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Get out what you put in (Clinical Pharmacist, December 2010)

by Matthew Wright

Get involved. For busy professionals that’s often easier said than done. Yet for those pharmacists who throw themselves into professional activities the expression “you only get out what you put in” will certainly ring true.

Panel discussions at the recent United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association autumn symposium centred around the need for pharmacists to do more to enhance the evidence base for pharmacy practice within their work (Meetings).

Raised at the event were concerns about the speed that such evidence is being collected and, Clinical Pharmacist heard, the opinion that action is needed within the next six to 12 months.

Well it seems that might just be achievable: the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is already working with the UKCPA and other bodies to build an evidence library. The idea is that the more data gathered from research, auditing and projects the better equipped the RPS will be when spreading the word about pharmacy at local and national levels, and the richer the profession will be intellectually.

But, as its chief executive Helen Gordon told senior NHS pharmacists at a Q&A session in London in November (Update), the RPS needs clinicians to be proactive in contributing this information. (Kept at the back of your filing cabinet, that audit you did last year will be no use to the profession.)

But there are other reasons to put up your hand. If you are working in the NHS you will no doubt be aware that changes to on-call payments are not far away. Decisions on what you will be paid for doing on-call after 1 April 2011 are being negotiated in your area right now. Take a look at our News feature and try to get to grips with the possible outcomes — it may pay, literally, to get involved.

We also encourage you to engage with Clinical Pharmacist to help you get the most out of your RPS membership. We welcome letters and personal feedback on the material we publish and, as ever, look forward to receiving your opinions and ideas in 2011.

Matthew Wright, editor

Citation: Clinical Pharmacist URI: 11049606

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