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Pharmacy practice and profession blog

When communication is unclear, things go wrong for patients

Posted by: Lucy HedleyMon, 4 Aug 2014

Lucy Hedley highlights the importance of clear documentation and communication on discharge of a patient from hospital and why it is essential to use at least two sources to confirm medication history in vulnerable patients

Commonwealth Games and The Queen’s Baton

Posted by: Audrey ThompsonMon, 28 Jul 2014

Pharmacist Audrey Thompson describes the journey of the Queen’s Baton across 70 nations to its current home at the Athlete Village in Dalmarnock.

Tramadol Nightmares

Posted by: Sadia NaeemWed, 23 Jul 2014

I never thought that tramadol being a schedule 3 controlled drug would become such a problem. Sure, I envisioned doctors forgetting to fill out controlled drug discharge forms (as is needed for other CDs) and us having to remind them.

Multidisciplinary working: an example

Posted by: Audrey ThompsonWed, 23 Jul 2014

Audrey Thompson gives an example of the importance of working with other healthcare professionals at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games polyclinic

Team working at Glasgow 2014

Posted by: Audrey ThompsonFri, 18 Jul 2014

The Glasgow 2014 Polyclinic has now been open for five days. Audrey Thompson describes what’s been happening so far

Hatred is the real battle in HIV prevention

Posted by: Chris ChapmanFri, 18 Jul 2014

Eliminating intolerance and bigotry is the first step that should be taken towards winning the war on HIV/AIDS

New GPhC premises inspection: why we need to stop this runaway train

Posted by: Graham PhillipsFri, 18 Jul 2014

The more I learn of the new inspection model the more concerned I become.

Innovation in pharmacy practice could help to elevate the image of pharmacists

Posted by: Chijioke AgomoMon, 14 Jul 2014

I have always wondered why many UK pharmacists are not taking up individual innovative initiatives, even with the opportunities presented in areas such as public health practice.

Glasgow 2014 pharmacy open for business

Posted by: Audrey ThompsonMon, 14 Jul 2014

The athletes have started to arrive in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games. Pharmacist and volunteer Carole Hunter describes the scene

With a little help from our friends

Posted by: Audrey ThompsonMon, 14 Jul 2014

Before the Commonwealth Games kick off in Glasgow, volunteer Audrey Thompson reflects on the organisations and individuals that have helped the pharmacy team prepare

An Inspector calls...

Posted by: Audrey ThompsonMon, 14 Jul 2014

Pharmacist and Commonwealth Games volunteer Audrey Thompson explains how the team prepared the Glasgow 2014 pharmacy for registration

First visit to the athlete's village

Posted by: Audrey ThompsonMon, 14 Jul 2014

Volunteers for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games have just been given their first glimpse of the Athlete’s Village. Pharmacist Audrey Thompson describes the site.

One down, seventy-four to go

Posted by: Adam Pattison RathboneFri, 11 Jul 2014

There is a lot more to conducting research than I thought there would be. ‘Doing research’ is how I describe what I do to the family, kids and friends, however actually ‘doing research’ is a bit more complicated than it might first sound.

Reputational management: does pharmacy need it?

Posted by: Elizabeth SukkarWed, 25 Jun 2014

What we need now is a long-term strategy to improve the image and reputation of the profession in the public’s eye that has being damaged by recent events

Experiencing New Doctor Week

Posted by: Adam Pattison RathboneFri, 4 Apr 2014

Adam Pattison Rathbone describes his frustration during “new doctor” week, when new junior doctors are brought onto the wards for the first time — but goes on to explain the value of experience

Consultation Skills: taking a repetitive approach

Posted by: Adam Pattison RathboneThu, 20 Mar 2014

After receiving his consultation skills distance learning pack from the CPPE, Adam Pattison Rathbone asks how many times a pharmacist can be expected to learn the same skills.

Hindsight: things are not always what they seem

Posted by: Adam Pattison RathboneMon, 3 Mar 2014

Adam Pattison Rathbone considers how the RPS Faculty and the Foundation Pharmacy Framework may have an impact on career pathways in the NHS

Hindsight; things are not always what they seem

Posted by: Adam Pattison RathboneSat, 1 Mar 2014

During the pre-registration pharmacist training year some trainees can feel frustrated. In my pre-registration year I was initially frustrated that I was spending my first two weeks in the dispensary… an activity I felt was wasting my four years of training at university. When I finally made it to the ward and started to work with the Year One Foundation ...

Five alternative careers for pharmacists

Posted by: Anas HassanThu, 30 Jan 2014

Nobody needs to be surprised at how passionate I feel about the current employment crisis within the pharmacy profession at the minute. But I thought I’d explore alternative careers for my latest blog post. One of the most irritating assertions I hear is when someone wrongfully claims that a pharmacist only really has three places to go after qualification - community, hospital or industrial pharmacy. There are various alternatives available to pharmacists.

The Pharmaceutical Journal re-launch: Content structure

Posted by: Arash HejaziThu, 16 Jan 2014

As discussed in a previous post,The Pharmaceutical Journal aims tobecome your first ...

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