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Pharmacy practice and profession blog

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.

Why having a mentor is so important to pharmacists working in general practice

Posted by: Niketa DassWed, 27 Nov 2019

New general practice pharmacists can feel isolated, but mentorship can boost their resilience and the care they give patients, says clinical pharmacist Niketa Dass.

How our pharmacy became the first in North Wales to write prescriptions for minor illnesses

Posted by: Steffan JohnWed, 20 Nov 2019

Superintendent pharmacist Steffan John shares his experience of treading new ground in the launch of North Wales’ first acute minor illness service, led by independent prescribing pharmacists.

How we introduced population health management to our hospital trust

Posted by: James ColeWed, 13 Nov 2019

University College London Hospitals Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is using its patients’ data to identify groups with similar characteristics and design new models of proactive care specifically for them.

How a portfolio career like mine could give the pharmacy workforce a boost

Posted by: Ailsa SharrockWed, 30 Oct 2019

Working across different settings not only gives job satisfaction, but also benefits patient care, says portfolio pharmacist Ailsa Sharrock.

I'm proud of pharmacists taking the lead on World Patient Safety Day

Posted by: Barry JubrajWed, 16 Oct 2019

Barry Jubraj from the Specialist Pharmacy Service was taken aback by the range of projects pharmacy teams across the country are working on to improve patient safety.

Improving medicines safety as a volunteer pharmacist in Cambodia

Posted by: Alda HummelinckWed, 9 Oct 2019

In 2018, pharmacist Alda Hummelinck volunteered in Cambodia to help identify opportunities to improve medicines and patient safety.

Reflective account example: a community pharmacist reflects on his communication skills

Posted by: Kristoffer StewartFri, 4 Oct 2019

Do you feel confident in completing your reflective account? This example helps you understand what you need to include in your GPhC submission

Peer discussion example: a locum's view on medicine safety and near misses

Posted by: Kristoffer StewartFri, 4 Oct 2019

Have you completed your peer discussion? This example peer discussion will help you know what you need to record when completing your revalidation entry.

Unplanned learning example: improving understanding of patient experience in acne

Posted by: Kristoffer StewartThu, 3 Oct 2019

An example CPD entry from the perspective of a community pharmacist who has recently completed unplanned CPD on acne.

Planned learning example: learning about endometriosis

Posted by: Kristoffer StewartWed, 2 Oct 2019

An example CPD entry from the perspective of a community pharmacist who has recently completed planned CPD on endometriosis.

Updating CPD modules to help improve learning

Posted by: Natasha LeesonMon, 30 Sep 2019

From September 2019, our CPD modules will be changing from ‘true or false’ questions to ‘single best answer’ questions.

How UK pharmacy schools can learn from New Zealand to grow culturally competent pharmacists

Posted by: Nga Kaitiaki o Te Puna Rongoa The Maori Pharmacists’AssociatThu, 26 Sep 2019

Work to improve the inclusivity of healthcare for Māori people shows the importance of cultural competence in addressing differences in health outcomes, say pharmacists from New Zealand. 

What a primary care network pharmacist really does

Posted by: Danny BartlettWed, 11 Sep 2019

Former community pharmacist Danny Bartlett has worked in his new local primary care network for a matter of months, but he is already making an impact on his patients.

Dispensing a heart, not just a medicine

Posted by: Ade WilliamsFri, 30 Aug 2019

Writing competition 2019

The patient who taught me that even superheroes have flaws

Posted by: Rory WemyssFri, 30 Aug 2019

Writing competition 2019

The person your older patient used to be

Posted by: John WoodFri, 30 Aug 2019

Writing competition 2019

Bravery on your patient's behalf

Posted by: Sophie OduyaleFri, 30 Aug 2019

Writing competition 2019

To all my patients, who change me a little every time we meet

Posted by: Nana TomovaFri, 30 Aug 2019

Writing competition 2019

Just talking, itself, is therapeutic

Posted by: Simon JacklinFri, 30 Aug 2019

Writing competition 2019

A patient can say everything with just one look

Posted by: Malcolm BrownFri, 30 Aug 2019

Writing competition 2019

The pharmacist I am today

Posted by: Fatema MamdaniFri, 30 Aug 2019

Writing competition 2019

It is every patient who changes your practice

Posted by: Mark BorthwickFri, 30 Aug 2019

Writing competition 2019

The patient who changed me even before I became a pharmacist

Posted by: Emma BoxerFri, 30 Aug 2019

Writing competition 2019

How our pharmacist-led anticoagulation service saves more than 500 bed days per year

Posted by: Sophie BlowWed, 28 Aug 2019

Surgeries are sometimes cancelled because of problems with anticoagulation, but pharmacist-led bridging clinics can reduce the number of cancellations.

Six ways to survive working as an on-call pharmacist

Posted by: Sinéad PeareThu, 8 Aug 2019

Top tips for keeping your cool while working on call.

Adoption of closed loop medicines administration into the NHS

Posted by: Samrina BhattiThu, 8 Aug 2019

Samrina Bhatti describes how closed loop medicines administration can reduce medication error rates.

Data-driven care: why pharmacy needs to get involved

Posted by: Andrew DaviesWed, 31 Jul 2019

Access to data will transform the NHS — it’s time pharmacists got to grips with clinical informatics, says Andrew Davies.

Increasing attendance at post foundation pharmacist training sessions

Posted by: Michael HodginsThu, 25 Jul 2019

Mike Hodgins and Frances Clymer describe how they overcame poor attendance at Sheffield Teach Hospitals pharmacy teaching sessions.

How our remote prescribing service has improved care

Posted by: Ade WilliamsFri, 12 Jul 2019

We can transform care by embracing portfolio working and remote technologies, says Ade Williams.

My role as an ambassador for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Posted by: Fatema MamdaniThu, 4 Jul 2019

Newly registered pharmacist Fatema Mamdani describes why she applied to become a representative for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Pharmacists: we can support people with alcohol issues

Posted by: Roz GittinsWed, 26 Jun 2019

Brief interventions by community pharmacists — which require little time and no specialist training — can make a big difference to people with alcohol addiction, says Addaction pharmacy director Roz Gittins.

The Darzi experience

Posted by: Elizabeth ButterfieldMon, 17 Jun 2019

Liz Butterfield, clinical lead for medicines optimisation at Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network, writes about her experience of sponsoring a Darzi Fellowship Project.

Defining leadership

Posted by: Aditya AggarwalThu, 30 May 2019

Aditya Aggarwal explains what leadership in pharmacy looks like to him

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