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Keith Ridge, chief pharmaceutical officer for England, is gearing up for being in the driving seat at one of the most crucial times for pharmacy

Keith Ridge: 'This is the most fantastic time for pharmacy ever'Subscription

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England’s chief pharmaceutical officer speaks about being in the driving seat during one of the most crucial times for pharmacy.

Poker chips

We're grateful for the clarity, but the new pharmacy contract fails to fix our broken marketSubscription

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The new community pharmacy contractual framework offers pharmacists some hope of a future, but the flawed Category M reimbursement system — which sees only wholesalers cashing in the chips — still needs to go.

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The big debate: is online dispensing a threat?Subscription

The inevitable Amazonification of community pharmacy offers community pharmacy businesses an opportunity to grow, but do online pharmacies put patients’ health and the sector’s very existence at risk? Two pharmacy experts weigh in.

Stephen Watkins

Stephen Watkins: 'What we're doing is about transformation of pharmacy'Subscription

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Despite the recent announcement that it plans to close 200 stores, Stephen Watkins, director of pharmacy items at Boots, promises that its ongoing digital transformation will be a game changer for the entire industry.

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Pharmacists must identify and treat the missing millions with hypertensionSubscription

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Research shows that pharmacists can successfully support the 8 million people in England thought to have undiagnosed and untreated hypertension. But they cannot do it without a change in the community pharmacy contract.

Malcolm Harrison, chief executive of the Company Chemists’ Association

Malcolm Harrison: 'Expect considerable pressure from staff shortages in the next 18 months'Subscription

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Malcolm Harrison, lobbyist for the UK’s largest pharmacy chains, talks apprenticeships, branch closures and the digital challenge for pharmacy.

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Should the pharmacy degree be five years long?Subscription

The General Pharmaceutical Council has proposed radical changes to pharmacy education, but not everyone agrees that it has found the best way forward. Berwyn Owen and Nigel Ratcliffe give arguments for and against.

Roger Knaggs

Roger Knaggs: 'We need to find a balance between appropriate use and minimising harm'Subscription

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Government adviser and specialist pharmacist Roger Knaggs speaks about reducing opioid dependency, non-drug alternatives for chronic pain and why we need to be cautious about medical cannabis.

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Should pharmacy sell e-cigarettes and encourage people to vape?Subscription

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A smoking cessation expert and a pharmacist share their views on whether pharmacies should stock and recommend e-cigarettes to people who want to kick their tobacco habit.

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Sir Kevin Barron: 'Just churning prescriptions over as a means of income is a great loss'

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Having spent 35 years as a Labour Party MP for Rother Valley, Sir Kevin Barron has long experience of how the country is run. Here, he voices his concerns about the way the government is approaching Brexit, medicines shortages and the role of community pharmacy in today’s NHS.

Ade Williams

Pharmacy leaders must train and support teams to meet the needs of patients with joint pain

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Community pharmacy has both a professional responsibility and commercial interest in ensuring pharmacy teams receive the necessary training and possess the appropriate knowledge to deliver the best person-centred care.

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Why patients are still being denied legalised medical cannabisSubscription

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Hospital trust bureaucracy and doctors’ ignorance are to blame for the lack of prescriptions for medical cannabis being issued on the NHS, despite its reclassification for medical use in November 2018.

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Kenny Black: 'We want a smaller, easier-to-manage business'Subscription

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As Rowlands Pharmacy puts 70 pharmacies up for sale, its managing director Kenny Black speaks about how the business will change and the threats from online pharmacies and Brexit.

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Nigel Clarke: 'Pharmacy isn’t just handing over a bag of medicine'Subscription

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The chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council’s plans to revamp pharmacy training, the regulation of online pharmacy and data which show white pharmacists are less likely to be struck off the register.

Medicines safety

We can do more to improve medicines safety for patients in the NHSSubscription

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How pharmacists are at the forefront of a national scheme to make the NHS the safest health service in the world for medicines.

