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Pharmacy practice and profession blog

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

Changing perceptions: how Canada's deprescribing network is tackling polypharmacy

Posted by: Cara TannenbaumThu, 16 May 2019

As England prepares to launch its own deprescribing network, the director of a similar scheme in Canada explains what they have done over the past four years.

Why the newly appointed GPhC board left me with more questions than answers

Posted by: Elsy Gomez CamposThu, 2 May 2019

Elsy Gomez Campos questions the lack of black representation on the GPhC board.

After the ballot result: what’s next for Boots and the PDAU

Posted by: Paul DayWed, 1 May 2019

Now the Pharmacists’ Defence Association Union has won recognition for its representation, pharmacists employed by Boots can expect greater independence and support at work, says PDAU national officer Paul Day

Why community pharmacists should undertake the Mary Seacole Programme

Posted by: Ade WilliamsMon, 29 Apr 2019

Ade Williams describes his experience of completing the Mary Seacole Programme

The BBC has got it wrong: we are not 'GP substitutes'

Posted by: Tom GregoryWed, 17 Apr 2019

Pharmacists in general practice provide invaluable expertise and do not exist just to ‘relieve pressure’ on GPs, says clinical pharmacist Tom Gregory.

Ensuring value-based outcomes through medicines optimisation

Posted by: Shazia KarsanThu, 14 Mar 2019

Shazia Karsan describes the value pharmacists bring to integrated community networks in Croydon.

Back to the drawing board: why pharmacists should embrace creativity in patient interactions

Posted by: Nana TomovaWed, 13 Mar 2019

When almost half of patients are unable to understand health information, pharmacists should employ a creative and humanistic approach to discussing medicines with patients, says mental health pharmacist Nana Tomova.

What we do as CPhO clinical fellows

Posted by: The CPhO Clinical FellowsThu, 28 Feb 2019

Katherine Le Bosquet, Louisa Conlon and Adele Mott give an insight into their work as chief pharmaceutical officer fellows.

Treating complex patients in their own homes is possible — we already do it

Posted by: Rabiya MansoorWed, 27 Feb 2019

Improving patient care and making cost savings, the pharmacy homecare team provides much more than just a medicines delivery service, says advanced specialist pharmacist Rabiya Mansoor.

We are already rethinking our training plans because of short-sighted cuts to preregistration funding

Posted by: Mary EvansTue, 19 Feb 2019

With nonsensical changes to preregistration pharmacist funding, we will struggle to train enough pharmacists to fill expanded roles of today, let alone of the future.

Pioneering an independent medicines optimisation clinic in community, in India

Posted by: Mansi ShahThu, 14 Feb 2019

Pharmacist Mansi Shah has developed the first independent community medicines optimisation service in India, but it has not been without its challenges.

Meeting the learning needs of early-career community pharmacists in Northern Ireland

Posted by: Catherine ShawFri, 25 Jan 2019

The Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development have a created a foundation programme specifically for community pharmacists.

Meeting the learning needs of early-career community pharmacists in Northern Ireland

Posted by: Colin AdairFri, 25 Jan 2019

The Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development have a created a foundation programme specifically for community pharmacists.

Meeting the learning needs of early-career community pharmacists in Northern Ireland

Posted by: Heather BellFri, 25 Jan 2019

The Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development have a created a foundation programme specifically for community pharmacists.

How working with podiatry students improved my learning as a pharmacy student

Posted by: Evelyn AndrewsMon, 21 Jan 2019

Pharmacy student Evelyn Andrews describes how shadowing students in a podiatry clinic has changed her perceptions of the role.

Pharmacists on ethnicity, pay and career progression

Posted by: Julia RobinsonFri, 14 Dec 2018

Julia Robinson summarises the pertinent themes discussed during The Pharmaceutical Journal’s Twitter chat held on Wednesday 12 December 2018.

Meeting the needs of patients affected by mental illness in community pharmacy

Posted by: Sean QuayThu, 22 Nov 2018

As a community pharmacist, Sean Quay recognised that he could be doing more to support his patients affected by mental illness.

Why small community pharmacies are at risk and how we can save them

Posted by: Alima BatchelorWed, 21 Nov 2018

Independent pharmacies need a new kind of contract if they are to survive the threat from funding cuts and wholesaler market control, says the Pharmacists’ Defence Association’s head of policy, Alima Batchelor.

What's the strangest question you've been asked by a patient?

Posted by: Pharmaceutical JournalThu, 15 Nov 2018

During #AskYourPharmacist Week 2018 — which aims to raise awareness of the services pharmacy can offer — we asked our readers to tell us the most unusual questions their patients had posed to them. From the bizarre to the ridiculous, here are some of our favourites.

How community pharmacy can support patients who have pancreatic cancer

Posted by: Ade WilliamsThu, 8 Nov 2018

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Ade Williams and Ali Stunt describe the pivotal role pharmacy teams can play. 

