Nov 07 2014

Antimicrobial resistance – how you can make the difference


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

david-banford(1)by David Branford, Chair of the English Pharmacy Board

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 »

Sep 09 2014

Why all practising pharmacists should be involved in research

davidmcrae150x150By David McRae, Clinical Trials Pharmacist, Cwm Taf University Health Board, Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil

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 »

Aug 28 2014

How are new medicines developed?

Simon MacKay compressed for webBy Simon MacKay, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Strathclyde.

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 »

Aug 27 2014

Pharmacy services for the “oldest” old

Maria Veart 150x150By Maria Veart MRPharmS, Research & Clinical Pharmacist, Hospital@Home, NHS Fife

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 »

Aug 07 2014

Pharmacists well placed to advise on diabetes

diabetes-pic by Claire Howell, Community Pharmacist, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

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 »

Jul 14 2014

Pharmacy behind bars – the challenges

crichards150x150 By Cathryn Richards, Head of Pharmaceutical Services, HMP Swansea

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 »