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Pharmacy practice and profession blog

A lay perspective on collaborative patient engagement

Posted by: Alex TaylorThu, 11 Feb 2016

Patient representative Alex Taylor describes an interaction he observed between a pharmacist, a patient and the patient’s partner.

Stepping up during the junior doctor’s strike

Posted by: David GibsonMon, 25 Jan 2016

David Gibson explains how his pharmacy department stepped up to ensure patients were cared for during the junior doctor’s strike.

What I learnt from running a pharmacy focus group

Posted by: Adam Pattison RathboneFri, 20 Nov 2015

Pharmacy PhD student Adam Pattison Rathbone felt left out at his own focus group. Here, he describes what he learnt from the experience.

RPS getting involved at the UK political party conferences

Posted by: Charles WillisWed, 18 Nov 2015

Royal Pharmaceutical Society representatives provide a round-up of pharmacy highlights at the political party conferences this year.

My experience of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone

Posted by: Amanda HotstonThu, 22 Oct 2015

Pharmacist Amanda Hotston had only been qualified for nine months when she went to help with the Ebola crisis.

Selling homeopathy undermines pharmacists as evidence-based practitioners

Posted by: Emma PageMon, 28 Sep 2015

At a recent debate at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society annual conference, pharmacists discussed whether homeopathic medicines should be sold from community pharmacies.

How we are trying to make hospital visits better for patients with learning disabilities

Posted by: Ibrahim AbbadiWed, 23 Sep 2015

Fourth-year pharmacy student Ibrahim Abbadi, who completed a summer placement at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, explains what the hospital is doing to improve care for patients with learning disabilities.

Suicide: an unspoken public health problem

Posted by: Hayley GortonFri, 7 Aug 2015

Pharmacist Hayley Gorton specialises in suicide research. Here, she outlines some statistics and factors that may indicate whether someone is at risk.

Putting pharmacists in the media

Posted by: Nadia BukhariTue, 21 Jul 2015

Nadia Bukhari, senior teaching fellow at the UCL School of Pharmacy, presented a show on health for the Islam Channel for the month of Ramadan.

Labelling price of medicines won’t solve the real problem

Posted by: Paul GimsonFri, 10 Jul 2015

Putting the price of a medicine on the packet may not improve medicines adherence and may have unintended consequences, writes Paul Gimson.

Tips for improving patient-centred consultations

Posted by: Sneha VariaFri, 10 Jul 2015

Telling patients what to do without listening to their needs is a limited approach to consultations. At a recent meeting in London, pharmacists made pledges to help put patients at the centre of decisions.

Latest dispensing figures hold no surprises

Posted by: Chris ChapmanWed, 8 Jul 2015

The latest report on prescriptions dispensed in the England, from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, make complete sense, writes Chris Chapman.

How the pharmacy profession can learn from Reddit

Posted by: Chris ChapmanMon, 6 Jul 2015

Reddit, a social media network mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Google, Twitter and Facebook, suddenly found itself brought to a standstill by its own users. What does this have to do with how you treat your patients?

Ten steps for a successful return to practice

Posted by: Usmah BanarasMon, 11 May 2015

Returning to practice after a long break can be challenging. Usmah Banaros, one of the moderators for the “return to practice” group of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, provides a guide to the process.

Personalised medicines — creating ‘polypills’ in the local pharmacy

Posted by: Luigi MartiniTue, 28 Apr 2015

Patients require different combinations of drugs at different doses. Gino Martini explains how ‘polypills’ may enable patients to take one tablet containing the medicines and doses appropriate for them.

Pharmacy and the Great Exhibition of 1851

Posted by: Stuart AndersonFri, 10 Apr 2015

Pharmacy’s Great Exhibition was an opportunity missed, writes Stuart Anderson.

A pharmacist's journey through the Ebola epidemic

Posted by: Claire LiewThu, 12 Mar 2015

Pharmacist Claire Liew is currently volunteering at an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone. She explains how the disease has affected everyday life.

How do you feel after you’ve made an error?

Posted by: Patricia EdwardsThu, 5 Mar 2015

Healthcare professionals can feel traumatised when they make an error. Patsy Edwards describes research she conducted into the emotional impact of errors on practitioners and the support they subsequently received.

Five tips to change your pharmacy from a “shop” to a “healthcare business”

Posted by: Emma PageTue, 24 Feb 2015

In a skit at Sigma conference in Aamby Valley City, John Zucker and Ash Pandya discussed how to make changes to your pharmacy. Emma Page describes their advice.

Could pharmacists be part of the A&E problem?

Posted by: Adam Pattison RathboneTue, 24 Feb 2015

After hearing about a case where a pharmacist referred a child with a minor paracetamol overdose to A&E, Adam Pattison Rathbone wonders if pharmacists are equipped to be gatekeepers of the NHS.

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