There are data from many countries to indicate that the provision of more pharmacists will improve healthcare delivery. The Square Alumni Foundation has been established to provide funding for students in less-developed countries who wish to enrol for an undergraduate degree in pharmacy.
In response to The Pharmaceutical Journal’s editorial, ‘Securing the best deal for pharmacy’, published in May 2018, I agree that community pharmacy has a big part to play in reducing drug errors.
Research in practice has traditionally been the Cinderella of academia. Many pharmacists conduct service evaluations and audits, but often the findings are not published.
Antibiotic prescribing in a clinician-first telephone triage setting in a general practiceSubscription
In May 2016, a general practice with around 16,000 registrants introduced a clinician-first triage system, which moved the practice’s more traditional face-to-face approach to one in which the majority of the consultations were conducted over the telephone. As a result, many prescriptions have been issued remotely, including those for antibiotics. As part of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) scholarship programme, a project was initiated to measure the impact ...
We need to find safer drugs for patientsSubscription
Seeing the headline ‘Everyday drugs raise the risk of dementia’ in The Times made me realise that we, as pharmacists, must look more into this subject.
The Department of Pharmacy at the University of Huddersfield has been focusing on a number of strategies to enhance high-quality research in pharmacy practice. A pharmacy practice research retreat was organised in May 2017 and a research strategy was developed through a conceptual framework adopted from Nagy and Fawcett’s (2016)
There is an impetus on healthcare organisations to become more data driven, to treat digital informatics as a strategic asset, to put in place processes and systems that allow them to access and analyse the right data to support clinical decision-making, and inform the use of resources where it is needed most. The fast pace of development in technologies such as genomics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, digitalisation and data analytics, bionanotechnology and robotics ...
I would like to express my opinion — which I’m sure many other pharmacists in my situation will share — about the lack of a career break category within the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) membership/registration structure.
Deciding to stop medicines that have been prescribed in line with clinical guidelines could be seen as counter-cultural. It goes against the grain for clinicians, and often patients, too. This Safer Prescribing for Frailty project used an understanding of the cognitive barriers to stopping medicines to enable general practice teams to design, test and embed ways to better meet the medication needs of their frail populations. We took a comprehensive approach to this assessment using ...
Since I put my name forward to join the English Pharmacy Board, I’ve received some great, thought-provoking questions on Twitter, Telegram and other networks. Please keep them coming. Here are a few that have been popping up: What is your opinion of technician-led dispensaries?
Emerging technology simultaneously represents some of the biggest threats to pharmacy as we know it, as well as being one of our biggest opportunities. So, what do we — as pharmacists and representatives of pharmacy — do?
I would like to see all pharmacists accepted as clinicians, therefore my vision for the next three years will be to support the development of a clinical-based service contract for community pharmacy, where they can extend their knowledge and capitalise on providing long-term chronic conditions for better patient outcomes and, of course, increased job satisfaction.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society exists to improve the the profession of pharmacy throughout GB and be a magnet for pharmacists who care. It’s truly quite unique as the only body for pharmacy and all sectors. While our diversity is a huge strength, we must also vigorously meet all of our members’ expectations, aims and aspirations!
As a hospital pharmacist specialising in education, training and development, my particular area of interest is in workforce development. My vision for the future of pharmacy over the next five years is for pharmacy to be fully integrated in the health care system across patient pathways from cradle to grave. This requires a sustainable, capable, adaptable, responsive and flexible (SCARF) workforce. Pharmacists to be recognised as medicines experts and scientific professionals. This ...
Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) membership covers all sectors and pharmacy students / preregistration pharmacist who are our future. However, when talking to non-members and members, many ask what the point of the RPS is.
The pharmacy profession is experiencing challenging times and it is important to work cohesively with different healthcare sectors. I have extensive experience in community pharmacy and GP practice, and have a wide range of pharmacy professionals in my social network. Therefore I’m well versed with issues and problems faced by our profession, and the new and emerging roles we have. Building bridges between different sectors is the key to success and many more services can be provided ...
I would like to express how proud I am to be a member of this profession. You, my colleagues, work incredibly hard every day. Whichever sector, your work ultimately benefits patients. I’ve championed pharmacy by utilising the media, but I could not do this without the pride I feel of being a member of this profession, working alongside you. I want to ensure that you have a voice.
