When I was asked to blog about pharmacy practice research and evaluation here in Wales, I gleefully seized upon the opportunity. It was a certain type of glee – the type of happiness you experience when you turn over an exam paper to find a twenty mark question on the topic you revised only last night. The recent RPS Annual Conference has focused many of our minds on research and why it is so necessary. Read more »
Every day we see stories in the media about new drug discoveries. Medicines have revolutionised the treatment of disease, reduced the need for hospitalisation and surgery, and improved the quality of life of patients. Pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists are central to the discovery of new drugs and the development of new medicines for the treatment of many conditions. But how do new medicines get discovered in the first place? Read more »
Given the choice I imagine that most elderly patients would prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home and be treated there when ill, with friends and family close by, rather than be admitted to hospital. Now, thanks to a project in NHS Fife 80% of elderly patients in this area are able to receive hospital-like treatments in their own home. Read more »
Back in June, I was invited by a call centre in Swansea to perform diabetes risk assessments. Health professionals know what the risk factors are for diabetes but do the general public? Pharmacists, I think, are well placed to help raise awareness of these risk factors. Read more »
Being a prison pharmacist has its own set of challenges but challenges tend to reap their own rewards. Most of the time I feel like I’m making a positive difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable in society.
I work in a Category B prison holding 445 adult male prisoners with the majority being Welsh.
Prisoners often arrive at the prison emaciated by drugs and alcohol, weak physically and mentally. Read more »
Being one of the first Faculty members has been both a challenging and rewarding experience. The main challenge was the dive into the unknown and some trepidation about the assessment process. I worried: Will my evidence be good enough? Will the assessors think I am at the same level of practice as I think I am? Will the assessment be fair and consistent? Read more »
Personalised medicine is the practice of using an individual’s genetic profile to inform decisions made about an individual’s treatment plan. It’s regularly hailed in the media as the next great medical revolution, but hasn’t it always been with us in one way or another?
Personalised medicine is not a new concept. As long as 2,000 years ago there was an understanding that we should all be treated as individuals, consistent with beliefs about medicine at that time. Read more »
First, let’s get one thing straight. Anyone who knows me will know I didn’t do this whole Faculty thing spontaneously! I was asked to do it and I said ‘yes’. However, anyone who knows me will ALSO know that I wouldn’t have said ‘yes’, if I wasn’t moved to do so!
It would be something of an understatement to say that I am less than proficient at recording my Continuing Professional Development (CPD) entries. I attend courses and I discover gaps in my knowledge all the time. I learn new things every day, most of which I should have learned years ago! But, and I know I am not alone, I am always ‘too busy’ to make the relevant entry. Clearly I’m not. But I like to tell myself that I am. And anyone else who will listen. Read more »
Increasingly, pharmacists are expected to play a role in promoting public health. In Wales we are involved in public health campaigns such as #herecomesthesun and #askaboutclots and provide advice to patients on lifestyle issues such as smoking cessation and healthy eating. Read more »
I guess I had several motivations for wanting to join the RPS Faculty. I liked the idea of gaining some recognition for being committed to my job, always trying to do things better and taking a real interest in my profession. I also thought it would be a useful process in terms of helping me identify my weak areas of practice, I’m a contractor as well as a patient facing pharmacist so I find it quite difficult to access peer review, I’ve always sort of made up my professional development as I’ve gone along! Read more »