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’.
As deputy chief nurse at Public Health England, Jamie Waterall is passionate about the opportunities for pharmacy in improving the nation’s health.
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.
Non-pharmacological interventions, such as maintaining good sleep hygiene and a healthy diet, can help improve, resolve or prevent depression.
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.
Local implementation of national guidance on management of common infections in primary care in EnglandSubscription
Local adoption and adaptation of national antimicrobial prescribing guidance in primary care.
Dan White combines cognitive behavioural therapy and clinical pharmacy to train colleagues and help patients with mental health conditions.
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.
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' is a big opportunitySubscription
The expansion of Scotland’s minor ailments service is welcome, but pharmacy teams need support to deliver it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pharmacists could be given new powers to prescribe medicines in low-risk situations as part of new legislation being put forward by the government.
Opioid prescribing in Wales has increased by 30% in the past decade, according to figures published by the Welsh government.
Books and Arts
Although it does not present any revolutionary ideas, The Twinstitute takes a fun look at health fads and alternatives to common medicines.
‘The Goop Lab’ offers viewers an insight into controversial and costly alternative wellness therapies — be prepared to take it with a pinch of salt.