Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.


Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login


The Pharmaceutical Journal

Cognitive behavioural therapy: how does it work?

Cognitive behavioural therapy: breaking the cycleSubscription

By ,

The most common alternative to pharmacological treatment offered to patients with depression and anxiety by the NHS is cognitive behavioural therapy, or ‘CBT’. This guide details how it works.

See more infographics


Antidepressants are being used as stopgaps: patients need a range of therapies now

Antidepressants are being used as stopgaps: patients need a range of therapies nowSubscription


GPs need shorter waiting times for their patients, more training and a greater range of psychological therapies to refer to so that antidepressants are no longer used as a ‘stopgap’.


Jamie Waterall

Jamie Waterall: ‘Pharmacy is fundamental to achieving our ambitions’Subscription


As deputy chief nurse at Public Health England, Jamie Waterall is passionate about the opportunities for pharmacy in improving the nation’s health.

CPD article

Pack of amisulpride tablets

Schizophrenia: recognition and management Subscription


Common medicines used to manage schizophrenia have many side effects that can cause significant morbidity. Regular monitoring and support can ensure patients improve outcomes.

Learning article

Exercise class

Encouraging self-care and positive lifestyle changes in patients with depressionSubscription


Non-pharmacological interventions, such as maintaining good sleep hygiene and a healthy diet, can help improve, resolve or prevent depression.

Someone measuring their blood pressure while exercising

Managing hypertension: the role of diet and exerciseSubscription


It is well known that high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. However, there are lifestyle interventions that pharmacists can encourage patients to implement to reduce this risk.


Antibiotic prescription

Local implementation of national guidance on management of common infections in primary care in EnglandSubscription

By , , , , , , , Richard J Boldero, Janet Gilbertson, James Goddard, Sarah J Hiom, Ray Fitzpatrick, , Shahid Hussain, David Upton

Local adoption and adaptation of national antimicrobial prescribing guidance in primary care.


Dan White, a consultant clinical psychotherapist (left) with Adam Hamilton, a medicines management technician

A day in the life of a consultant clinical psychotherapist Subscription


Dan White combines cognitive behavioural therapy and clinical pharmacy to train colleagues and help patients with mental health conditions.

Sick from stress: presenteeism in pharmacy

Sick from stress: 'presenteeism' in pharmacySubscription


With increasing pressures placed on pharmacy professionals, presenteeism — or working when not fit to do so — is becoming more common. This can have detrimental effects on individuals, their families and patients.


Why we need an urgent rethink on prescribing short acting bronchodilators for asthma

Why we must urgently rethink prescribing short-acting bronchodilators for asthmaSubscription

Guidelines from the Global Initiative for Asthma present a radical overhaul of the way we manage asthma; but our current approach isn’t working, and nothing will change if it is not challenged.


Pharmacy first a big opportunity if risks are managed

'Pharmacy first' is a big opportunitySubscription

The expansion of Scotland’s minor ailments service is welcome, but pharmacy teams need support to deliver it.

Rethinking our approach to chronic pain

A rethink of our approach to chronic pain is desperately neededSubscription

Chronic pain places a huge burden on millions of individuals, families and carers in Great Britain. However, despite being such a prevalent condition, the tools for managing it are pretty blunt.


Chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy

More than 70 new advanced therapy medicinal products could be available in the UK by 2024Subscription

As many as 72 new advanced therapy medicinal products could be available in the UK by 2024, according to horizon scanning by the NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service.

Patient presenting with symptoms to a community pharmacist

Community pharmacies get four referrals per day from GPs in 'game changer' pilotSubscription

GPs are sending up to four patients per day to community pharmacies in the south west of England as part of a national referral pilot, a National Pharmacy Association lead has said.

Malcolm Harrison, chief executive of the Company Chemists’ Association

Pharmacy bodies call for number of LPCs to be cut Subscription

Pharmacy bodies have called for a reduction in the number of local pharmaceutical committees to reflect the changing structure of the NHS.

Chinese people on train wearing masks

Manufacturers asked to retain Brexit medicine stockpiles amid supply concerns over coronavirus

The government has asked pharmaceutical companies to keep their no-deal Brexit medicine stockpiles as a precaution against shortages arising from the spread of the coronavirus in China.

Prescription bag

Pharmacists could be able to prescribe 'low-risk' drugs under new legislationSubscription

Pharmacists could be given new powers to prescribe medicines in low-risk situations as part of new legislation being put forward by the government.

Codeine phosphate opioids

Opioid prescribing in Wales increases by 30% in a decadeSubscription

Opioid prescribing in Wales has increased by 30% in the past decade, according to figures published by the Welsh government.

Books and Arts

The Twinstitute

Fun but gimmicky show puts competing health theories to the testSubscription

By Nic Bunce

Although it does not present any revolutionary ideas, The Twinstitute takes a fun look at health fads and alternatives to common medicines.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s health show is a harmless, quintessentially ‘LA’ mish-mash of self-indulgence

Gwyneth Paltrow’s health show is a quintessentially ‘LA’ mish-mash of self-indulgenceSubscription

By Hannah Krol

‘The Goop Lab’ offers viewers an insight into controversial and costly alternative wellness therapies — be prepared to take it with a pinch of salt.

The Pharmaceutical Journal

February 2020, Vol 304, No 7934

Cover story:

Non-drug interventions

Read more…

The Pharmaceutical Journal

View previous issue

Your RPS

Voting concept

Should RPS board members be restricted to serving two consecutive terms?

Mohammed Hussain and Sibby Buckle debate whether members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society English, Scottish and Welsh pharmacy boards should be limited to two consecutive three-year terms.

Paul Bennett

Paul Bennett: 'Good governance is essential in any organisation'


Paul Bennett, chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, explains the importance of, and rationale behind, proposed changes to the way the Society functions.


For official announcements from The Royal Pharmaceutical society please visit the announcements page here.

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.