Workloads within community pharmacies are pushing pharmacists to breaking point. Cuts to funding by NHS England have compounded this and pharmacists are caught in a perfect storm of rising workload and falling resources. At some point, something will give. This mustn’t be patient safety. We need action now!
NHS England is increasingly recognising pharmacists’ expertise, but for the value of pharmacy to be fully recognised we must ensure that all we do is underpinned by evidence. The evidence base for new services and roles is really important and we must ensure that pharmacists are all involved in collecting data for research and evidence-based practice.
As the only practising hospital pharmacist currently on the English Pharmacy Board, I am acutely aware that the voice of hospital pharmacy needs to be represented at this level. In the three years that I have been on the Board, the transformation in pharmacy and the call for pharmacists to be recognised as medicines experts is ever increasing. From my perspective, the cuts in funding for community pharmacy have dealt a hammer blow to the health and care system at a time when accessible ...
I am standing to support pharmacists and develop our profession.
Pharmacy as a profession is currently undergoing a substantial and challenging period of change. This change is both financial and role defining for the future of pharmacy. We are living in a world of increased expectation and instant service, ageing population, struggling GP recruitment in primary care and an NHS struggling to meet the demands of patients and the public in many areas.
Thank you for taking some of your time. I am Hala Jawad, a University of Brighton MPharm graduate and a member of the Society for almost four years. I am delighted to be standing for election as an English Pharmacy Board member.
The RPS is for every sector, all ages, all backgrounds, all pharmacists. A threat to one is a threat to the profession. Yet not every pharmacist is a member. In fact, many younger members of the profession actively choose not to renew, one year post-registration.
What do I mean by moving forward together? I mean recognising that community pharmacy is in crisis and we must work collectively to change our future. The savage cuts to funding with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) taking a scythe to our income in 2017 mean many are facing an existential crisis. 2018 will be a make-or-break year for community pharmacy. We need our RPS to immediately recognise this and work with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC), ...
Pharmacy is a vibrant profession filled with passionate professionals who care deeply about the public that they serve. Whether we are prescribing, designing or supplying medicines, that diverse vibrancy is our strength.
Last year I wrote in the The Pharmaceutical Journal that the RPS must better showcase its roles, profiles and ambitions on behalf of the profession and compassionately engage with all of its membership — retired and practising, to make our professional leadership body fit for purpose. Or we’ll lose more members, influence and relevancy.
The RPS has an increasing role in developing competency frameworks and supporting foundation, advanced and consultant practice (through guidance and accreditation of standards). Pharmacy practice is becoming more patient-focused in the delivery of clinical care. Pharmacists see more people with multiple long-term conditions who need complex support to take their medicines. Pharmacists in community and primary care will increasingly do much of the work that GPs did 20 years ago. They ...
Following Hemant Patel’s open letter to Dr Keith Ridge, chief pharmaceutical officer for England, about putting community pharmacies at the heart of the NHS, Sandra Gidley, chair of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) English Pharmacy Board,
The NHS must provide an integrated cancer service, particularly because improvements in diagnosis and treatment position the management of many cancers similarly to other long-term conditions,
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Hospital Expert Advisory Group has existed since 2015. It serves as a consultative group to the boards of the RPS, and acts as a source of expertise and advice on hospital practice issues that affect pharmacy practice and the public. The group provides evidenced-based leadership and opinion, which informs decisions to RPS policy, and advises the government and other organisations. For the purpose of this group, hospital practice includes providers ...
More to be done to support children from black and ethnic minority backgrounds in medicines adherence and optimisationSubscription
The article ‘Communicating with parents and involving children in medicines optimisation’ written by Ashifa Trivedi and published in The Pharmaceutical Journal (2017;299(7906):231–234) was an enjoyable and thought-provoking read, especially while I embark on ...
We are writing in response to the article ‘How to identify and manage ‘problem’ excipients in medicines for children’, written by Sara Arthur and Anna Burgess and published in The Pharmaceutical Journal (2017;299(7903):42–45). The article helpfully raises awareness ...
We are writing to highlight recent work carried out to improve the provision of anti-tuberculosis oral liquid medicines in the UK.
Patient perspective of a pilot pharmacist-led medicines and health education programme for mental healthSubscription
Psychoeducation is the education of a person with a psychiatric disorder regarding the symptoms, treatments and prognosis of their illness. There is evidence to suggest that it can improve outcomes for patients with mental health conditions
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