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Focus on Community pharmacy

Focus: Community pharmacy

February 2014

Do the words “community pharmacy” give you a sense of despair? Do they conjure up thoughts of endless, hard-to-reach targets, dwindling pharmacy income and lack of professional autonomy? Do they make you think of ever-increasing demands from customers, patients and the Government? Are you fed up with the continued cuts in dispensing income and do not know what to do? Are you fed up with the continued cuts in dispensing income and do not know what to do? We hope this issue of Focus will help give you ideas and perhaps provide a more positive view of community pharmacy …



If we do not stand up for ourselves, who will? Don’t be afraid to speak up


Too often community pharmacist employees are caught in situations where they have to work under unacceptably stressful conditions. But nothing will change if we stay silent


Evaluation (Mikkolem/

Giving community pharmacy a health check: how are we doing as a healthcare sector?Subscription


As NHS England officially calls community pharmacies to action to help decide what their future should look like, Mark Burdon gives the sector a SWOT analysis

Supply and demand (Pricelessphotos/

Corporate operators set to become acquisitive in 2014 in pharmacy marketSubscription


Simon Hughes from specialist property adviser Christie + Co reflects on the past year in pharmacy markets and predicts an acquisitive year ahead — for some


Many pharmacies do not use all of the available functionality of their systems, for example, modules to handle patient-centred services such as medicines use reviews

Examining the role of new technology in pharmacy: now and in the future


Pharmacists rely heavily on technology to help them do tasks that are often complex. Stephen Goundrey-Smith takes a look at what is available on the market

Over-the-counter medicines monopoly for pharmacies, establishment criteria and ownership critera

The challenges we share with some EU countries: what can we learn?


It is easy to say pharmacy in the UK is all doom and gloom. But are we really doing that badly? John Chave compares us with some European countries

Career feature

RPS Community hub

Everything you need in one place: the RPS community pharmacy online hubSubscription

By Rakhee Amin

Rakhee Amin from RPS Support explains how the new online community pharmacy support hub can help community pharmacists with their practice