Our visionary move to East Smithfield

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By RPS Treasurer and Chair of RPS Relocation Board, Sultan ‘Sid’ Dajani

The move to East Smithfield on the edge of the City of London is a solid investment for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) that puts the organisation on a firm financial footing and provides long-term stability for our future. Read more Our visionary move to East Smithfield

RPS’s new home marks the start of a new era

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By RPS President Ash Soni

The move to our new offices at 66-68 East Smithfield marks an exciting new era for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. The building is purposely designed to be a 21st Century building for a 21st Century royal society. It will showcase both our proud history and our contemporary leading role within the pharmacy profession. Read more RPS’s new home marks the start of a new era

I Love My Pharmacist competition: SID’s story

Sultan 'SID' Dajani
Sultan ‘SID’ Dajani

Despite achieving the grades to do medicine at university, my surgeon father, who thought I wasn’t quite cut out to be a doctor, suggested a career in pharmacy instead – because I loved the science and social aspects of health. My motivations were never prizes or accolades but helping my patients as much as possible, because success is not about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make to peoples’ lives and there’s nothing more rewarding or satisfying. Read more I Love My Pharmacist competition: SID’s story

I Love My Pharmacist competition: Reena’s story

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Reena Barai

When I first heard about the ‘I Love My Pharmacist’ competition, I remember smiling to myself about the title.  I have always proclaimed that ‘I love pharmacy’ and so the title struck a chord with me.  A friend emailed me about the competition and said that I ‘had’ to enter.  I remember replying back to her joking that I wouldn’t be able to find a customer who admits to loving me!

That same day I delivered some urgent medication to a customer of mine and she was so grateful.   She said to me that she ‘would be lost without my help’.  I took this compliment as a subconscious declaration of love!  Every day, every pharmacist does something above and beyond their call of duty and yet these acts of human kindness go unnoticed by most. Read more I Love My Pharmacist competition: Reena’s story

10 things about sunscreen that every pharmacist should know

By Neal Patel, RPS Head of Corporate Communications

OK, I’ll admit when I was told there may be things about sunscreen I didn’t really know I felt pretty sure that I was clear on how it worked and how to choose the right product. Sunscreen is simple, right? Sunscreen and actually the whole sun protection area is complex, and for those of us with little time to consider what the label actually means, may even be confusing. Read more 10 things about sunscreen that every pharmacist should know

Access to Summary Care Records for all pharmacists in England – the benefits for the profession and patients

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The long hoped for rollout of community pharmacist access to the Summary Care Record (SCR) across the whole of England has been announced. I believe this is a great development for the pharmacy profession. Read more Access to Summary Care Records for all pharmacists in England – the benefits for the profession and patients

Homeopathy – should pharmacists be selling homeopathic products?

jaynelawrenceBy Professor Jayne Lawrence FFRPS FRPharmS, Chief Scientist, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Once again homeopathy is in the news. In fact it hardly ever seems to be out of it. It is certainly a subject that elicits much passion from both those who support it and those who believe it to be quackery. Read more Homeopathy – should pharmacists be selling homeopathic products?

Carers and pharmacy

Lindsay Pic Nov2013 (1)By Lindsay Lockhart, Pharmacy Development Co-ordinator (Scotland)

I am delighted to have been asked to blog about what pharmacy can do/does to support carers.

Since 2012 Carers Trust Scotland has taken forward the Carers Trust Scotland Pharmacy Project, which was developed to; raise awareness of carers amongst pharmacists; help identify and increase the level of self-identification by people who have a caring role; and increase the number of carers aware of specialist carer support available in their local community. Read more Carers and pharmacy

What is primary care?

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By Gareth Holyfield, FRPharmS, MPH, DipCommPharm, Principal Pharmacist, Public Health Wales and Welsh Pharmacy Board member

During my working week, and through many media sources on healthcare, I hear the term ‘primary care’ but what exactly is primary care?

I guess it means different things to different people. This is my personal take, based on my experiences in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and health board management.

‘Primary care,’ according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is ‘the healthcare provided in the community for people making an initial approach to a medical practitioner or clinic for advice or treatment.’  Read more What is primary care?

Prudent healthcare – what it means for pharmacists

26.06.14Royal Pharmaceutical SocietyMair Davies, FFRPS, FRPharmS, Chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

‘Prudent healthcare’ is a phrase frequently used by politicians and healthcare leaders across Wales but what does prudent healthcare mean and what are the implications for pharmacists and the people of Wales?

Read more Prudent healthcare – what it means for pharmacists