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    Professional knowledge and skills

    Pharmacy professionals should use their skills and knowledge, including guidelines and the evidence-base, to deliver safe and effective care while also looking at how quality of care can be improved. Behaviours relevant to this standard include recognising and working within the limits of knowledge and skills, referring to others when appropriate and undertaking a range of CPD activities relevant to practice and recording these to demonstrate knowledge and skills remain up-to-date.

    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.

    A day in the life of a neurology-based Botox injecting pharmacist Eric Bazuaye

    A day in the life of a pharmacist administering botulinum injectionsSubscription

    30 MAR 2020By

    Eric Bazuaye uses his specialist pharmacist knowledge and practical expertise to provide unique relief to patients diagnosed with neurological disorders.

    Folder with a photo of a woman with PCOS

    Case-based learning: management of polycystic ovary syndromeSubscription

    24 MAR 2020By

    As the most common incurable hormonal condition affecting women of reproductive age, polycystic ovary syndrome can lead to infertility, anxiety and cardiovascular disease if it is not managed appropriately.

    A day in the life of a chronic pain pharmacist

    A day in the life of a chronic pain pharmacist Subscription

    2 MAR 2020By

    Once developed, chronic pain can last a lifetime, but Peter Farley, a chronic pain pharmacist, believes that there is scope to mitigate this.

    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

    24 FEB 2020By

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

    Stephanie Ghartey with a colleague

    A day in the life of a pharmacist advanced clinical practitioner Subscription

    17 FEB 2020By

    Delivering bad news to patients and their families is a part of Stephanie Ghartey’s role that she finds particularly difficult.

    Andrew Rowlands, a lead nutrition pharmacist at Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    A day in the life of a nutrition support pharmacist Subscription

    10 FEB 2020By

    Clinical nutrition is an area of nutrition that requires pharmacists to work closely with the clinical team, rather than focusing solely on compounding.

    Two people in a heated stalemate

    What to do when your preregistration trainee is unhappy with their training Subscription

    27 JAN 2020By ,

    When a preregistration trainee is dissatisfied with their placement, it is important that their employer tries to address the underlying issues.

    What pharmacy preregistration trainees should consider before switching placements

    Consider these six factors before switching pharmacy preregistration training sitesSubscription

    20 JAN 2020By ,

    Pharmacy preregistration trainees may wish to move placements, but the decision to switch should not be made lightly.

    Case based learning postnatal depression

    Case-based learning: postnatal depressionSubscription

    17 JAN 2020By

    Appropriate early recognition and timely treatment of postnatal depression is essential if patients are to make a full recovery.

    The six qualities all excellent pre-registration tutors have

    The six qualities all excellent preregistration tutors should have Subscription

    23 DEC 2019By

    Whether new or experienced, there are qualities all excellent preregistration tutors should possess.

    Jaidev Mehta, a pharmacy business intelligence manager for NHS England and NHS Improvement

    A day in the life of a pharmacy business intelligence managerSubscription

    18 NOV 2019By

    Jaidev Mehta details a typical day as a pharmacy business intelligence manager, analysing medicines utilisation data to reduce variation in the provider sector.

    Managing common ear problems: discharge, ache and dizziness

    Managing common ear problems: discharge, ache and dizzinessSubscription

    12 NOV 2019By

    Pharmacists and their teams should be able to manage patients presenting with ear discharge, earache and dizziness effectively, referring patients only when necessary.

    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.

    Reflective account

    Reflective account example: a community pharmacist reflects on his communication skills

    4 OCT 2019By

    Do you feel confident in completing your reflective account? This example helps you understand what you need to include in your GPhC submission

    Learning using laptop

    Unplanned learning example: improving understanding of patient experience in acne

    3 OCT 2019By

    An example CPD entry from the perspective of a community pharmacist who has recently completed unplanned CPD on acne.

    Student taking notes and on laptop

    Planned learning example: learning about endometriosis

    2 OCT 2019By

    An example CPD entry from the perspective of a community pharmacist who has recently completed planned CPD on endometriosis.

    Did you know?

    Our careers content is now organised by sectors, so whether you work in community pharmacy, hospital, industry or academia you will find content relevant to this standard here

    Did you know?

    All of our clinical and soft skills articles would be applicable to this standard.

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