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    Professional judgement

    Balancing the needs of individuals with the needs of society and managing legal or professional responsibilities are central factors when delivering safe and effective care. Behaviours relevant to this standard include having all the information required to deliver care, recognising the limits of competence and using judgement to make clinical and professional decisions with patients or others.

    These articles can be used to support the development of your reflective account entries for this standard and provide an idea of the activities that could be included.

    Ana Armstrong

    A day in the life of a community-based pharmacist supporting older patients at home Subscription

    11 NOV 2019By

    Former hospital pharmacist Ana Armstrong would often find herself worrying about her older patients after discharge; so she decided to move sectors and help bridge care between hospital and home.

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    Whistleblowing in pharmacy: know your rights and obligationsSubscription

    4 NOV 2019By

    Pharmacists and lawyers give advice on what to do if you witness inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.

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    Updating CPD modules to help improve learning

    30 SEP 2019By

    From September 2019, our CPD modules will be changing from ‘true or false’ questions to ‘single best answer’ questions.

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    Dispensing errors: where does responsibility lie?Subscription

    30 JUL 2019By

    Pharmacy professionals give their thoughts and advice to a Responsible Pharmacist colleague whose team is involved in a dispensing error.

    David Gerrard is an advanced pharmacist practitioner at Northumberland Tyne Wear NHS Foundation Trust

    A day caring for vulnerable people with learning disabilitiesSubscription

    22 JUL 2019By

    David Gerrard details a typical day as a pharmacist independent prescriber working as part of a community learning disability treatment team.

    Mosan Ashraf, homecare medicines lead at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

    A day in the life of a homecare pharmacistSubscription

    18 JUN 2019By

    Mosan Ashraf details a typical day as lead pharmacist for homecare medicines at a foundation trust.

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    Discussing the MMR vaccine with patientsSubscription

    9 JAN 2019By ,

    As outlined in Public Health England’s ‘UK Measles and Rubella elimination strategy’, MMR vaccination needs to improve to achieve and maintain elimination in line with recommendations from the World Health Organization. 

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    How pharmacists can encourage patient adherence to medicines

    1 AUG 2018By ,

    This article outlines how community pharmacists can play an important role in medicines adherence, including examples of how to reinforce treatment.

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    How to provide patients with the right information to make informed decisions

    19 JUN 2018By

    A tailored approach can help pharmacists support patients to make better treatment choices, resulting in more successful outcomes.

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    How to recognise and respond to potential child abuse and neglectSubscription

    20 FEB 2018By

    In October 2017, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published guidance to support health and social care professionals in recognising and responding to abuse and neglect in young people aged under 18 years. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams should be aware of their roles and responsibilities as outlined in this guidance. 

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    How to support people with aphasia with medicines optimisationSubscription

    13 FEB 2018By ,

    Aphasia is a communication disability, most often caused by stroke, which occurs when the language centres of the brain are damaged. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be aware of how the communication needs of people with aphasia vary based on the severity of the condition, and how they can best provide support with medicines optimisation.

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    Communicating with parents and involving children in medicines optimisation

    24 OCT 2017By

    Although children take responsibility for taking their medications at different ages, involving parents, and where possible children, in decision making is key to medicines optimisation.

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    How to use the new BNF and BNF for Children app

    25 JUL 2017By ,

    Around 500,000 print copies of the BNF and BNF for Children are distributed to healthcare professionals each year. A new app which combines BNF and BNF for Children content ensures the availability of drug information through a smart device.

    Pharmacist takes the blood pressure of an elderly patient

    How to support cancer patients in community pharmaciesSubscription

    17 MAR 2017By

    Every community pharmacy team will come into contact with cancer patients or their family members. This article aims to provide community pharmacists and healthcare professionals with the tools to be able to speak confidently to patients with cancer and summarises the useful resources available.

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    Communicating with palliative care patients nearing the end of life, their families and carersSubscription

    24 JAN 2017By , ,

    Pharmacists are becoming increasingly involved in palliative care and can be a source of important information and support for patients at the end of life. Health professionals caring for patients with advanced illness should develop skills for communicating with patients, and their families and carers.

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    How to build and maintain trust with patients

    15 NOV 2016By ,

    Patients are more likely to open up and disclose information if they trust their pharmacist or healthcare professional, and a better quality of interaction may result in greater patient autonomy and shared decision-making.