Dec 17 2014

Pharmacists’ role in urgent and emergency care

Keith Willettby Keith Willett, NHS England’s Director for Acute Episodes of Care, and leader of NHS England’s Urgent and Emergency Care Review

The urgent and emergency care review is very clear about the number of points in the pathway where pharmacists can contribute.  Pharmacy is one of the most under-appreciated professional groups in terms of the impact they can have on urgent and emergency care.

If we start at the care pathway, there are things pharmacists can contribute, particularly around medicines optimisation and advance care planning for patients, such as how they want to respond to exacerbations in their illness. Read more »

Dec 15 2014

Is your revision ONtrack?

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By Marina Ayad Lambros MRPharmS, qualified July 2014

And the countdown begins…

I did my pre-registration training last year at The Imperial College NHS Trust; my year was packed with learning, new challenges and many achievements. However, I decided at the end of the year that I wanted a bit more experience within community so I am currently locuming for many large chain companies including Superdrug and several independent pharmacies. I found that having the ability to be organised and use time wisely is key if you want to succeed as a pre-registration pharmacist and as a qualified pharmacist. As a result I’ve put together some revision advice for those of you undertaking your training this year!

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Dec 09 2014

Developing a research strategy for Wales

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Dr Sarah Hiom, MPharmS, PhD, All Wales Specialist Pharmacist, R & D, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

A core message coming from our professional leaders is that ‘research is everybody’s business.’ A Research and Evaluation cluster is now included in the Advanced Pharmacy Framework of the RPS Faculty. Increasingly, the commissioning of NHS services is being based on patient outcomes so the need to provide evidence to support our current or future services is essential. Read more »

Dec 04 2014

Faculty Action Learning Sets – getting by with a little help from our friends

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By Rob Davies, MFRPSII MRPharmS, Primary Care Pharmacist BCUHB, Board Member RPS Wales, Faculty Champion

As I was writing this blog, I was reminded of a line from one of my favourite Beatles songs: “With a little help from my friends”. For me, this encapsulates the essence of an RPS Faculty Action Learning Set: to be helped on your Faculty journey and help others on theirs. Read more »

Dec 04 2014

Develop your staff through the Faculty

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By Sudhir Sehrawat, Director & Superintendent Pharmacist, Insync Healthcare Pharmacy, Cardiff South Wales, Cardiff and Vale LPF Lead

As we near the end of 2014, I am fortunate to have been nominated LPF Lead for Cardiff and Vale Local Practice Forum. For me, this post is full of excitement, opportunities and challenges. Cardiff and Vale LPF have an enthusiastic steering group and committed members. As we head into 2015 we are tasked with growing the membership – a challenge for all LPFs! Read more »

Nov 07 2014

Antimicrobial resistance – how you can make the difference

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By Neal Patel, Head of Corporate Communications, RPS

This week the Royal Pharmaceutical Society hosted a national Antimicrobial Summit in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal College of Nursing, and in collaboration with Public Health England and the Department of Health.

This event recognised the fact that antimicrobial resistance is everyone’s problem and will require collective as well as individual action to meet the public health challenge resistance poses. Read more »

Oct 31 2014

Winter pressures campaigns – pharmacists and urgent care

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This year NHS England has promoted two campaigns encouraging people to visit their pharmacist for early health advice when they feel unwell. As far as I know this is unprecedented.

The campaigns aim to address winter pressures on the urgent care system by raising public awareness of community pharmacies as the place to go with common health problems. It has been developed in response the findings of NHS England’s review into urgent and emergency care. Read more »

Oct 30 2014

Think leadership isn’t for you? Think again

marianneby Marianne MacDonald, RPS Leadership Workstream Project Manager

Think of a great leader you’ve worked with in your career

Was it someone who swooped in to ‘save the day’, imposing an autocratic vision for change? Or was it someone in the background who engaged a whole team to care enough to want to make a difference?

Often if we are asked to think of a great leader, it’s an example of the former – the ‘hero’ leader – that automatically springs to mind. While this type of leader has a role (usually in a crisis situation), it also means that leadership is reserved for the very few in the upper echelons of an organisation. It’s also an outmoded concept of leadership. Read more »

Oct 20 2014

Pharmacists can help deliver urgent care

Dr Clifford Mannby Dr Clifford Mann, President of the College of Emergency Medicine

The College of Emergency Medicine  is established to advance education and research in Emergency Medicine. Amongst a range of activities, the College works to ensure high quality care by setting and monitoring standards of care, and providing expert guidance and advice on policy to relevant bodies on matters relating to Emergency Medicine.

As President of the College, I have been working to tackle the serious challenges facing emergency medicine. These challenges are adversely affecting the performance of our Accident and Emergency Departments across the UK and Ireland. Read more »

Oct 19 2014

The time is right for a nationwide pharmacy common ailments service

by AshoAsh_Soni_0411k Soni OBE, FRPharmS, President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

If you feel unwell with a common ailment, such as a sore throat, cold, cough or upset stomach, but want urgent treatment, where would you go? Your pharmacy, your GP surgery or your local A&E department?

We’ve just launched research which shows that millions more people could benefit from being treated at for common ailments by their local pharmacy. Treatment results are equally good regardless of whether you are treated at a pharmacy, A&E or GP practice, and you’d get a fast, same- day service too. Read more »