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What you are saying about fast-track medical training for pharmacistsSubscription

Your responses to our call for opinions on a course that could allow a pharmacist to become a doctor within five years’ training.

Nikki Kanani

Nikki Kanani: 'Shortages of the right pharmacists in some areas has been an issue'Subscription


The director of primary care at NHS England speaks about growing up in a pharmacy, her hopes for the sector and how to protect pharmacists from burnout.

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The government pledged to commission PrEP across the board from April 2020, so why are we still in the dark about it?Subscription


There are still no details on how the health and social care secretary’s promise of routine access to HIV prevention treatment will be fulfilled.

Refusing to supply emergency contraception undermines our profession — no pharmacist should do it

Refusing to supply emergency hormonal contraception undermines our profession — no pharmacist should do itSubscription


Allowing personal beliefs to prevent patients accessing emergency hormonal contraception goes against the patient-centred care standards that pharmacists should uphold.

Antidepressants are being used as stopgaps: patients need a range of therapies now

Antidepressants are being used as stopgaps: patients need a range of therapies nowSubscription


GPs need shorter waiting times for their patients, more training and a greater range of psychological therapies to refer to so that antidepressants are no longer used as a ‘stopgap’.

What you are saying about pharmacy degree apprenticeships

What you are saying about pharmacy degree apprenticeshipsSubscription

Your responses to our call for opinions on the plans to offer an alternative route into pharmacy.

Taiwo Owatemi, Labour MP for Coventry North West

Taiwo Owatemi: 'Like every pharmacist in the country, I’ve been frustrated by medicines shortages'Subscription


How pharmacy led Taiwo Owatemi, Labour MP for Coventry North West, to her new role in politics.

Jamie Waterall

Jamie Waterall: ‘Pharmacy is fundamental to achieving our ambitions’Subscription


As deputy chief nurse at Public Health England, Jamie Waterall is passionate about the opportunities for pharmacy in improving the nation’s health.

There will be fewer pharmacies in fewer locations - Toby Anderson, chief executive of McKesson UK

Toby Anderson: 'There will be fewer pharmacies in fewer locations'Subscription


Toby Anderson, chief executive of McKesson UK, on managing LloydsPharmacy’s parent company during a crucial period for healthcare provision and pharmacy.

Can hub and spoke transform medicines supply in the UK

Can hub-and-spoke transform medicines supply in the UK? The jury is still outSubscription


Community pharmacy’s flat funding settlement in England is linked to ‘efficiencies’ to be made through the hub-and-spoke model. With a consultation on the model on the cards for 2020, it is time to reconsider whether its benefits stack up.

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Governments must make tackling AMR worth pharmacy's whileSubscription


Pharmaceutical companies won’t develop fast, cheap and effective diagnostic tools on their own — incentives are the missing piece to tackling antimicrobial resistance.

Regan McCahill

Regan McCahill: 'The mental health of students is of the utmost importance'Subscription


Regan McCahill, president of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association, explains how her organisation will support newly qualified pharmacists in 2020.

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It's not just medicines that improve health — pharmacists need a better understanding of nutritionSubscription


Research shows that dietary changes can help to manage conditions such as diabetes and asthma, so undergraduate pharmacy courses must better prepare pharmacists to advise patients on healthy eating behaviours.

The government won't tell us how many pharmacies it wants to close

Simon Dukes: 'The government won't say how many pharmacies it wants to close'Subscription


The chief negotiator for community pharmacy in England on the new contract he agreed with ministers, and what it means for the future of community pharmacy.

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Cold and flu: we need a sector-wide standard for helping patients to self care


Setting a high quality standard for helping patients to self manage their cold and flu symptoms benefits everyone working in the healthcare sector.


For community pharmacists, the new contract does not add upSubscription


Changes outlined in the new pharmacy contract come into force on 1 October 2019, but pharmacists need clarity on these extra services and whether or not they will ultimately help or hinder patient care.

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Providing self-care advice for cold and flu keeps antibiotics working


Antimicrobial stewardship is not just the remit of selected healthcare professionals — everyone in society has a role to play in protecting our supply of antimicrobial products.

We must declare Scotland's drug deaths a public health emergency

We must declare Scotland's drug deaths a public health emergencySubscription


The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland has soared to the highest level in the EU. We know which strategies can tackle this crisis —  we should be using them.

Duncan Craig

Duncan Craig: 'I'm concerned students' scientific acumen is completely ignored'Subscription


The chair of the Pharmacy Schools Council on five-year MPharm degrees, apprenticeships and the impact of Brexit on research.

Catriona Matheson

Catriona Matheson: 'I support decriminalisation of illegal drugs for personal use'


Having spent her entire career researching pharmacy services for drug users, Catriona Matheson is the ideal person to head up Scotland’s Drug Deaths Taskforce. Here, she explains what the group will do to tackle rising drug deaths in Scotland.

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Mahendra Patel

Promoting antibiotic guardians in India


English Pharmacy Board member Mahendra Patel on sharing the antimicrobial stewardship message across India, with students and younger pharmacists at the vanguard.

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Should RPS board members be restricted to serving two consecutive terms?

Mohammed Hussain and Sibby Buckle debate whether members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English, Scottish and Welsh pharmacy boards should be limited to two consecutive three-year terms.

Paul Bennett

Paul Bennett: 'Good governance is essential in any organisation'


Paul Bennett, chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, explains the importance of, and rationale behind, proposed changes to way the Society functions.

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Celebrating 70 years of the BNF

By Jane Trodd

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society library celebrates the British National Formulary’s 70th anniversary.

Matthew Johnston, museum documentation assistant at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

'Up close and medical': RPS hosts hands-on event showcasing medical history

By Matthew Johnston

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s ‘Up close and medical’ event on 26 October 2019 invited visitors to gain a better understanding of the history of pharmacy.

Asif Sadiq

Asif Sadiq: 'We hope to put together a plan that’s truly inclusive'

Having dedicated his working life to improving equality in the workplace, Asif Sadiq hopes that the RPS’s newly launched inclusion and diversity strategy will create a true sense of belonging across the Society.

Brendan Jiang

Brendon Jiang: 'I want to influence change in pharmacy'

Portfolio pharmacist Brendon Jiang speaks of his ambitions for the sector as a new member of the English Pharmacy Board.

Former chair of the RPS English Pharmacy Board and newly elected president Sandra Gidley

Sandra Gidley: 'It’s not appropriate for the RPS to take a stance on Brexit'

As former chair of the English Pharmacy Board, newly elected president Sandra Gidley says she is in a great place to engage with members and continue steering the Society’s work to raise pharmacy’s profile in the wider healthcare sector.

Ash Soni

Ash Soni: 'You get fed up with people throwing rocks at your head'


Ash Soni has announced his decision not to stand for re-election as president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society when his current term comes to an end on 18 July 2019.

Janine Barnes, a neurology specialist pharmacist for the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Janine Barnes: 'Pharmacists don't need to be frightened of Parkinson's disease'

As a neurology specialist pharmacist, Royal Pharmaceutical Society Fellow Janine Barnes has dedicated her working life to highlighting Parkinson’s disease and why pharmacists must be involved in its management.

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