Pharmacy practice and profession blog
The annual Sigma conference, this year held in Aamby Valley City, India, provided an opportunity for pharmacists to discuss how to improve their pharmacies for the benefit of their patients and their businesses.
David Branford, chairman of the English Pharmacy Board, talks about how the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is trying to raise the profile of pharmacy at a national and local level.
Lack of time is not an excuse for not being empathetic towards patients.
A study in 2009 found that prescribing error rates for junior doctors are around 9%. Education and training pharmacist Sophia Feret describes a scheme she devised to help reduce these errors.
Current initiatives to roll out patient record access to pharmacy provide insufficient patient information, and lack functionalities to ensure safe and efficient provision of services to patients. Moreover, access to these records have been patchy and wider access is needed, writes Andrew Davies.
Chris Chapman describes a campaign from the University of East Anglia student union to remove the 5% VAT that women’s sanitary items are subject to.
Why Joy Wingfield is concerned about the decision to abolish anonymity for community pharmacies in reporting errors before the decriminalisation of dispensing errors has become a reality.
Ayla Atalar describes her first experience with the production side of hospital pharmacy.
We must not allow fears about Ebola and other viruses to obscure the threat of antimicrobial resistance, writes Eamonn McArdle.
HEFCE and HEE have announced that they will not be introducing a cap on pharmacy student numbers. Sultan Khan explains why he disagrees with this decision.
A patient with asthma comes into your community pharmacy to collect his regular inhalers. Johnathan Laird describes an intervention you could make.
Sam Doherty completed a community pharmacy placement in New South Wales, Australia. In a series of blogs, he plans to outline the differences in pharmacy practice he experienced there.
At the end of her rotation covering diabetes wards, Sadia Naeem reflects on what she learnt from the experience.
Adam Pattison Rathbone shares a case study from his work at an outpatient pharmacy service. What decision would you have made?
Elizabeth Sukkar describes study results that suggest it will be “many decades” before community pharmacists’ skills are properly implemented in primary health care.
Helen Middleton explains why defining the difference between mentoring and coaching is not as important as considering what skills you need to support a learner.
Faculty Fellow Helen Middleton explains why joining the RPS Faculty marked the beginning of her professional development, not the end.
Building your Faculty portfolio does not have to be a solitary activity. Emma Wright explains how a group of pharmacists supported each other through the process, and how you can create your own group.
E-cigarette exhibitors dominated the Pharmacy Show this year. Should we embrace is its potential as a substitute for smoking or be concerned at how it is being marketed?
As a pre-registration tutor, you need to be able to tell if your trainee is struggling. Emma Wright and Liz Fidler describe what to look for.