On deployment to South Sudan with the Army Reserves

Posted by: Anuj SunderThu, 1 Nov 2018

Army Reserve pharmacist, Anuj K. Sunder shares details of his four-month deployment to South Sudan as part a United Nations Humanitarian Operation

Returning to work as a general practice pharmacist

Posted by: Amira ShaikhFri, 26 Oct 2018

Amira Shaikh describes her experience of undertaking the CPPE GP pharmacist training pathway

Poetry in motion: 10 haiku written by pharmacists

Posted by: Pharmaceutical JournalThu, 11 Oct 2018

The Pharmaceutical Journal asked pharmacists on Twitter to get creative and compose a haiku for National Poetry Day on the 4 October using the hashtag #pharmacyhaiku — here are some of our favourites.

Should pharmacists learn British Sign Language?

Posted by: Saffah Huseeba DanialThu, 11 Oct 2018

Have you ever wondered if sign language is communicated the same universally?

Improving patient care through ward based dispensing

Posted by: Amira ChaudryThu, 4 Oct 2018

The impact of introducing ward based dispensing at Mid Essex Hospital Trust

Research event in Wales helps guide pharmacy staff to turn early ideas into research projects

Posted by: John HarrisTue, 18 Sep 2018

John Harris details how Pharmacy Research Wales is building a community of pharmacy researchers across Wales.

Learning to lead with the Mary Seacole programme: turns out I’m not a know-it-all

Posted by: Chandani SakariaThu, 30 Aug 2018

Chandani Sakaria shares her experience of completing the Mary Seacole programme for leaders.

The RPS Foundation Programme: not just for hospital pharmacists

Posted by: Darren PughThu, 9 Aug 2018

Pharmacist Darren Pugh, describes how the RPS Foundation Programme has benefited his community pharmacy career.

Dear health secretary… an open letter to Matt Hancock

Posted by: Michael HewitsonWed, 8 Aug 2018

Mike Hewitson gives some timely advice to the new person in charge of the NHS.

If you want to thrive, stay curious

Posted by: Sasa JankovicWed, 1 Aug 2018

Saša Jankovic writes about the RPS Women in Leadership: Survive and Thrive event held on 27 June 2018

How a £600 laptop helped us to integrate with our local general practice

Posted by: Garry MyersWed, 25 Jul 2018

Pharmacist and practice partner Garry Myers shares his model for a partnership between general practice and its local community pharmacy, which, if rolled out across England, could save practices over 15m appointments a year.

Evoking Darzi philosophy through a CPhO Clinical Fellowship

Posted by: Louisa S ConlonMon, 9 Jul 2018

Louisa Conlon describes her experience of applying for and being awarded a CPhO clinical fellowship at the Care Quality Commission

Volunteering on pilgrimage to Lourdes

Posted by: Charlotte RichardsonMon, 25 Jun 2018

Charlotte Richardson describes her experience of volunteering as a newly qualified pharmacist as part of the annual Middlesbrough diocese pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Give pharmacists the tools and we will finish the job

Posted by: Emmanuel ChisadzaWed, 20 Jun 2018

Locum pharmacist Emmanuel Chisadza shuns the current reimbursement framework for community pharmacy, and calls for a model that recognises that value of pharmaceutical care.

Will pharmacies ever go 'zero waste'?

Posted by: Emily CooperTue, 12 Jun 2018

Pharmacists can start discussions on new packaging methods to reduce the amount of waste pharmacy sends to landfill, says preregistration trainee Emily Cooper.

My career of bumps, hill starts and road closures

Posted by: Tess FennMon, 21 May 2018

Tess Fenn, president of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) reflects on her 48 years as a pharmacy technician

Women in leadership: survive and thrive

Posted by: Claire ThompsonWed, 2 May 2018

Claire Thompson, deputy chief scientist for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and Nadia Bukhari, senior UCL teaching fellow and RPS English pharmacy board member, are hosting an event for female pharmacy professionals on 27 June 2018.

Medicines advice for patients observing a halal diet

Posted by: Nadia BukhariWed, 18 Apr 2018

Nadia Bukhari summarises halal, haram, mushbooh and tayyib, and the factors healthcare professionals should consider when caring for Muslim patients who follow a halal diet.

Join the panel leading the discussion on gender inequality in pharmacy

Posted by: Angela KamThu, 5 Apr 2018

The Pharmaceutical Journal  Twitter chat on gender inequality in pharmacy is being held on Tuesday 10 April 2018 at 8 — 9pm (BST). Join the panel leading the discussion and use the tag #PJMindTheGap.

Introducing the Stay Well Pharmacy campaign

Posted by: Bruce WarnerTue, 27 Mar 2018

Bruce Warner, deputy chief pharmaceutical officer for England, presents the Stay Well Pharmacy campaign, a new national initiative launched by NHS England.

Getting to know the chief pharmaceutical officer's clinical fellows — Justin, Tahmina and Khola

Posted by: The CPhO Clinical FellowsThu, 22 Mar 2018

Thinking of applying for the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellow Scheme? The clinical fellows from 2017–2018 give insight into their experiences and encourage those interested to apply.

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