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Pharmaceutical Care Awards 2001

"Signature of pharmacist" - music to the ears

“Signature of pharmacist” — music to the ears

Pharmacists looking forward to the time when they can prescribe themselves will gain some vicarious pleasure from the words “Signature of pharmacist” on the prescription form CP1 reproduced in part on the cover of this week’s issue.

The CP1, specially designed for pharmacists, has been in use in two places in Scotland for nearly a year. These pharmacists are able to prescribe independently for a wide range of minor ailments. In other parts of Scotland, supplementary prescribing is taking off, too, with the imminent launch of a repeat prescribing pilot just outside Edinburgh (p238).

Not all pharmacists would necessarily want to follow the lead of these colleagues. Some will be concerned that independent prescribing for minor ailments would lead to a drop in income from sales of over-the-counter medicines. Others will be unwilling to become involved in offering any new service until they are convinced that a local pharmaceutical services contract and/or new national contract will not leave them out of pocket.

However, the existence of these pilots and other schemes in development all over the United Kingdom illustrates what a “can do” approach to professional development can achieve. Such new services, coupled with the expected shift of many more prescription products to pharmacy status over the next couple of years (PJ , 2 February, p131) should offer even the most reluctant pharmacists a chance to work in a new way if they wish. The importance of describing the achievements of the ground breakers of today is so that they can become commonplace tomorrow.


Pharmaceutical Care Awards 2001

This year’s Pharmaceutical Care Awards will be different. It is the 10th anniversary of the awards and, to mark the occasion, we are organising a conference in early July at which the finalists will be given the chance to present their work. The conference will be addressed by the chairman of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, Sir Michael Rawlins, who will also present the prizes to the winners at a dinner in the evening. All this is being made possible with the support of GlaxoSmithKline.

It promises to be an enjoyable and stimulating day, so if you would like to have the opportunity of joining in the celebrations you must not hesitate to enter the awards. All entrants will be invited to the conference and finalists will also be invited to the dinner.



Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 20006080

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