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Pharmacy practice and profession blog

Becoming a pharmacist in a GP practice — clinical scenarios

Posted by: Regina AhmedTue, 3 Jan 2017

Regina Ahmed has decided to try a career in the primary care sector. In the fourth of a series of blog posts, she describes some of the clinical cases she has handled and her regular workload.

Pharmacy in the Arab countries look towards the UK as gold standard

Posted by: Mahendra PatelMon, 19 Dec 2016

Mahendra Patel provides insight into pharmacy practice in the Arab countries when he attended a congress in Beirut in November 2016.

Becoming a pharmacist in a GP practice – training and communicating

Posted by: Regina AhmedWed, 14 Dec 2016

Regina Ahmed has decided to try a career in the primary care sector. In the third of a series of blog posts, she describes her training opportunities and building channels of communication with other healthcare colleagues.

Smooth transfer of care will help reduce medication errors

Posted by: David GibsonWed, 30 Nov 2016

David Gibson recently spoke at a training course for GP practice pharmacists about how pharmacists can help ensure smooth transfer of care of patients between settings.

Being a pharmacist in a GP practice – getting to know the team

Posted by: Regina AhmedWed, 16 Nov 2016

Regina Ahmed provides the next installment about her new career as a pharmacist in a GP practice.

My pharmacy placement in the Gambia

Posted by: Baguiasri MandaneWed, 9 Nov 2016

Baguiasri Mandane describes her experiences of healthcare in the Gambia.

RPS at the 2016 party political conferences

Posted by: Julia RobinsonFri, 4 Nov 2016

A round up from RPS representatives from this year’s UK political party conferences.

Methods patients use to purchase over-the-counter medicines for misuse

Posted by: Duncan HillWed, 26 Oct 2016

Duncan Hill, specialist pharmacist in substance misuse, explains the tricks misusers of over-the-counter medicines use to obtain their drug of choice from pharmacies.

Becoming a pharmacist in a GP practice – my journey so far

Posted by: Regina AhmedWed, 19 Oct 2016

Regina Ahmed has decided to try a career in the primary care sector. In the first of a series of blog posts, she describes her first impressions of the role.

Machines cannot replace pharmacists

Posted by: Mark BurdonWed, 12 Oct 2016

Independent community pharmacy contractor Mark Burdon explains what links pharmacy, automation and Charles Dickens.

Pharmacy leaders: listen to the worries of young pharmacists

Posted by: Julia RobinsonFri, 16 Sep 2016

At one of the plenary sessions from the 2016 RPS Conference, Julia Robinson heard that the views of newly registered pharmacists and students must be listened to in order to take the profession forward.

How does your personality help or hinder your interprofessional learning?

Posted by: Emma PageWed, 7 Sep 2016

The underlying personality traits of pharmacists and doctors may help explain why working together is such a challenge.

Changing prescribing habits is easier said than done

Posted by: Valerie SillitoTue, 16 Aug 2016

Pharmacist independent prescriber Valerie Sillito explains how difficult she finds it to break out of old habits when prescribing for asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Workforce planning in a changing landscape for pharmacy

Posted by: David GibsonTue, 2 Aug 2016

The evolving nature of pharmacists’ roles could pose challenges for recruitment, writes David Gibson.

Healthcare needs a change of culture if it is to thrive and grow

Posted by: Benedict LamWed, 20 Jul 2016

If the healthcare industry is to move forward over the next 20 years, the culture of blame needs to change to encourage healthcare professionals to report errors so that others can learn from them.

Food as medicine: the importance of nutrition in disease

Posted by: Fawz FarhanWed, 6 Jul 2016

‘Food. The Forgotten Medicine’ was a conference convened by the College of Medicine last month. Here, Fawz Farhan, who attended the conference, discusses the importance of nutrition in disease.

Seven things you need to know about polypharmacy

Posted by: Julia RobinsonWed, 11 May 2016

A recent conference discussed the issues around the “necessary evil” of polypharmacy and how best to tackle it.

Collecting “ologists” and drugs: how pharmacists can assist with management of elderly patients’ medicines

Posted by: Michael ReynoldsFri, 22 Apr 2016

Many patients find their medication regimen become more complex as they get older. Pharmacists can help them better manage their medicines.

Disclosing ingredients of medicines to patients

Posted by: Rabiya MansoorWed, 16 Mar 2016

There is a lack of information on the ingredients of medicines which patients deserve to know about.

Five top tips to boost your independent pharmacy business

Posted by: Emma PageThu, 3 Mar 2016

At the 2016 Sigma conference, John Zucker and Paul Gershlick, from law firm Veale Wasbrough Vizards, spoke with four independent community pharmacists about how they are helping their businesses thrive in spite of the challenges facing the sector.

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