves into how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the working lives of pharmacists.

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

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

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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.

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