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Pharmacy practice and profession blog

Make small, practical changes at a local level to benefit your customers

Posted by: Emma PageTue, 24 Feb 2015

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.

Getting commissioners to think about pharmacy

Posted by: David BranfordFri, 13 Feb 2015

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.

Making our patients feel cared for

Posted by: Nina BarnettThu, 12 Feb 2015

Lack of time is not an excuse for not being empathetic towards patients.

Helping reduce doctors' prescribing errors in hospitals

Posted by: Sophia FeretThu, 8 Jan 2015

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.

A rethink is needed about how medicines-related IT systems should work

Posted by: Andrew DaviesMon, 1 Dec 2014

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.

Taxing tampons as luxury items is simply ridiculous

Posted by: Chris ChapmanTue, 25 Nov 2014

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.

How does lack of anonymity facilitate shared learning in error reporting?

Posted by: Joy WingfieldMon, 3 Nov 2014

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.

The production of chemotherapy and total parental nutrition products in a hospital pharmacy

Posted by: Ayla AtalarThu, 30 Oct 2014

Ayla Atalar describes her first experience with the production side of hospital pharmacy.

Not every problem is viral

Posted by: Eamonn McArdleThu, 23 Oct 2014

We must not allow fears about Ebola and other viruses to obscure the threat of antimicrobial resistance, writes Eamonn McArdle.

Reconsider student intake controls

Posted by: Sultan KhanTue, 21 Oct 2014

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.

To prescribe or not to prescribe, that is the question...

Posted by: Johnathan LairdMon, 20 Oct 2014

A patient with asthma comes into your community pharmacy to collect his regular inhalers. Johnathan Laird describes an intervention you could make.

How are medicines funded in Australia compared with the UK?

Posted by: Sam DohertyMon, 20 Oct 2014

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.

My first rotation

Posted by: Sadia NaeemMon, 20 Oct 2014

At the end of her rotation covering diabetes wards, Sadia Naeem reflects on what she learnt from the experience.

Long term medicines supply in an acute tertiary centre outpatient pharmacy

Posted by: Adam Pattison RathboneMon, 20 Oct 2014

Adam Pattison Rathbone shares a case study from his work at an outpatient pharmacy service. What decision would you have made?

Dear pharmacist, what do you do all day?

Posted by: Elizabeth SukkarThu, 16 Oct 2014

Elizabeth Sukkar describes study results that suggest it will be “many decades” before community pharmacists’ skills are properly implemented in primary health care.

Is there a difference between mentoring and coaching?

Posted by: Helen MiddletonTue, 14 Oct 2014

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.

My Faculty Journey – one year on. It’s not about the ‘badge’, it’s about development!

Posted by: Helen MiddletonTue, 14 Oct 2014

Faculty Fellow Helen Middleton explains why joining the RPS Faculty marked the beginning of her professional development, not the end.

RPS Faculty membership – you don’t need to go it alone

Posted by: Emma WrightWed, 8 Oct 2014

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.

Whatever your views on e-cigarettes, they’re not going to go away anytime soon

Posted by: Benedict LamTue, 7 Oct 2014

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?

Trainees in trouble — can you spot the signs?

Posted by: Emma WrightMon, 22 Sep 2014

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.

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