Ash Soni, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Challenging the acute pain status quo

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Changes at NHS England mean that now is the time for pharmacists and their teams to reassess how they support patients with acute pain, says Ash Soni, president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Collaborative working

We must work together to help pharmacy thrive in 2019Subscription

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Securing a good deal in 2019 will require a collective and clear-headed vision of where community pharmacy is going.

Rheumatologist Philip Conaghan

Community pharmacy teams can provide greater support to patients presenting with joint pain, regardless of diagnosis

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Rheumatologist Philip Conaghan urges pharmacists to take on a greater front line role when managing patients who present with joint pain.

Mark Lyonette, chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association

Mark Lyonette: ‘You can only push people so far’Subscription

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The chief executive of the National Pharmacy Association on meeting the health secretary, preparations for Brexit and whether the pressures on pharmacy are affecting patient safety.

Ross Ferguson and Martin Astbury give their personal views on whether the current legislation is fit for purpose.

Should the law change to allow more flexible pharmacy supervision?Subscription

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Two pharmacists give their personal views on whether the current supervision legislation is fit for purpose.

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Former chair of the RPS English Pharmacy Board and newly elected president Sandra Gidley

Sandra Gidley: 'It’s not appropriate for the RPS to take a stance on Brexit'

As former chair of the English Pharmacy Board, newly elected president Sandra Gidley says she is in a great place to engage with members and continue steering the Society’s work to raise pharmacy’s profile in the wider healthcare sector.

Ash Soni

Ash Soni: 'You get fed up with people throwing rocks at your head'

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Ash Soni has announced his decision not to stand for re-election as president of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society when his current term comes to an end on 18 July 2019.

Janine Barnes, a neurology specialist pharmacist for the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Janine Barnes: 'Pharmacists don't need to be frightened of Parkinson's disease'

As a neurology specialist pharmacist, Royal Pharmaceutical Society Fellow Janine Barnes has dedicated her working life to highlighting Parkinson’s disease and why pharmacists must be involved in its management.

Claire Anderson, professor of social pharmacy at the University of Nottingham

Claire Anderson: 'It's important that we help pharmacists navigate the new NHS'

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Chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s English Pharmacy Board, Claire Anderson, speaks about the problems facing pharmacy and what the board will do to overcome them.

Harvinder Sondh

Harvinder Sondh: 'You can’t beat going out and speaking to your customer'

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Harvinder Sondh, director of innovation and enterprise at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, speaks about what his directorate offers members, both in the UK and overseas.

Jodie Williamson, professional development and engagement lead at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

How the RPS in Wales helped shape the vision for pharmacy's future

By Jodie Williamson

Announced at the Welsh Pharmacy Conference on 23 May 2019 and project managed by Royal Pharmaceutical Society Wales, a new ten-year vision for pharmaceutical care in Wales plan sets out 14 principles aimed to transform the sector.

Ravi Sharma, RPS director for England

Ravi Sharma: 'We want to see the pharmacy profession flourish'

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Ravi Sharma joined the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in November 2018, taking over from Robbie Turner as director for England. Here, Sharma talks to Corrinne Burns about the ‘NHS Long Term Plan’ upcoming campaigns, and seeing pharmacists “get the recognition they deserve”.

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Dipesh Raghwani: 'We are proactive in support of LGBT patients'

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Dipesh Raghwani is the managing director of SMS Pharmacy in Salford — the first pharmacy to be accredited by the LGBT Foundation’s Pride in Practice programme.

RPS election candidates

Elections 2019: What will you do to ensure the voice of members is represented on the board?

The candidates in the 2019 national pharmacy board elections explain how they would, if elected, represent members’ voices.

RPS election candidates

Elections 2019: By the end of your term, what would you hope to have achieved?

The candidates in the 2019 national pharmacy board elections explain what they would hope to achieve, if elected.

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